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Category Archives: E-Government

Constitutional Cost of Fees for Access to Electronic Public Court Records

Schultze, Stephen, The Price of Ignorance: The Constitutional Cost of Fees for Access to Electronic Public Court Records (August 25, 2017). Georgetown Law Journal, Vol. 106, No. 4, 2018. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3026779 “The United States federal judiciary maintains a system called PACER, “Public Access to Court Electronic Records.” PACER is the public gateway into… Continue Reading

Report – The Best Sates for Data Innovation

“Across the United States, entrepreneurs and business officials, data scientists, civic leaders, and educators are laying the groundwork for using data to grow the economy and address a range of societal challenges. “The Best States for Data Innovation,” a recent report from the Center for Data Innovation, reviews a series of indicators that rank states… Continue Reading

Implementation of facial recognition technology widens across the world

The Economist: “…Technology is rapidly catching up with the human ability to read faces. In America facial recognition is used by churches to track worshippers’ attendance; in Britain, by retailers to spot past shoplifters. This year Welsh police used it to arrest a suspect outside a football game. In China it verifies the identities of… Continue Reading

18F working on new centralized FOIA website

FedScoop: “The General Services Administration’s 18F digital services team has begun work to build a modern, centralized “portal” for Freedom of Information Act requests. The FOIA Improvement Act of 2016 directs the Department of Justice to create a “consolidated online request portal that allows a member of the public to submit a request for records under… Continue Reading

DHS – Hurricane Harvey Response Site

Hurricane Harvey Response – Using the Power of Partnerships to Help Impacted Communities: Homeland Infrastructure Foundation-Level Data (HIFLD) – “This site provides geospatial data from authoritative sources where possible that can be useful to support community response and recovery to Hurricane Harvey. The data is available for download as CSV, KML, Shapefile, and accessible via… Continue Reading

Report to the President on Federal IT Modernization

“Executive Order (EO) 13,800 tasks the Director of the American Technology Council (ATC) to coordinate a report to the President from the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the Director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), and the Administrator of the General Services Administration (GSA), in consultation with the Secretary of… Continue Reading

August/September 2017: Hurricane Harvey

National Geodetic Survey damage assessment imagery available online. “From August 27-September 4, the National Geodetic Survey (NGS) collected damage assessment imagery in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. The aerial imagery was collected in specific areas identified by FEMA and the National Weather Service. You can access all of the images collected online. Select the round… Continue Reading

Powering Science: NASA’s Large Strategic Science Missions

“NASA’s Science Mission Directorate (SMD) currently operates over five dozen missions, with approximately two dozen additional missions in development. These missions span the scientific fields associated with SMD’s four divisions—Astrophysics, Earth Science, Heliophysics, and Planetary Sciences. Because a single mission can consist of multiple spacecraft, NASA-SMD is responsible for nearly 100 operational spacecraft. The most… Continue Reading

These are the roads that are closed in Houston due to Hurricane Harvey

Thanks to the outstanding work, expertise, and a remarkable history of outreach, support and knowledge sharing, via NewsLib, the Houston Chron posted a crowdsourced map of flooded streets and neighborhoods – updated regularly. The digital version of the Houston Chronicle shows an inundated neighborhood. Please also see Disaster.gov – and via FEMA – the National… Continue Reading

Bureau of Justice Statistics Arrest Data Analysis Tool

Bureau of Justice Statistics Arrest Data  Analysis Tool: “This dynamic data analysis tool allows you to generate tables and figures of arrest data from 1980 onward. You can view national arrest estimates, customized either by age and sex or by age group and race, for many offenses. This tool also enables you to view data… Continue Reading

GPO issues digital release of Federal Register for 1980s

“The U.S. Government Publishing Office (GPO) and the National Archives’ Office of the Federal Register (OFR) digitally release historic issues of the Federal Register from 1980-1989. The complete collection of issues of the Federal Registers from 1980 to present is now available digitally on GPO’s govinfo.  https://www.govinfo.gov/app/collection/FR – This project is digitizing a total of 14,587… Continue Reading

CDC – Stay Safer After Hurricanes, Flooding

“Hurricanes can cause dangerous and destructive high winds, flooding, heavy rain, and storm surges. Keep your family safe after a hurricane has made landfall. There may be a risk of carbon monoxide poisoning, downed power lines, and mold, among others. For tips on how to be safe after a hurricane: https://www.cdc.gov/disasters/hurricanes/after.html. Below are a few… Continue Reading