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Keep it realistic

During a session Monday at the National Association of Counties’ annual legislative conference in Washington, a panel of county CIOs said that, as far as IT-related projects are concerned, federal pandemic relief funds are best used on “realistic” efforts that can be achieved over the short and medium terms. “I think we’ve been pretty thoughtful in terms of shovel-ready projects,” said Tom Lynch, the CIO of Cook County, Illinois, which includes Chicago. Benjamin Freed reports.

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Discount internet program hits 10 million

The Biden administration said yesterday that a new FCC initiative designed to increase access to high-speed internet recently enrolled its 10 millionth household. The Affordable Connectivity Program, which was created in last year's infrastructure law, gives low-income households monthly discounts up to $30 on their internet service bills, and tribal households savings of up to $75 per month. At a White House event, Vice President Kamala Harris said one-fourth of all households qualify for a discount. Colin Wood has more.

Another round for Ransomware Task Force

The Institute for Security and Technology received more than $800,000 in additional funding to support its Ransomware Task Force for a second year, FedScoop's Dave Nyczepir reports. The 60-person group last year published a sweeping report that went on to inform several new cybersecurity policies, including a $20 million response and recovery fund at CISA. Read more on FedScoop.

Missouri drama winds down

A prosecutor in Missouri said last week he won't bring charges against a St. Louis Post-Dispatch reporter who last October discovered a website vulnerability that was exposing teachers' personal identifying information, an act that Gov. Mike Parson had described inaccurately as "hacking." “This decision is a relief. But it does not repair the harm done to me and my family,” the journalist, Josh Renaud, wrote in a statement. Ben had the story.

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