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DOTGOV Act makes it in stimulus bill

Congress fulfilled one of NASCIO's top legislative priorities yesterday when the DOTGOV Act, a bill making it easier for state and local governments to move their web presences to the .gov top-level domain, appeared as part of a massive government spending and pandemic relief package, which passed by wide margins last night. The bill moves responsibility for the .gov program from the General Services Administration to CISA, which would be allowed to reduce or waive the $400 annual fee that are cited as one reason why more state and local entities don't move to .gov, which is more secure than the commercially available .com org .org sites many still use. Benjamin Freed reports.

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Repurposing analytics for the workforce

To measure how well the city’s workforce development training is going, Sacramento, California, has repurposed a data platform that tracks city projects into a tool for tracking job-training programs, officials said on Friday. The city is using software from UrbanLeap, a Silicon Valley-based software company, that was initially contracted capture metrics about various pilot projects. Now, the tool will be used to measure if the more-than 30 workforce development programs the city launched in August as part of its COVID-19 response are helping residents or not. Ryan Johnston has the story.

Former Arkansas CTO lands with Microsoft

Yessica Jones, who stepped down last month as Arkansas’ top technology official, announced last weekend that she’s joining Microsoft as the national delivery manager for the tech giant’s state, local and government consulting business. She's the second recently departed state IT chief to join Microsoft in the last few months, following former Delaware CIO James Collins, who joined the company in September.   Ben has more.

DOJ isn't coming for your voting machines

Attorney General William Barr declined to endorse a desperate effort by President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, to overturn Trump’s electoral defeat by seizing voting machines. Barr, who is leaving office this week, said at a press conference Monday that he had not seen evidence of widespread fraud that could change the result of the election, and that there was “no basis now for seizing machines by the federal government." Sean Lyngaas has more on CyberScoop.


Virginia CIO discusses how the state is investing in remote workers

CIO Nelson Moe says the state’s access to cloud and virtual technologies provided three major enterprisewide benefits: flexibility, availability and scalability. During the pandemic, the state was able to rapidly scale and provided remote work capabilities for 55,000 state employees and expand virtual private networks by 700%. Because of these successes, officials are looking at the long-term impact of their technology investments and the future of work. Hear more from Moe.

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