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Not so fast on the budget cuts, D.C.

Seventeen community organizations in Washington, D.C., are pushing back against a proposal from Mayor Muriel Bowser that would remove all funding for the city’s primary digital inclusion programs from the city’s budget in 2021. Bowser, forced by the pandemic to cut spending, proposed slashing $678,000 from D.C.'s programs that help low-income communities access the internet. But a letter from the 17 groups warned that such a move would only set back the city's residents even further. "Things will get worse," it read. Ryan Johnston reports.

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North Carolina CIO heads for the exit

North Carolina Chief Information Officer Tracy Doaks will step down July 31 to take over as president of the broadband advocacy nonprofit MCNC, Gov. Roy Cooper announced Wednesday. Doaks, who was appointed as the state’s deputy CIO in 2015 and took over the North Carolina Department of Information Technology's top job in February, is the second statewide CIO to step down this month, following longtime Wisconsin IT chief David Cagigal, who departed last week. Cooper's office plans to name Doaks' successor in the next few weeks. Colin Wood reports.

Trove of police files leaked

An anonymous hacktivist group says it’s published a trove of sensitive law enforcement data that originated with hundreds of police departments in an apparent effort to expose police abuses amid ongoing demonstrations through the U.S., CyberScoop's Jeff Stone reports. The “Distributed Denial of Secrets” group marked Juneteenth, which celebrates the end of slavery, by publishing a searchable database containing 269 GB of data apparently stolen from more than 200 law enforcement agencies. "Blue Leaks," as the group calls the the database, contains police training materials, police safety guidelines and protest containment strategies collected from state and local law enforcement agencies around the country. Read more on CyberScoop.


Remote work could be here to stay

Governors across the country have made the call to reopen their states and lift stay-at-home orders put in place during the start of the coronavirus pandemic. State and local CIOs, who rushed into action to rapidly move government workforces to telework face new challenges now as the next normal begins. In this special report, StateScoop and EdScoop look into what’s next for the remote workforce, how governments and universities are moving forward and what to expect next. See the full report.

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