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Auditor: FI$Cal still FI$Can't

In a letter last week to California lawmakers and Gov. Gavin Newsom, acting State Auditor Michael Tilden wrote that a staffing shortage at the agency in charge of the Financial Information System for California, or FI$Cal, may threaten the state’s ability to support the system — which has been in development for two decades — when the project is officially completed. Tilden’s office further warned that for the third year running, the state will miss an April 1 deadline to issue financial statements, threatening its credit rating. Colin Wood reports.

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Goodbye in Gig City

Chattanooga, Tennessee, Chief Information Officer Brent Messer announced last weekend that he plans to step down from his role after nearly eight years with the city. The 180,000-person city is known in civic tech circles for being the first municipality in the Western Hemisphere to offer its residents gigabit-speed internet, which Messer upgraded in 2015 to 10-gigabit-per-second service. Ryan Johnston has the story.

Finalsite updates ransomware situation

A spokesperson for Finalsite, a company that provides web hosting services for K-12 schools and some colleges, said yesterday that it’s largely recovered from a ransomware incident detected last week that prompted it to take thousands of client schools’ websites offline. The company has identified the type of malware that prompted the incident, but declined to name it, citing its outside legal counsel. Benjamin Freed has more.

American Rescue Plan rule tweak allows more cybersecurity spending

The Treasury Department's final rule for the American Rescue Plan's state and local relief funds makes it easier for recipients to use that money on cybersecurity. The rule, which takes effect April 1, also allows municipalities receiving awards to claim a standardized revenue-loss allowance of up to $10 million, making it easier for them to access pandemic relief funds, the National Association of Counties said. Read more.

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