State & Local

FirstNet contract award delayed, but agency says it’s ready for partnership


The first nationwide interoperable communications network for first responders is facing another delay.

FirstNet announces Innovation and Test Lab


America’s first nationwide public safety communications network took one step closer to reality Wednesday when the First Responder Network Authority — better known as FirstNet — announced a new facility where future private industry partners will test technology and train personnel how to use it.

Obama administration grants another $80M+ for smart cities


One year after launching its Smart Cities Initiative, the White House announced Monday the federal government is expanding its efforts by investing an additional $80 million-plus in localized technology-driven initiatives.

Power grid cyber deal between utility and National Guard hailed as model


The deal, under which Washington state's Air National Guard penetration tested the computer network of a state-owned utility, took two years to put together and could be replicated nationwide.

Medicaid chief visits Silicon Valley


The head of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services visited the West Coast this week to pitch Silicon Valley startups to innovate around Medicaid.

Transportation announces Smart City Challenge finalists, new partnership with AWS


Out of 78 cities across the country that applied, U.S. Transportation Department Secretary Anthony Foxx announced seven finalist cities that will compete for $40 million in funding.