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Biden meets the counties

President Biden told the National Association of Counties yesterday that money local governments received from last year’s American Rescue Plan should be used in part to lay groundwork for projects that could be pursued under future rounds of funding through the more recent infrastructure spending plan. “You don’t have to wait until the projects start,” Biden said. “You can use the resources from the American Rescue Plan now.”   Benjamin Freed reports.

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'I’m gone when Nelson’s gone'

Jonathan Ozovek, who’s spent the past three years as the Virginia Information Technologies Agency’s chief operating officer and right hand to former CIO Nelson Moe, told StateScoop this week that he’ll step down at the end of the month. Ozovek was recruited in 2019 to fill a new role straddling operations, data and supply-chain management, giving Moe more time to build relationships with vendors and customer agencies. “I said upon arrival that I’m gone when Nelson’s gone,” Ozovek said. Colin Wood has details.

Some good practices here

The nonprofit NewDEAL Forum last week released a report that serves as a new resource to state and local leaders who’ve yet to take action on broadband expansion. The report highlights use cases, case studies and profiles of broadband technologies that have been successfully implemented by state and local policymakers across the country, including digital literacy programs and telehealth services. Ryan Johnston has more.

County election systems just got a (simulated) stress test

County officials from across the U.S. on Friday theorized what they’d do if an election in their jurisdiction was upended by a blizzard, power outage, phishing attack, ransomware or disinformation campaign — or some combination of those events. The tabletop scenario was designed to give the officials an opportunity to stress-test their elections administrators' operational resiliency. Ben was in the room.

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