With an announced theme of Lead, Collaborate, and Inspire, the National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) will hold its midyear conference on May 25-27. Unfortunately – like both of last year’s big conferences – this month’s show will take place virtually, but the group’s annual conference may go in-person this Fall.

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Today, IBM announced that it would be introducing in-kind grants to six school districts valued at $3 million to boost cybersecurity in schools. The grants will be for the school districts to sponsor teams of “IBMers” to assist in proactively preparing for cyberattacks.

After Congress passed and President Trump signed the nearly $2 trillion Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES) in March to fight the harmful effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, billions of dollars began flowing down to state and local governments through a variety of funding streams – many existing, and some new. The funds support public health, schools, businesses, transit systems, residents in need, and more.

In April, the State of Texas launched a coordinated effort to handle a surge of new payment activity due to the COVID-19 pandemic. To accommodate the increased workload, Accenture, which administers the Texas Medicaid and Healthcare Partnership (TMHP) program on behalf of the Texas Health and Human Services Commission, immediately called on its robotics process automation (RPA) group to plan an expansion of its digital worker program.

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