New public sector offering from Microsoft aimed at stimulus funds

Microsoft officially announced Microsoft Stimulus360 this afternoon, though details have been forthcoming from the company for a few weeks now. Microsoft Stimulus360 is touted as an all-inclusive look at “the full life cycle of economic stimulus programs to provide greater accountability at all levels” of government, according to company information.

Above the Fold 05.04.09

Virginia informs software vendors how much its willing to pay…Mountain town left out in the cold…Snubbing the Veterans’ (software)…State and..

Despite stimulus funds, transit budget gaps remain

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) contained $8.4 billion in stimulus funding for public transit systems accross the country. Yet transit agencies from New York to Atlanta, Madison to San Francisco are facing massive layoffs and service cutbacks to cover widening budget gaps.

Above the Fold 05.01.09

British take aim at Rhode Island…Ill. contractor asks for $12 million for next week’s allowance…VA health department asks neighbors if..

Above the Fold 04.30.09

Fla. Legislators: We’re gonna need to see some I.D….Rhode Island legislators: So are we…You say tomato, we say tom’ah’to…Transportation bill..

Editorial: National ‘IT Dialogue’ at midway point

It has been nearly a full seventy-two hours since President Barack Obama and his team of celebrated techies opened the doors of for improvements. The crowdsourceing experiment is nearly half-finished (or half-full for all you optimists out there) and so a quick recap is in order.

Texas broadband RFI could prove problematic

The state of Texas is looking to gather some information about implementing a broadband Internet initiative statewide. The Texas Department of Agriculture and the Texas Public Utility Commission issued a request for information (RFI) yesterday to extend broadband connectivity to areas of the state currently unserved and underserved. But, Texas does not have a good track record of insuring funds get to those unserved and underserved.

Above the Fold 04.29.09

Stimulus jobs, how I count the ways…Google unleashes the chart monster…A rare showing of journalism performed by ABC…New York’s head..

Selling efficiency in a down market

As state and local governments watch their budget pools dry up, they’re waiting to see if the stimulus is a mirage. CivSource speaks with Rick Copeland about how Tyler Technologies can help local leaders figure it out.

Mapping among a host of issues facing broadband projects

A coalition of telecommunications consulting organizations are set to discuss the future of broadband mapping today. The LinkAMERICA Alliance will outline broadband mapping best practices during a presentation today as part of the National Association of State Chief Information Officers’ mid-year conference.

Above the Fold 04.28.09

Missouri reps spar over $1 billion tax cut…Florida reps spar over federal stimulus…California counties spar with immigrants who need health..