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Cost? Don't worry about it

An upcoming report — detailing a recent survey of county IT officials — will shed new light on how the pandemic influenced local governments' technology practices. Phil Bertolini, a former chief information officer of Oakland County, Michigan, offered a preview of the report during the National Association of Counties’ annual conference. The report will show that cybersecurity, citizen engagement and business process automation topped respondents’ list of priorities, but balance sheets were less of a worry as the health crisis set in, he said. Benjamin Freed has the scoop.

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Data "show-and-tell"

Officials in Oklahoma City have been holding regular "show and tell" meetings over the past three years that they said have spawned new projects. Officials also admitted the city has a long way to go before it can become a fully fledged data-driven organization, but that the sessions, which they call "lunch-and-learns," have helped advance a culture of data within the local government. Ryan Johnston reports.

And then there were 3

Colorado last week became the third state to enact a data-privacy bill, following California and Virginia. The new law, which state legislators approved overwhelmingly last month, gives Coloradans the ability to opt out from having their data collected, stored and sold by businesses operating in the state, as well as the ability to edit or delete it. Colorado's law also aims to protect "sensitive data." Benjamin has more.

They'll be watching

The Justice Department last week announced the release of $7.65 million to fund the deployment of body-worn cameras in small, rural or tribal law enforcement agencies. The department said the funding will be available through a competitive grant program to any law enforcement agency with 50 or fewer full-time sworn personnel, agencies within non-urban counties and federally recognized tribal agencies. Attorney General Merrick Garland said the funding is intended to provide law enforcement with “valuable resources to increase accountability and build trust.” Colin Wood has the story.

Making new coders

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson was last week made the new chair of the National Governors Association. He said he plans to make computer science education his key initiative and to use his state as a national template for advancing computer science education in K-12 and universities. Emily Bamforth has the details on EdScoop.

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