Data-sharing is crucial to state pandemic response, officials say

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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

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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

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A new partnership between Okta and allows public partners to quickly and easily deploy a comprehensive contact tracing solution in weeks.

Criminal underground thrived on states' pandemic unemployment programs

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.