March 31, 2009 By Wayne Hanson
The U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs announced a list of more than 40 open solicitations for grants. The grants include funding for programs aimed at Internet crimes against children, rural law enforcement, corrections, courts, forensics and more.
Virginia Gov. Timothy Kaine today announced the addition of competitive grants resources information to the commonwealth's stimulus site, and users may now sign up for economic recovery e-mail updates. According to a release from the Governor's Office, Virginia will receive about $4.8 billion through the ARRA, but only a limited amount of that money will be available for projects chosen by the state. However, additional federal stimulus funding is available through the ARRA competitive grant process.
Entities that submitted proposals to the original Stimulus.Virginia.Gov Web site in February are encouraged to stay current on the ARRA federal grants opportunities and apply for any appropriate grants as they become available. The Governor's Office recommended that those interested in researching or applying for a competitive grant register with the federal government as soon as possible to avoid delays in processing applications. More information on the federal grant application process is available through Grants.gov.
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.