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Wisconsin calls in 18F

Wisconsin’s Department of Workforce Development announced plans yesterday to partner with 18F, the federal government’s digital services consulting agency, to modernize its unemployment insurance system. Using a $1.2 million grant, the state, which has processed about nine million unemployment claims since the start of the pandemic, will get 18F's help in finding a vendor to design and build a new system. The state is also getting consulting services from the U.S. Digital Response, a nonprofit group founded by veterans of 18F and other federal IT agencies. Ryan Johnston reports.

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Check those smart city systems

A group of cybersecurity professionals surveyed by a think tank at the University of California, Berkeley said that emergency alert systems, video surveillance devices and traffic signals pose the greatest cyber risks to local governments pursuing “smart city” programs. The survey, conducted by researchers at Berkeley’s Center for Long-Term Cybersecurity, asked 76 experts to rate nine types of technologies frequently held up as core components of smart cities, based on how likely they were to be attacked by a malicious actor, how impactful a successful attack would be and how much interest they’d attract from nation-state adversaries. Benjamin Freed has details.

ICYMI: Connecticut's consolidating

Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont announced this week that the state government will begin consolidating its federated IT operations into a single organization in an effort to improve agencies’ performance, upgrade technology assets more efficiently and strengthen cybersecurity. The consolidation, which will take about a year to complete, will result in a single IT shop under the leadership of state CIO Mark Raymond. “The world has been changing much more rapidly,” Raymond told StateScoop. “The static IT approach doesn’t allow us to address that.” Ben has more.

Urban SDK releases new platform for real-time transportation metrics

New software from Urban SDK, a mobility analytics and planning company working with state agencies in Florida and Tennessee, could help state and local governments improve transparency around their traffic and crash data. The company announced on Thursday that its customers can now publish their real-time transportation metrics — like crash data, vehicle miles traveled and the costs of traffic congestion — on a new public-facing dashboard. “[Agencies] needed a way to communicate with citizens, their target audience, the things that matter most to them,” Justin Dennis, Urban SDK’s chief technology officer, told StateScoop. Ryan has the story.

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