Category: State & Local

Cloud Infrastructure, Infrastructure, Policy, State & Local

How Maryland is using the cloud to rebuild its public services

June 18, 2019

Via: StateScoop

When the Maryland Department of Human Services decided in 2017 to move the systems it uses to run the state’s benefit programs to a cloud platform, it could have gone with a “lift and shift” strategy, literally copying the files […]

Data Center, Federal, Infrastructure, Policy, State & Local

Nevada lawmakers approve four blockchain bills

June 13, 2019

Via: StateScoop

Lawmakers in Nevada on Wednesday sent their fourth piece of legislation concerning blockchain technology to Gov. Steve Sisolak in the past two weeks. The latest measure, Senate Bill 161, would provide businesses testing new uses of the distributed-ledger technology with […]

Attacks & Breaches, Policy, Security, State & Local

Phishing campaign spoofs local-government websites to rip off small businesses

June 3, 2019

Via: StateScoop

A foreign hacker has been running a phishing campaign that uses phony versions of local government websites in the United States, targeting small and medium-sized businesses in those communities to steal personal credentials, cybersecurity firm Lookout told StateScoop. In the […]

Policy, State & Local

These Are the States That Passed ‘Heartbeat Bills’

May 31, 2019

Via: Fortune

Louisiana became the next state likely to pass a “heartbeat bill” this week, aiming to ban abortion as soon as a “fetal heartbeat” is detected. This provision amounts to a near total ban on abortion, as such activity can be […]

Policy, State & Local

Colorado’s IT office and secretary of state team up to provide mail-in ballot access to disabled voters

May 30, 2019

Via: StateScoop

Colorado election officials will develop tools to improve access for voters with disabilities to the state’s vote-by-mail system, following a bill signed into law this week by Gov. Jared Polis. Under the new law, the Colorado secretary of state’s office […]

Federal, Policy, State & Local

Congress will reconsider $1.1 billion ‘Smart Cities and Communities Act’

May 16, 2019

Via: StateScoop

Three Democratic members of Congress have reintroduced the Smart Cities and Communities Act, which would authorize $1.1 billion in federal support over five years for local technology initiatives. Rep. Suzan DelBene from Washington, a co-sponsor, said in a press release […]

Networking Security, Policy, Security, State & Local

California’s new data privacy law could change the internet in the US

May 14, 2019

Via: CNBC – Top News

SAN FRANCISCO — California is embarking on a new era of privacy on the internet, and Xavier Becerra can’t stop thinking about the failed debut of Obamacare. Back in 2013, Becerra, then a Democratic congressman from Los Angeles, watched as […]

Policy, State & Local

Tax Day is here. How to make sure you’re all set for the IRS

April 15, 2019

Via: CNBC – Top News

If you haven’t pulled your tax return together and sent it into the IRS by now, you’re just about out of time. Monday, April 15, is Tax Day for most Americans. Due to Patriots’ Day holidays on Monday in Maine […]

Policy, State & Local

LA mayor wants $80 million to refresh police department’s ‘backwards’ technology

April 1, 2019

Via: StateScoop

Lamenting outdated computer systems and manual processes, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti has called for new funding to update the city police department’s information technology. New budget allocations would provide $80 million in new funding for the Los Angeles Police […]

Policy, State & Local

Trump demands California return $3.5 billion in funds for state’s ‘disaster’ bullet train project

February 14, 2019


President Donald Trump late Wednesday demanded California return the $3.5 billion it received from the federal government for a “disaster” high-speed rail project. “California has been forced to cancel the massive bullet train project after having spent and wasted many […]