Gov 2.0 News

November 14, 2011

The Department of Veterans Affairs is way ahead of the curve when it comes to electronic medical records, which it's been collecting for 25 years. The Million Veteran Project launched this year is an effort to pair the records with blood samples which contain DNA from 1 million veterans.

November 10, 2011

The MTA has confirmed incidents of spitting on transit workers, usually on buses but also on trains, are happening about 14 times every month.

November 9, 2011

Executive order trims spending on agency travel, personal technology and promotional items.

Oregon voters can use iPads — but not other kinds of tablet PCs — to mark their ballots.

November 8, 2011

Idaho became the first state in the nation to require high school students to take at least two credits online to graduate, despite heavy criticism of the plan at a series of public hearings.

Police departments are starting to equip officers with video cameras on their uniforms. It's supposed to protect both cops and the public, and clarify he-said-she-said situations. But the technology is raising a number of questions and concerns about privacy and who has access to the videos.

November 5, 2011

"Redfields to Greenfields," a project currently being developed at Georgia Tech in partnership with City Parks Alliance advocacy group, would convert empty commercial sites into parks, writes Nate Berg for The Atlantic Cities.
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November 3, 2011

Environmental criminology may not be the most well-known field, but in this profile of Nikki Filipuzzi and her work throughout Calgary, Tamara Gignac shows how even the right amounts of shrubbery and light can make the city safer.
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November 1, 2011

Six clinics in Montana will be the subject of a new, federal coordinated care pilot. The clinics are located in Helena, Missoula, Bozeman, Livingston, Great Falls and Libby and will get extra money for every Medicare patient they see. The money will go to create coordinated care programs for these patients. The coordinated care program [...]

A technology company in Maryland has developed a speed bump that captures the kinetic energy of the cars driving over it and sends it back into the grid.
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This second case study of the implementation of Best Start LA finds that the place-based investmentdesigned to improve the well-being, development and care experienced by children ages five and underhas made good progress during its second year, gaining momentum as it has become more firmly established in the downtown Metro LA pilot community. <em>Welcome Baby!</em> home visiting appears to be a high-quality service that could serve as a model throughout Los Angeles County. Community strategies have been funded through a series of "first step" contracts with various local agencies ...

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - West Virginia University law students will soon be helping veterans with their legal problems. The WVU College of Law will sign an agreement Thursday with the Louis A. Johnson VA hospital in Clarksburg. Director William Cox is expected...

UCLA mathematicians devise an algorithm based on data from the Los Angeles Police Department for the Hollenbeck area east of downtown. A team of UCLA researchers has delved again into the world of crime fighting, this time developing a computer program capable of pointing police to potential suspects when feuds between rival gangs erupt into violence.

Emergency managers around the U.S. are looking at ways to get the public's attention when dangerous conditions exist.

October 31, 2011

The new website takes thousands of jobs listed in the state's job bank and sorts them by region.

WASHINGTON The tool allows users to compare emissions and the lifetime operating costs of different conventional vehicles and those running on alternative fuels and powertrains.

The Miami-Dade school district recently decided to eliminate midterms and finals as a requirement. Officials say the move is meant to lighten the testing load on students — many of whom are, of course, thrilled.

October 30, 2011

October 26, 2011

Denver could join a growing list of cities where police wear digital cameras to record encounters with the public, a move the local ACLU says could increase officers' accountability but one that raises concerns among privacy advocates.

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