November 12, 2009 By News Report
Rhode Island Gov. Donald Carcieri vetoed S211, a bill that restricted use of RFID to track children and motorists without a warrant. The bill also restricts the use of collection and use of toll-payment information for anything other than toll enforcement without a court order. The Rhode Island chapter of the ACLU -- in a statement on its Web site -- said that the Middletown School District last year began using RFID tags in backpacks to track the locations of elementary school students: "The bill separately keeps confidential any information gathered by a newly-installed RFID-driven E-ZPass toll payment system on the Pell Bridge," continued the statement, which went on to say that similar legislation has been vetoed and reworked three different times over the years.
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.