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Steel City goes to cloud

Pittsburgh IT officials announced plans Monday to migrate the city’s legacy IT systems to Google Cloud over the next four years, a move expected to save money and encourage the development of new digital services. The $4 million transition will include the creation of new analytical tools and public-facing online applications that will live on Google’s platform, replacing current IT infrastructure described by city officials as being made up of “brittle” legacy systems. Ryan Johnston reports.

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Help for finding high-value assets

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency on Monday announced a $1.2 million grant to a think tank at University of Texas at San Antonio that will launch a pilot program to help state and local governments improve the cyber defenses of their most critical systems. Using the grant, the school's Center for Infrastructure Assurance and Security will develop methods by which state, local, tribal and territorial agencies can better identify their high-value assets, are “so critical to an organization that the loss or corruption of this information or loss of access to the system would have serious impact to the organization’s ability to perform its mission or conduct business.” Benjamin Freed has details.

Senate approves relief package with $350B in state and local aid

The House of Representatives is expected to vote today or tomorrow on the final version of a $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package that includes $350 billion in long-sought direct assistance to state and local governments. The money will allow state and local agencies, which have shed about 1.4 million workers since the start of the pandemic, to provide government services and plug budget holes created by the crisis. The bill “will allow our cities to keep our residents healthy, provide essential services, keep our first responders on the job, and begin to unleash the full power of the American economy," said Louisville, Kentucky, Mayor Greg Fischer, president of the U.S. Conference of Mayors. Ben has more.

ICYMI: New acting CIO in Washington

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee last week named Mark Quimby, deputy director for technology and operations at Washington Technology Solutions, will serve as the bureau’s acting director while the search for a new statewide CIO continues. Quimby will step in for Jim Weaver, who was recently hired as the new statewide CIO in North Carolina. Colin Wood reports.

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