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West Virginia upgrades its compliance

West Virginia announced yesterday it will use new software to track risk and compliance within the state’s IT systems, lowering the cost of monitoring the state’s digital applications and 90,000 employees. The state’s Office of Technology plans to use a governance-risk-compliance made by the Canadian software developer Galvanize to monitor the risk and compliance of its IT systems, relying on manual processes and inefficient systems to ensure that the state’s digital tools are legal and secure. Ryan Johnston reports.

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Amazon's other big news

Amazon Web Services last week launched a new accelerator to assist government technology startups overcome common challenges and share their experiences selling to government customers. Modeled after a similar program AWS ran for education tech companies, GovTechStart offers early-stage companies promotional credits for AWS, access to the cloud provider’s technical and government-policy experts and introductions to other civic tech companies. “They’re startups, they’re limited with resources, they tend to be building in a silo, so they’re looking for other tech founders, and they’re really looking for Amazon’s support, to help them move closer to the mission and improve the mission to support the citizen," said Kim Majerus, head of AWS’s education, state and local government practice. Colin Wood has more.

'I think we've been more busy'

In the latest episode of the StateScoop 50 podcast, winners of the Industry Leader of the Year award reflect on how COVID-19 has altered their relationships with their customers in state government — possibly forever. Personally, I’ve been more busy now than I’ve been over the past three years,” says Shawn Kingsberry, the vice president and director of government solutions at Unisys. And Sonia Ramsey, regional vice president of public sector sales at Lumen, says the events of the past year have made digital equity the "first question and topic of discussion" when talking to state CIOs. Benjamin Freed hosts.

Transit data software company Urban SDK raises $1.6 million

Urban SDK, a traffic and mobility analytics company that’s helped cities like Memphis, Tennessee, and Jacksonville, Florida, plan their street layouts, announced yesterday it plans to expand operations through a $1.6 million infusion from a pair of investment organizations. The company, which got noticed through the Startup in Residence program, will use the new funding to expand “into new states and public sector markets” as state and regional transportation agencies seek help to navigate an uncertain transit future. Ryan has more.

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