The State Local Government And Education Council

  • Ten Reasons Why Local Governments Should Outsource All IT Operations

    by Dr. Alan R. Shark, Executive Director, Public Technology Institute, a subsidiary of CompTIA  | June 27, 2019
    Given the growing complexities of planning and maintaining technology as well as having the right staff, many local governments might be much better off outsourcing some or all of their IT operations.
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  • Smart City Conferences Meet Citizen Engagement: A Recap of City Launch 2019

    by Shazmin Hirji  | April 02, 2019
    Smart city conferences usually showcase technology solutions city governments can use to collect data and, ideally, solve problems in their cities such as traffic congestion or poor water quality. However, if you ask officials from Connected Communities Collaborative (CCC), these conferences have a big problem: They’re not engaging citizens to define and solve real problems in their cities.
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  • Survey Reveals Biggest Issues Facing Local Government IT Officials

    by Roger Hughlett  | March 20, 2019
    The Public Technology Institute (PTI) recently released results from the "2019 Trends in the Local Government IT Workforce: Professional Development, Skills and Hiring National Survey."
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  • Looping in Technology in New Governor’s Future Administration

    by Jennifer Saha  | August 06, 2018
    As the gubernatorial primary winners move into the next phase of the election while considering the needs of the people in their states, CompTIA State & Local Government and Education (SLED) can offer a valuable tech industry resource for their campaign and administration as they map out their policy and administrative priorities.
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  • Blockchain at the State and Local Level

    by Jennifer Saha  | August 01, 2018
    CompTIA’s SLED Council gathered in Boston, Massachusetts last week to hear from a number of initiatives taking place within the state. A highlight of the SLED Summit was a panel discussing CompTIA’s Blockchain Guide: Harnessing the Blockchain Revolution: CompTIA’s Practical Guide for the Public Sector.
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  • A Look at 2018 Federal Tech Policy and Tech Spending

    by Lana Sansur  | May 01, 2018
    Last week, the CompTIA State & Local Government and Education (SLED) Council hosted its first SLED Summit of the year at the Verizon Tech & Policy Center in Washington DC. We heard from government and public sector leaders, the federal government and other local leaders who dove into issues relevant to our SLED Council membership. One of our speakers was Charles Cooper, executive vice president of the Signal Group who provided a federal tech policy government outlook with a deep dive into the current administration and how federal policies will affect policy and tech spending at the state/local level.
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  • Inaugural SLED Summit in Chicago Huge Success!

    by Jennifer Saha  | December 11, 2017
    Illinois has made some great progress in procurement reform over the past year and CompTIA’s State and Local Government and Education (SLED) Council membership gathered in Chicago last week to discuss the current business landscape as well as focus on some new innovative technologies being used in the state.
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  • CompTIA Offers Assistance on Florida’s Terms and Conditions

    by Jennifer Saha  | June 08, 2017
    The State of Florida’s Department of Management Services has recently proposed some changes to their standard terms and conditions for state contracts. The state’s Agency for State Technology recently survived an attempt to decentralize technology funding, estimated at more than $700m annually. The proposed changes to the state’s standard terms and conditions take the state in the wrong direction. CompTIA expressed some concerns with the proposed changes and, with $700 million on the line in technology spending annually, we are hopeful that Florida hears our concerns and takes them to heart.
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  • Tech Leaders Strategize on How to Improve Civic Engagement

    by Jennifer Saha  | December 16, 2016
    Sacramento State University recently hosted a series of events to examine what is possible when government and technology interface. CompTIA’s SLED Council is a big supporter of the Sac State Policy and Politics program and even sponsored a $5,000 scholarship for a graduate student in 2016.
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  • Restrictive Terms and Conditions on Tech Contracts in the State of Idaho Need to be Examined

    by Jennifer Saha  | November 04, 2016
    Last week, I testified in front of the Idaho Legislature’s State Procurement Laws Committee on the need to modernize IT procurement. Idaho, like many states around the nation, has modeled IT procurements according to legislative direction but that direction is intentionally broad and allows considerable policy-setting flexibility to the procurement oversight agency within the state. The state agency and administrators set the standard terms and conditions that dictate which companies will bid on contracts and thus, influence the technologies implemented within the state.
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