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11/10/2021
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Not 'once and done'

A $1 billion grant program in the $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill will be the federal government's biggest investment yet in state and local cybersecurity. Still, even as states and localities get ready for the money to flow, it's only a down payment. “What I can tell you is it shouldn’t be once and done,” said Rita Reynolds, CIO for the National Association of Counties. A significant chunk of the grant program is marked for rural counties, which often have the fewest IT resources, and Reynolds said they should expect to use their grant funding on items like multi-factor authentication and moving to the .gov domain, both of which can be more expensive than one might expect. Benjamin Freed reports.


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Bloody drones

The New York City Fire Department is currently investigating the use of drones to deliver blood transfusions to scenes where traditional delivery methods might be slow or unavailable. Officials in the city’s NYCx innovation program told StateScoop that they recently helped the fire department develop software to enable what they called “GrubHub for emergency supplies." Justin Isaf Man, an associate CTO for the city, told StateScoop that drone delivery could be a useful tool in the event of a downed bridge. Colin Wood has more.


New study looks for GIS gaps in 911 systems

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and Mission Critical Partners, a public-safety technology vendor, are evaluating the current status of the geographic information systems technology used by the nation’s 911 systems. John Chiaramonte, the company's president of consulting services, said the assessment will help the NHTSA's National 911 program identify the best practices in leading states that can be used by states that are lagging behind. Colin has the story.


Tough to compete with the remote life

In yet another unanticipated change sparked by the pandemic, IT workers in the Massachusetts state government have begun departing for the public sector after the shift to remote work, state CIO Curtis Wood told StateScoop in a recent video interview. “Staffing has become a real challenge, especially with the remote workforce where we’ve lost folks to the private sector more recently, because the opportunity to work from home, it’s not just about salary, it’s also about that working condition,” Wood said. Watch the full video interview.


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