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An unemployment fraud crackdown's coming

President Biden said during his State of the Union address last night that the Justice Department will soon appoint a chief prosecutor to target pandemic unemployment fraud, which was rampant in virtually every state over the past two years. The White House said this new official will lead teams of prosecutors who will use "state-of-the-art" data analytics to track down “major targets," including perpetrators of large-scale identity theft and foreign actors. The U.S. Labor Department has estimated that states paid out about $87 billion in phony unemployment claims during the pandemic. Benjamin Freed reports.

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Firm picked to provide California's NG911 emergency alerts

The public-safety tech firm Rave Mobile Safety announced Monday that it’s been selected as California’s provider for emergency mass notifications amid a statewide transition to next-generation 911. Rave CEO Todd Piett said the alert system will integrate with new, IP-based 911 platforms being implemented by the state, aimed at improving the accuracy and speed with which government can respond to emergencies. Colin Wood has details.

Replacing outdated voting tech could cost $350M

Jurisdictions in 23 states are using voting equipment that’s more than decade old and no longer manufactured, according to a report published Tuesday by New York University’s Brennan Center for Justice. And equipment designed to assist voters with physical disabilities to cast private ballots is still being used in parts or all of 26 states. All told, it could cost upward of $350 million to replace all the outmoded equipment, researchers concluded. Ben has more.

Senate OKs cyber incident reporting

The U.S. Senate yesterday gave unanimous approval to legislation requiring critical infrastructure owners to report to the feds when they suffer a major cyberattack or make a ransomware payment. Under the measure, those critical infrastructure owners and operators as well as federal agencies would have to disclose a significant incident to CISA within 72 hours, and a ransomware payment within 24 hours. Tim Starks reports for CyberScoop.

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