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01/15/2021
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NASCIO's wish-list for Congress

After the most trying year in living memory, state IT leaders are hoping 2021 is when the federal government finally delivers long-awaited support for cybersecurity and modernization efforts. The legislative goals NASCIO released yesterday include familiar topics like a cybersecurity grant program and harmonization of regulations, plus new asks for IT modernization funding, changes to the FCC's broadband oversight and help implementing the recently-passed DOTGOV Act. Matt Pincus, NASCIO's government affairs director, sounded a hopeful note on cybersecurity funding. “Given that there’s a Democratic majority in the House and Senate and incoming administration that’s put a real emphasis on cyber, I feel this is something that should get done,” he said. Benjamin Freed reports.


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Biden pledges state and local funding

The COVID-19 rescue package President-elect Joe Biden said Thursday he plans to introduce upon taking office includes $350 billion in aid to state and local governments, which have pleaded for months that they need more federal assistance to overcome steep budget gaps created by the health crisis and its economic shutdowns. Groups representing state and local officials have said since last March that they would need much more than the $150 billion in support provided by the CARES Act, though last month's relief package left them empty-handed. The National Association of Counties said Biden's proposal "recognizes the vital, frontline role of America’s counties in mitigating and ending the COVID-19 pandemic." Ben has more.


California confirms Vitaliy Panych as statewide CISO

Vitaliy Panych, who’s spent the last two years as California’s acting chief information security officer, was officially appointed to the CISO role this week by Gov. Gavin Newsom. Panych, who stepped into the job after the May 2019 resignation of Peter Liebert, said he has several major initiatives in mind heading into 2021. One of the largest, he said, will be expanding the capabilities of the California Cybersecurity Integration Center, which the state’s technology department operates in conjunction with several law enforcement and emergency services agencies. Colin Wood has the story.


Wake County, N.C., CIO joins SAP

Wake County, North Carolina, is looking for a replacement for Bill Greeves, a longtime county executive who holds three roles — chief information officer, chief innovation officer and deputy county manager — who is now departing for the software company SAP, where he'll be an “industry executive advisor” to counties nationwide. “I’m making myself available for really all things, not just a specific product line or a specific problem,” Greeves said, noting that he’ll help governments work from home securely and maintain corporate culture, even while physically distant, through SAP’s virtual collaboration tools. Ryan Johnston has details.


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