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‘The maps are essential’

NTIA Administrator Alan Davidson faced the Senate Commerce Committee yesterday, and several members of the panel had the same question: Are the FCC's new, more-accurate broadband maps going to be ready by the time $45 billion in high-speed internet funding from the big infrastructure law starts flowing? “The maps are essential,” Davidson said. “They are the biggest thing slowing us down. We have to get the maps right.” Benjamin Freed reports.

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A bit more map news

Minnesota has a new chief geospatial information officer in Alison Slaats, who was previously a supervisor in the state GIS office. Drawing on a 25-year career in GIS spanning private and public sectors, Slaats told StateScoop that beyond continuing Ross’ work to support geospatial efforts across the state government, she’s especially interested in working with local governments. Colin Wood has more.

The ever-growing 'must-patch' list

Since CISA first published its list of known, exploited vulnerabilities last November, the document has grown from 300 flaws to nearly 800. To boot, the list is now the “No. 1 topic” that comes up when the agency meets with businesses, CISA Executive Director for Cybersecurity Eric Goldstein told CyberScoop's Tim Starks this week. “I think it has driven extraordinary focus and really a big re-conceptualization of how organizations rate and prioritize vulnerabilities," Goldstein said. Read more, then patch.

California's new CIO

Gov. Gavin Newsom on Tuesday announced that Liana Bailey-Crimmins, the state’s chief technology officer, will serve as the new statewide CIO and director of the California Department of Technology. In an interview with StateScoop last year, Bailey-Crimmins said she’s noticed a greater interest in agencies to adopt a hybrid-cloud model in which they continue using legacy hardware for backend systems. Colin has the story.

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