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Thad Rueter

Thad Rueter writes about the business of government technology. He covered local and state governments for newspapers in the Chicago area and Florida, as well as e-commerce, digital payments and related topics for various publications. He lives in New Orleans.

Citibot has debuted a translation tool that residents can access via mobile or web channels, allowing them to communicate with local governments in 71 languages using Amazon Translate. Two cities in California — Stockton and Fairfield — have gone live with the feature within the last three weeks.
Rita Gass, chief information officer for the California Employment Development Department, counted some 200 IT projects over the last 18 months in her department — a good indication of all the work underway.
Mounting layoffs in the tech sector could provide opportunities for suppliers of government technology and the agencies they serve to land new — and younger — talent and keep abreast with increasing demand for digital services.
It’s not just states that are hiring chief privacy officers. So are some counties, including Santa Clara County in the tech-rich Bay Area.
After stepping away from a decade of public safety technology leadership, Bradford Davis will write about challenges in law enforcement while eyeing a return to the industry. He describes what the public safety future might hold.
The city and the technology company are teaming to help deepen understanding of taxi operations, availability of transportation.
The California project is designed to help disparate public safety agencies share data and improve communications during emergency responses. The move comes amid a broader push to upgrade 911 call center capabilities.
Accela, which sells permitting, licensing, service request management and other technology to public agencies, has released a product designed to reduce redundancy and tedium for government officials — and help them deal with labor woes.
Krista Canellakis, who was most recently deputy secretary for general services at the California Government Operations Agency and, before that, chief innovation officer at the city and county of San Francisco, will join the nonprofit organization.
As federal infrastructure dollars start to flow, CoProcure, a young California company, aims to reduce the friction of the procurement for local and state agencies. The first step? Building an audience of government buyers.
As more public-sector entities turn to digital tools, Google has released a new cloud-based resource to help government agencies and universities set up cloud environments for the development and testing of new technology.