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May 21, 2013

In the era of austerity, and seemingly endless conversations about budget deficits, finding solutions that both cut costs and make sure payments make it to...

May 19, 2013

White House order means agencies will need to give more attention to data lifecycle management.

Officials from leading companies GAO spoke with reported saving 4-15 percent over prior year spending through strategically sourcing the full range of services they buy—a process that moves away from numerous individual purchases to an aggregate approach. The federal government and leading companies buy many of the same services, such as facilities management, engineering, and information technology. Companies' keen analysis of spending, coupled with central management and knowledge sharing about the services they buy, is key to their savings. Their analysis of spending patterns can ...

May 15, 2013

Code for America is planning a National Day of Civic Hacking next month to "promote transparency, participation and collaboration between governments and citizens." In advance of the event, they've explained how cities can benefit from civic hacking.

Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley has been pushing ever more public data into the spotlight in his state and now even more of it will be...

May 12, 2013

Every time Los Angeles exhales, odd-looking gadgets anchored in the mountains above the city trace the invisible puffs of carbon dioxide, methane and other greenhouse gases that waft skyward.

May 8, 2013

WAR — When school started here in the fall, 1 out of 7 classrooms was without a teacher; leaders couldnt recruit enough educators to this sparsely populated rural area at the southern tip of West Virginia. When officials turned on the mandatory sec...

May 6, 2013

For a city known for concrete and freeways, Houston has made great strides investing in parks and green spaces. With several new parks completed and in the works, and older ones being renovated, the transformation is garnering national attention.

May 4, 2013

Summary: With the right approach, social media can expedite the exchange of information between stakeholders, facilitate participatory planning, and build better places. Two case studies offer insight for using social media to connect with communities.

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The City Council and private foundations are paying for the extra instruction which is part of a $4.6 million effort to improve middle school reading.

April 30, 2013

April 26, 2013

States that expand Medicaid eligibility under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act can substantially expedite enrollment and retention for participants in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). In such states, 97 percent of SNAP recipients will qualify for Medicaid. Even where SNAP provides broad-based categorical eligibility, 95 percent of recipients will qualify for Medicaid. SNAP receipt can thus verify Medicaid applicants' financial eligibility and allow administrative renewal for consumers already receiving Medicaid. In 2014, waivers could permit the automated ...

For inventors and companies getting a patent or trademark the process can be long and difficult. Patent applications have their own language, and both users...

THANKS to Brett Goldstein, Chicagos chief information officer, it is easy to discover a great deal about his city. In the past three months 5,973 vehicles were moved; since the start of 2011, 72,687 complaints about faulty lights in alleyways have been reported; and in the first half of 2012 the tourist-information website was apparently unavailable for 5,870 minutes. (The city says this was caused by a fault in the monitoring software.)Needless to say, Mr Goldstein will want to get this fixed if he is to retain his annual salary of $154,992. Yet the nugget of data is a tiny detail in a ...

You are automatically 23 times more likely to have a crash if you have a cell phone in your hand, but still, experts say texting while driving has become a deadly epidemic.

April 23, 2013

The new protocols call for any vacant or abandoned building that is unoccupied for six months or longer to adhere to new board up guidelines put forth by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Commercial bicyclists are now required to carry an identification card and wear helmets and reflective upper body clothing with the business' name and cyclist's ID number on the back.

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