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The money's trickling in

A pair of state IT officials said Wednesday they’re starting to see the effects of federal pandemic recovery money flowing in, and have started using the funds to better equip remote workforces, improve network security and expand broadband. So far, tech leaders say they are benefitting from the plan. During a virtual event Wednesday, both New York CTO Rajiv Rao and Maryland CIO Michael Leahy said yes when asked if they felt they were getting their “fair share” of American Rescue Plan funds. Benjamin Freed reports.

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Phoenix staffs up

The City of Phoenix on Tuesday named a new chief information officer and the city’s first chief innovation officer, naming longtime city employees to both positions. The new CIO, Steen Hambric, had already assumed the role in an acting capacity in May, following the departure of Matthew Arvay, who’s now a business development executive at Apple. Meanwhile, Michael Hammett, formerly the "chief service officer," will take over in the innovation role, in which he'll be tasked with leading performance measurement efforts, including any data-focused initiatives. Ryan Johnston has details.

'Good faith,' but Amazon's lawyers

Code for America CEO Amanda Renteria has said the digital services nonprofit will “continue to act in good faith” in union recognition talks and reiterated that the organization will make a decision on voluntary recognition in October. In an internal memo obtained by FedScoop, Renteria said that the organization is facing a significant learning curve over the unionization process and that it has received the recommendation to be as thoughtful as possible about the process “without delaying or rushing.” But the group also hired the law firm Jackson Lewis, which last year helped Amazon beat back a union drive, to advise it on labor practices. John Hewitt Jones has the story on FedScoop.

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