Data-sharing is crucial to state pandemic response, officials say
Data-sharing tools that grew during the pandemic enabled states to act quickly in improving digital services, technology officials said.
Biden relief proposal includes $350 billion for state and local government
While none of the money is targeted directly at IT, state and local governments would be able to use the money flexibly to cover a broad range of expenses.
How states can stand up reliable contact tracing programs at scale
A new partnership between Okta and Work.com allows public partners to quickly and easily deploy a comprehensive contact tracing solution in weeks.
Criminal underground thrived on states' pandemic unemployment programs
The Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program, created to support gig workers, has become one of the leading targets of fraud, a Recorded Future report found.
Minnesota launches COVID-19 vaccination data dashboard
Minnesota officials hope the new data tool will support "a covenant of accountability" as the state progresses through early phases of vaccine distribution.
How a rapid move to remote work refined cyber in local government
Winners of the cybersecurity award in the 2020 LocalSmart Awards said the pandemic shifted the way they approach cybersecurity.
Bloomberg Philanthropies launches COVID-19 challenge
The organization will award $1 million to 15 cities that develop the best innovations created in response to the coronavirus pandemic.
Colorado prepares to activate new cloud-based unemployment system
The new system will include the state's traditional unemployment benefits and pandemic relief programs in a single cloud environment, moving on from an old mainframe.
Contact tracing app helped lower COVID cases in Minnesota, CIO says
The state's contract tracing app helped lower cases after November's spike, and now the state's deploying a tool to track vaccination data, said Minnesota CIO Tarek Tomes.