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[BrieFing] IOWAPUBLICRADIO.ORG For agencies at all levels of govern- ment, the driver’s license is the de facto standard for identifica- tion. But the wallet card might soon be replaced by a digital version that resides on a smartphone. The Iowa Department of Transportation launched a trial program of a mobile driver’s license with technology vendor MorphoTrust in August. The company said Iowa DOT employees are the first in the nation to use its secure, smartphone-based mDL software. A test version was delivered to a group of Iowa DOT employees who will assess and validate its use in situ- ations in which physical licenses are typically presented. According to MorphoTrust, the mDL software carries the same level of trust as its physical driver’s license counterpart. The software has visible and covert security features that are layered into the digital image seen on screen. Those features allow the mDL to be quickly authenticated and protect it against reproduction. Iowa officials will also work with MorphoTrust to test updates to its customer records, with the changes rendered on a smartphone in real time. With mDL, information such as name, address, over/under-21 status and organ donor status can be changed and posted on an individual’s phone immediately. In addition to the PINs and fingerprint-based security fea- tures built into the phones used in the pilot, the mDL app can be secured with MorphoTrust’s facial recognition technology, which requires the user to take a selfie and use a custom PIN to unlock the app. “Although we’re not yet ready to release the mDL for customer use, the lessons learned in this pilot will demonstrate the use case for our mDL application to be offered in the future as an option to all citizens across the state,” Iowa DOT Director Paul Trombino said. The pilot also “may help guide other states who want to launch similar digital identity programs.” • Iowa tests digital driver’s licenses BY DEREK MAJOR New York City has released an online, searchable version of the daily City Record newspaper, the official publi- cation for notices on public hearings, auctions and sales, solicitations, and rules proposed and adopted by city agencies. The new City Record Online is a fully searchable database of all those notices, including schedules for more than 750 public hearings and contract awards for the $1.2 billion of goods and services that the city acquires each year. Previously, only a small subset of information was searchable through the daily PDF versions of the newspa- per. Now solicitations and awards are searchable as far back as 2003, and non-procurement notices are search- able from 2013 to the present. People can sign up for email notifications in their areas of interest and can down- load bid documents when available. New postings appear first on City Record Online at 12:00 a.m . The newspaper is published at 9:00 a.m ., and that’s when the PDF version is posted online. “Mayor de Blasio is ushering in a new era of government transparency as his administration puts online one of the oldest print publications in the country,” said Minerva Tantoco, CTO for the city of New York. “By enabling real-time email notifications and post- ing this information in the Open Data Portal, we’re planting the seeds of increased civic engagement and new business opportunities.” • NYC gets serious about searchable public notices BY DEREK MAJOR GCN SEPTEMBER 2015 • GCN.COM 7 0915gcn_006-011.indd 7 9/3/15 9:01 AM