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State and local governments that receive grants administered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency will be required to spend at least 7.5% of their awards on cybersecurity, up from a previous minimum of 5%, DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said yesterday. The increase translates to about $25 million in new federal support for state and local cybersecurity efforts. The adjustment came as welcome news to NASCIO, which said the change "will help states with their continuous and ever evolving cybersecurity challenges." Benjamin Freed reports.

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D.C.'s vaccine meltdown

Washington, D.C.’s, online vaccination registration platform crashed Thursday morning, frustrating D.C. residents who were told by Mayor Muriel Bowser last week that they would be eligible for a COVID-19 shot. The portal was supposed to offer more than 4,000 appointments for residents in certain ZIP codes and for those who have qualifying medical conditions or jobs, but the site quickly failed for many users. The city's health department has said little about the breakdown, other than attributing it to a “technical review failure." And D.C. officials said this morning would go better, it did not. Ryan Johnston has details.

Here's a story about flying taxis

A plan by Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti to use aircraft as an everyday, affordable mode of transit for the city’s residents within the next three years might be slightly more aloft this week. On Tuesday, Archer Aviation, a California-based electric aircraft developer founded last year and which has yet to build a production airplane, announced plans to launch a fleet of electric-powered planes capable of vertical takeoff and landing in Los Angeles in 2024, in an effort to reduce traffic congestion and emissions in the sprawling city. Dare to dream.

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