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Don't want to get left behind

While state and local technology officials are still waiting on the federal government for guidance on how a new $1 billion cybersecurity grant program will work, some local governments worry about whether they’ll benefit from the money at all, government IT experts yesterday. “‘What if I don’t have the expertise to apply for these grants? Are we going to get left out?'” said Alan Shark, executive director of CompTIA’s Public Technology Institute. Benjamin Freed has more.

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Clearing up E-rate in Indian Country

The Federal Communications Commission on Thursday clarified the rules of its $4.2 billion E-Rate program to ensure that libraries on tribal grounds are eligible for the program’s discounts on telecommunications technologies and broadband. Thursday’s change ensures that the definition of “library” within the E-Rate program includes tribal libraries. An FCC survey last year found that only 12% of tribal libraries had ever applied to the E-Rate program. Ryan Johnston reports.

Social media fraud runs rampant

Losses from fraud originating on social media skyrocketed in 2021, according to data the Federal Trade Commission released Thursday. More than 95,000 individuals reported losses totaling $770 million as a result of fraud initiated on social media. That number is up from $258 million in 2020 and just $42 million in 2017. Part of that growth has been driven by record losses to cryptocurrency scams. Read more from CyberScoop's Tonya Riley.


Despite consistency on priorities, state government is changing

Though the top half of NASCIO’s annual priority list has remained consistent, state and local governments remain in a period of change. In a new StateScoop Priorities podcast, Deloitte's Meghan Sullivan and Thomas Beck highlight the rise of multi-cloud as an emerging priority and focus for state governments to provide more robust services for their hybrid workforce. Listen to the full conversation. 

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