States, vendors prepare for hurricane season

The official start of Hurricane Season 2009 saw Florida Governor Charlie Crist, Alabama Governor Bob Riley, President Barack Obama and other regional officials issuing words of warning and support in preparation for the next hurricane strikes. But state and federal officials aren’t the only ones marking the beginning of hurricane season. Government contractors, offering infrastructure network, disaster relief and database back-up solutions have also joined in the conversation.

New York looks to position itself in the ‘new economy’

New York Governor David Paterson unveiled a statewide economic strategy to capitalize on federal stimulus dollars Monday. The Governor’s plan looks to drive the New York economic recovery by tapping funds available to the fields of clean energy, environmental sustainability, technology and health care.

Staying ahead of the health IT curve

Perot Systems released a webcast Thursday focused on the health information technology industry, the stimulus package and Perot System’s emerging ambitions to expand their reputation as a thought leader in health care.

Helping state and local governments tap Generation Y talent

Deloitte Consulting continues their survey of young professionals in the workforce with a look at “Generation Y” employees in state government. In particular, the latest survey compares Gen Y workers in government with their private sector counterparts. The survey finds that Gen Yers are motivated by factors beyond monetary gain and that state governments have a tremendous opportunity to tap eager Gen Y talent to make government more responsive, collaborative and efficient.

Above The Fold 06.04.09

What the Stimulus Package giveth – the economy taketh away…Dear John, Your prescription records and your social security numbers have been exposed. Bad touch of luck. Love, Virginia…Upstate New York towns and villiages get Senate go-ahead to form Voltron – of sorts…Doc’s need help with “virtual erector sets”….

Above The Fold 06.03.09

California OR IS Bust!…State budgets looking for hangover remedies, docs say cure could be years away…Indictments for technology contracts being handed out like takeout menus in Mass. and Virgina…Utility commissions want to be in the broadband huddle…DMV face recognition gets time in the spotlight…

In Triplicate: The Mile-High approach to transparency

In the state of Colorado, Governor Bill Ritter and his Economic Recovery Team are working to make sure stimulus dollars are spent wisely and with full transparency. Some states are waiting for the technical specifications to be issued by the Office of Management and Budget. But Colorado is trying to be proactive.