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Tyler buys big

Tyler Technologies, a major seller of software to local governments, announced yesterday it intends to acquire NIC Inc., a leading vendor of digital government and electronic payment services with many federal, statewide and local contracts for $2.3 billion. Tyler president and CEO Lynn Moore said the deal will give his company, which sells almost exclusively to cities and counties, a foothold in the statewide market, thanks to NIC's existing relationships with 31 state governments. “Their statewide contracts are these big things,” he said. “Basically a hunting license for different state agencies.” Benjamin Freed reports.

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They missed how many emails?

As COVID-19 forced businesses to close their doors and people to lose their jobs en masse in early 2020, the Kentucky Office of Unemployment Insurance ignored 400,000 emails from laid-off workers, and illegally auto-paid claimants the minimum weekly amount, according to an audit published Tuesday. Writing that the unemployment office was facing pressure to “override system controls" during the early days of the pandemic, Kentucky Auditor Mike Harmon wrote that he’s unable to estimate how much the state either overpaid or underpaid jobless residents. Ryan Johnston has details.

Cuyahoga County, Ohio, settles lawsuit with former IT chief

Cuyahoga County, Ohio, has agreed to pay its former IT chief $245,000 to settle a lawsuit in which he accused the local government of denying him paid leave during a recent criminal investigation. Scot Rourke spent 19 months on unpaid leave beginning in 2018 after being named in several subpoenas stemming from a corruption probe that suggested he had made an excessive payment to a former employer for a wireless internet project. While Rourke was never charged with a crime, he said Tuesday he was still "disappointed" with how his time in government unfolded. Colin Wood has more.

VVSG 2.0 is here, and not everyone's happy

The Election Assistance Commission on Wednesday voted to adopt the first comprehensive update to its voting system security guidelines in more than 15 years, concluding a lengthy process that ended with a mixed reception from some election security experts. While the security community largely approved many of the updates to the standards that most states use to test and certify their voting equipment, some were critical that the EAC watered down language restricting the use of wireless technology in vote scanners and tablets. Read more on CyberScoop.

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