September 9, 2009 By News Report
Mike Untermeyer, candidate for Philadelphia District Attorney, had himself fitted with a GPS ankle bracelet. Visitors to his campaign Web site can track his location 24 hours a day. Untermeyer said the move was intended to illustrate that electronic monitoring of offenders could save the city considerable money while protecting public safety. According to an article in the Philadelphia Inquirer, the city has nearly 800 people on such monitors as they await trial.
This Digital Communities white paper highlights discussions with IT officials in four counties that have adopted shared services models. Our aim was to learn about the obstacles these governments have faced when it comes to shared services and what it takes to overcome those roadblocks. We also spoke with several members of the IT industry who have thought long and hard about these issues. The paper offers some best practices for shared government-to-government services, but also points out challenges that government and industry still must overcome before this model gains widespread adoption.