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A closer look at Rescue Plan funds

Cities and counties are making progress in spending their emergency COVID-19 relief funds, according to a new analysis by the National League of Cities, the National Association of Counties, and Brookings. Data released this week by the organizations shows how local governments’ use of American Rescue Plan funds charts a course for how they might use money from last year's infrastructure law. Brookings' Alan Berube said that some counties used their Rescue Plan money to "get smarter" by hiring experts and gathering intelligence before the infrastructure funds roll in. Lindsay McKenzie reports.

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Secretaries of State prepare for insider threats in elections

During last week's National Association of Secretaries of State conference in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Colorado's Jena Griswold and Ohio's Frank LaRose sat down with StateScoop's Benjamin Freed to discuss the latest steps their taking to improve the cyber and physical security of their elections. They also talked about how they're dealing with a rising trend of insider threats against election administration. Listen to the interviews.

Louisiana selects Rave Mobile Safety for emergency alerting service

Rave Mobile Safety, which makes software for public safety and emergency management agencies, announced Wednesday it was recently selected by Louisiana to power a statewide public alerting system. The company will provide Louisiana services through the FEMA-run Integrated Public Alert and Warning System. Colin Wood has details.

DHS board says China didn't know about Log4j before disclosure

The Department of Homeland Security’s inaugural Cyber Safety Review board released its first-ever report Thursday, issuing a set of 19 recommendations in response to the widespread Log4j vulnerability that continues to affect networks around the world. Chinese officials confirmed to the board that Alibaba, that country's online commerce giant, shared the vulnerability with the Chinese government on Dec. 13, three days after CISA issued an advisory in response to observations of the vulnerability in the wild. CyberScoop's Tonya Riley has more.

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