The questions and criticisms posed in MeriTalk CEO Steve O’Keeffe’s”WT18F?” blog post perfectly highlights the staid sentiments of yesterday’s approach to government technology — one that is comfortable with the status quo, unwilling to embrace change and quick to critique a much-needed experiment before it can properly get off the ground.

As part of the new Civic Tech and Data Collaborative sponsored by Living Cities, Code for America and Urban Institute’s National Neighborhood Indicators Partnership, civic technology teams in Boston and St. Louis were awarded $200,000 each to leverage data and technology to improve the lives of low-income residents.

As part of the new Civic Tech and Data Collaborative sponsored by Living Cities, Code for America and Urban Institute’s National Neighborhood Indicators Partnership, civic technology teams in Boston and St. Louis were awarded $200,000 each to leverage data and technology to improve the lives of low-income residents.

SeeClickFix announced today it raised an additional $1.4 million in investment to expand its 311 offering aimed at making it easier for city residents to report non-emergency issues and allow governments to quickly respond and resolve these in an open and public manner.

18F has started building a much-needed federal government-wide pattern library.

Code for America has opened up applications for its inaugural Code for America Technology Awards to honor “outstanding products and implementations of government technology.”

In a series of blog posts, the UK Government Digital Service team has announced a new post-migration roadmap that includes updates to its go-forward strategy, team structure and key goals for 2015-2016.

The Boston team will focus on connecting youth to summer jobs and the St. Louis team on making it easier to navigate the criminal justice system.

The new beta of U.S. Department of State’s ForeignAssistance.gov shows how government can leverage the power of data and visualizations to communicate the story behind its mission deliverables.

Google has launched Sidewalk Labs, an “urban innovation company devoted to improving city life for residents, businesses and city governments, in particular by developing and incubating civic technologies.”

In an effort to help entrepreneurs get businesses legally established without the red tape hassle, the White House, Small Business Administration and National League of Cities are rallying cities to provide simpler online tools and processes for those applying for licenses and permits.

The company’s authority to operate, granted in May, was sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy.

Jenny Cearns from GOV.UK’s Department of Health has a great post on cultivating a community of digital champions within government that mirrors what I know some chief data officers are doing around creating an internal network of data coordinators.

Dustin Haisler, eRepublic chief innovation officer, has published a “GovTech Market Snapshot” highlighting the government technology market, including key companies (startups and established vendors), venture capital firms and analytical data on market size.

Gartner released a top 10 list of trends that will drive government technology for the foreseeable future, including open data, citizen online identification, analytics and flexible cloud options.

GOV.UK’s occasional “What we’re working on” post is an excellent example of how government can share regular updates on recent accomplishments and what will be worked on next.

The GOV.UK team has updated established protocols that serve as the foundation for ensuring government digital teams provide high-quality citizen services.

I’ve known Edmund Pendleton from the University of Maryland as the Director of the D.C. National Science Foundation (NSF) I-Corps Node (a collaboration among the University of Maryland, Virginia Tech, George Washington, and Johns Hopkins).

Last week at DrupalCon, representatives from the city of Los Angeles, CivicActions and Acquia shared their development and project management process to begin migrating and consolidating websites across 40 agencies to a single instance using Acquia Cloud Site Factory.

The 2015 National Day of Civic Hacking will be held on June 6. To date, more than 70 events around the world have been scheduled. The global hackathon, targeted to “urbanists, government staff, developers, designers, and activists,” is organized by Code for America and Second Muse.

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