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Sparing a hand for small biz

Wichita, Kansas, has a new small-business portal, the latest such launch among local governments seeking to provide their residents with a level of heightened assistance that became more common during the pandemic. The portal uses software from Qwally, which develops business-facing websites that use “plain-language content,” as opposed to governmentese, the company's co-founder, Matthew Cody, said. “Now that things are kind of back to normal, cities are embracing their role in small business support, realizing they need to do more and continue to deliver the services that they may have delivered under stress during the pandemic,” he said. Colin Wood reports.

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The union makes code strong

Code for America has reached an agreement with its staff over voluntary recognition of a union, marking one of the first unions in the civic-tech space, FedScoop's John Hewitt Jones reports. CEO Amanda Renteria described the agreement as an “important milestone” for the nonprofit. “This has been a learning journey for our organization, and we arrived where we are today, with voluntary recognition, because of our strong commitment to delivering on our mission and staying true to our values.” Read more on FedScoop.

Fix the culture, fix the cyber?

A group of local-government cybersecurity leaders agreed yesterday that their organizations’ cultural attitudes pose some of the greatest roadblocks to more secured systems, including walled-off agencies, employees’ resistance to mandatory trainings and users’ unease with increasingly standard procedures like multi-factor authentication and single-sign-on protocols. “We have a lot of people who still think this problem isn’t going to happen to us," Phoenix CISO Shannon Lawson said during an online event hosted by Data Connectors, a professional network for the cybersecurity industry. Benjamin Freed has more.

Louisiana adds hunting, fishing permits to digital license app

Louisiana has added more functionality to its LA Wallet mobile app, allowing recreational hunters and fishers to display their respective permits digitally through the app via an update this week. Residents can use the app to show law enforcement that their permits are up-to-date and valid without carrying around a physical ID. Louisiana in 2018 became the first state in the country to make a digital license app fully available to the public, but several other states — including Arkansas, Colorado, Texas and Virginia — have since made available digital hunting or fishing licenses through their own apps. Happy hunting.

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