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Making the most of the rescue plan

With more than 3 million COVID-19 vaccines being administered to Americans each day, a return to a new sense of normalcy seems to be imminent. But, New Hampshire CIO and NASCIO President Denis Goulet asks, what exactly does that return mean for the future of state government? Goulet writes that the $350 billion in state and local funding in the recent American Rescue Plan gives government a huge opportunity modernize legacy and outdated IT systems, improve cybersecurity postures and invest in technologies to enhance how citizens interact with their governments. Read Goulet's column.

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Indiana scaling up cyber

Indiana lawmakers recently passed legislation that will greatly increase the amount of information sharing among statewide agencies and between the state and local government regarding cyberattacks and threats to government IT assets. The bill, which Gov. Eric Holcomb is expected to sign soon, will give the Indiana Office of Technology a much wider scope over how public-sector entities report and respond to incidents like ransomware, denial-of-service attacks and software vulnerability exploitations. “Think of it as your neighbor letting you know there was mischief on their property the other day; it is helpful to know that," said IOT communications director Graig Lubsen. Benjamin Freed reports.

Still after more than a year?

States are still struggling to address lagging unemployment systems that left thousands of Americans without easily accessible benefits, though more than a year has passed since businesses and government offices began closing their doors because of the coronavirus pandemic. And while unemployment claims nationwide have fallen to pandemic-era lows, labor officials and agency watchdogs in many states say they’re still at least months away and millions of dollars from modernizing their systems. Ryan Johnston has more.


The future of work for state and local governments

Cisco’s Marc Moffett says that as government leaders start planning how to return to the office post-pandemic, many are considering the viability of a hybrid work environment. He discusses how state and local agencies can offer flexibility to their workforce by focusing on four key priorities: reimagining applications, empowering teams, transforming the infrastructure and securing data. Hear more from Moffett.

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