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Long overdue in Kansas

Kansas announced Tuesday that it will retire the mainframe that's run the state's unemployment insurance program since the 1970s and replace it with a new, cloud-based system. Like elsewhere, Kansas saw its unemployment system "all but collapse" under record demand during the pandemic, along with huge amounts of illegitimate activity. But this modernization is also long overdue, having been scuttled in 2011 amid widespread state-government cutbacks. Benjamin Freed reports.

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'A million' ideas swimming in his head

Ken Pfeil, Virginia’s newly minted chief data officer, said Tuesday that while he’s still getting his bearings in the role, he’s got no shortage of ideas for what the commonwealth’s analytics office can tackle as he begins his tenure. “Benefitting the homeless. Who’s likely to use a certain service. Predictive analytics involving aging folks before the hit that decline. There are a million of those things swimming around my head.” Ben has more.

California's community college cyber boost

Community colleges across California stand to gain an additional $100 million in cybersecurity funding this year, and $25 million in subsequent years, under the state budget proposed by Gov. Gavin Newsom. A recent report from the state Legislative Analyst’s Office found that while Newsom's overall proposal has many merits, it could be tweaked to better support the ongoing costs of defending campus networks. Read more on EdScoop.


Preparing for the ‘work-from-anywhere’ workforce

Public sector agencies are confronting a sea of change in employee expectations that are prompting agency executives to rethink how they recruit, manage and empower their workforce, according to a new FedScoop report. Embracing a work-from-anywhere (WFX) mindset, however, also promises to strengthen agencies' ability to deliver public services more effectively, says Stephen Ellis, government solutions lead at Zoom Video Communications, which underwrote the report. See the full report.

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