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Another round for the NGA's cyber academy

The National Governors Association announced Thursday that officials from Kansas, Missouri, Montana and Washington will participate in the group’s cybersecurity policy academy, an annual program that provides guidance on cybersecurity governance and developing strategies that can eventually be shared with other states. “For governors, it’s not just securing the IT infrastructure, it’s all infrastructure across the state,” said Maggie Brunner, the director of the NGA’s homeland security and public safety program. Benjamin Freed reports.

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Voting is now open for the nominees of the StateScoop 50 Awards. There are more than 180 people and projects up for voting in this year's annual program, which highlights the top leaders and initiatives across state government IT. Voting will be open until April 16. Vote now.

New York is expanding its mobile vaccine passport

As the Biden administration begins weighing nationwide standards for "vaccine passports," New York State is expanding a pilot program it's been running with IBM to encourage all residents to download an app that shows their COVID-19 vaccination status, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced last Friday. The "Excelsior Pass," which was first tested last month at an NBA game, can hold verified vaccination records that are easily accessible for people trying to get into an event or business requiring proof of inoculation. Ryan Johnston has more.

Northern Virginia city, Virginia Tech plan smart-city test bed

Officials in Falls Church, Virginia, plan to enlist Virginia Tech University and local transportation agencies to create a smart city “test bed” across 44 acres in the 15,000-person city later this year. With help from the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute and the Virginia Department of Transportation, the Washington, D.C., suburb will outfit a transportation grid with connected technologies increasingly common in larger cities, like adaptive street lights, connected traffic signals and sensors that help residents use their smartphones to find parking spaces. Ryan has more.

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