Milk-carton photos of missing youngsters raised public awareness but did little to help find the children. These days, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children reports a success rate well above 90%--and credits IT for the improvement. A decade ago, the center resolved just six in 10 cases.
A recent example of IT in action is a $15 million program to give police departments Internet-enabled PCs with scanners for distributing missing kids' photos in minutes.
"Even half an hour can make a difference," says Rick Minicucci, the center's chief technology officer. Many kids taken by strangers are murdered within 24 hours.
5 Top Federal Initiatives For 2015As InformationWeek Government readers were busy firming up their fiscal year 2015 budgets, we asked them to rate more than 30 IT initiatives in terms of importance and current leadership focus. No surprise, among more than 30 options, security is No. 1. After that, things get less predictable.