Utah's troubled COVID-19 tech contracts could spur procurement reform
A report from the state's legislative auditor this week showed that departments did not communicate effectively as they rushed into no-bid technology contracts necessitated by the pandemic.
California wants innovative ways to double COVID-19 testing, transport
The state put out a call this week to organizations and community groups with ideas on how to boost the state's collection and transport of biological samples — quickly.
Four ways local governments can promote startup innovation
Commentary: Two "smart city" experts urge local leaders to create regulatory environments that encourage growth and innovation.
Maryland’s secret weapon for better IT: basic communication
The state’s top technology official says basic verbal communication paired with critical thinking can save state governments time and money.
Former 18F staffers create 'State Software Collaborative'
Robin Carnahan and Waldo Jaquith want states to stop "reinventing the wheel" with each new technology procurement and instead work together to create software they can share.
Cities face 'huge trade-off' to adopt new tech for coronavirus response
Tech startups trying to offer cities products at reduced cost said altering processes during a crisis presents a major challenge to local governments.
Connecticut governor says new bill would enable more digital services
The state's purchasing, digital identity management and citizen services are primed for the greatest improvements under Gov. Ned Lamont's proposal.
Philadelphia's first 'Pitch & Pilot' aims to reduce waste with tech
The city is offering little direction to potential applicants, hoping to encourage creativity in their proposals to eliminate waste and litter.
Connecticut launches ‘problem-based’ procurement for digital government
State CIO Mark Raymond said the new process should yield more creative solutions, more quickly.