Of all the concerns keeping Governors’ Homeland Security Advisors up at night, cybersecurity ranks top of the list.

States aren’t using data effectively. With access to massive caches of data, states could be true data-driven decision makers. However, many states have mixed success in using administrative data to drive decisions, according to a recent Pew Charitable Trusts report.






When shopping for smartphones and tablets, FirstNet was looking for something that could handle more than calling an Uber and snapping the perfect selfie.






AT&T and the First Responder Network Authority recently announced the launch of the FirstNet network core. With the launch, first responders now have nationwide access to a specialized communications system designed to meet their unique needs.






The Senate Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, Innovation, and the Internet took a deep dive look at the future of broadband in the United States during a hearing on Tuesday.






In times of emergency, state governors have regularly called in the National Guard, for reasons such as assisting the recovery after natural disasters like Hurricane Katrina in 2005 or to suppress protests in Ferguson, Mo., in 2014. If voting systems are under siege, should they do the same?






The Trump administration has a fever for curing Fraud, Waste, and Abuse (FWA)–in fact, this is perhaps the most important Three Letter Acronym in Federal IT today. So, GAO’s January report on the shortcomings of CMS Transformed Medicaid Statistical Information System (T-MSIS) and the fact that Medicaid improper payments hit an estimated $36.7 billion in 2017 raised temperatures across government.






When the Land of Lincoln needed a new CIO this fall, Illinois-native Kirk Lonbom couldn’t have been a more obvious choice. With two years as CISO and more than 15 years of experience with the state government, Lonbom had the right credentials for the job. So, it was no surprise when Gov. Bruce Rauner tapped Lonbom to head the Illinois Department of Innovation & Technology as state CIO.






Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. If any state IT pros are still looking for a Valentine, they should look no further than digital innovation.






The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) want to modernize, but are being held back by a vestige of the 20th century–clunky, outdated technology platforms.






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