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Chicago Mayor Announces New IT Approach; Appoints CTO and CIO
Chicago Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot along with the Department of Assets, Information, and Services (AIS) have announced a new IT modernization approach that will enhance city services and provide transparency through broader access to data and continued privacy protections.
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  1. FCC FCC Broadband Data Task Force Announces Access to Collection System
    The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Broadband Data Task Force announced that fixed and mobile broadband providers in the Broadband Data Collection (BDC) may obtain early access to certain portions of the system to enter identifiable information in advance of the broadband availability data filing window on June 30.
  2. Eliminate the Daily Grind in IT Service Management With Automation
    MeriTalk recently sat down with Andrew Graf, chief product officer and co-founder of TeamDynamix, to discuss how government can recruit and retain top technology talent by tapping into automation to eliminate the daily grind of mundane tasks that lead to burnout and turnover.
  3. SolarWinds Report Cites Complexities in Hybrid IT Implementation
    The accelerated move toward digital transformation spurred by the COVID-19 pandemic has proven to be challenging to many as they have further embraced hybrid IT structures, according to a recent report from SolarWinds.
  1. Can Florida Broadband Services Pass the Speed Test?
    There’s no “right” answer to that question. But there is plenty of vital broadband data results in store for the state through its June 21 call for Florida residents to test the speeds of their broadband services, and at the same time contribute broadband service mapping data that the state can use to help identify opportunities for service expansion.
  2. President Biden Signs SLG Cybersecurity Act into Law
    President Biden, on June 21, signed into law legislation that ensures Federal cybersecurity experts assist state and local governments (SLG) to protect their networks against the growing number of cyberattacks across the United States.
  3. Education Dept. Awards $121M FSA Contract to GDIT
    GDIT has won a $121.8 million contract from the Department of Education (DoE) to modernize the agency’s Federal Student Aid (FSA) processing system, allowing students to more efficiently receive Federal aid for higher education.
  4. Chris Desain Named New CISO for NYS ITS
    The New York State Office of Information Technology Services (ITS) has tapped Chris Desain to serve as New York’s new chief information security officer (CISO).
  1. Survey Highlights Cyber as Top Priority for SLG CIOs Over Next Two Years
    Protecting the residents, businesses, and local government entities they serve remains the top priority for local technology leaders, according to a new survey report on city and county technology and workforce trends. 
  2. More States are Hiring Chief Privacy Officers
    As more states are emphasizing the role of privacy, the state chief privacy officer (CPO) role has grown immensely in the last decade, according to a new report from the National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO).
  3. SLGs Cyber Defenses Spread Thin by Pandemic, Just 36 Percent Have Cyber Budgets
    As cyberattacks become more frequent and costly to remediate, the COVID-19 pandemic has spread state and local governments’ (SLG) cyber defenses thin and just 18 states have a specified cybersecurity budget, according to a report by cybersecurity awareness training platform KnowBe4.
  4. Bailey-Crimmins Appointed Director of Calif. Technology Department
    California Governor Gavin Newsom announced the appointment of Liana Bailey-Crimmins as the Director of the California Department of Technology (CDT) and state CIO.
  5. Modern Campus Launches Program Aimed at Re-enrolling Students to College
    Modern Campus, a higher education engagement platform, is launching a new text messaging program named Signal Vine Playbook for Stop Outs, which focuses on getting students back into classrooms.
  6. Seattle Gives Out $1M for Summer Learning Grants to Combat COVID-19 Learning Loss
    The Seattle Department of Education and Early Learning (DEEL) is looking to address the learning loss caused by the COVID-19 pandemic by giving out $1 million in grants for summer learning programs in Washington state, DEEL announced.
  7. Report: States Face Daunting Workload to Deploy Broadband Funding
    States have a big opportunity to provide internet service to millions of unconnected citizens people with billions in broadband funding provided by Congress in bipartisan infrastructure legislation, but states have a lot of work to do to make the most of the funds, according to a McKinsey & Co. report released on June 7.
  8. Penn State Names New VP for IT, CIO
    Pennsylvania State University has appointed Jennifer Stedelin the university’s new vice president for information technology (IT) and chief information officer (CIO), effective July 1.
  9. FCC Announces Over $244M in ECF
    The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on June 9 committed over $244 million to the Emergency Connectivity Funding (ECF) program to help close the “homework gap” for students that don’t have access to reliable broadband service and devices.
  10. Colorado State Official Lays Out Measures to Securing Citizen Data
    State and local governments hold a vast amount of personally identifiable information about their residents and these databases have become attractive targets for cyberattacks, therefore state and local governments have made various efforts to put in place security processes to protect their systems and data, according to Yvette Florez, the director of identity and access management for the State of Colorado.