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Rhode Island sparks up a new contract

The Rhode Island Department of Business Regulation on Thursday selected a new vendor, Metrc, to manage the data system that tracks medical marijuana products from their points of origin to their final sales to patients at cannabis shops. Over the five-year contract, state officials will use Metrc's platform — based on RFID tracking and software — to keep tabs on legal weed. Rhode Island legalized medicinal use in 2006, and will start allowing recreational sales in December. Benjamin Freed reports.

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Senate bill could let states into Login.gov

The U.S. Senate is expected in the coming weeks to consider the Improving Intergovernmental Cooperation and Reducing Duplication Act of 2022, which is intended to allow state, local and tribal government entities to adopt platforms already in use by other government agencies. The legislation is focused on the Login.gov identity management platform and would potentially allow state and local governments to adopt existing federally built technology instead of relying on private sector solutions. John Hewitt Jones has the story at FedScoop.

New York's cybersecurity operations center rolls out endpoint service to locals

New York officials said last week that county governments statewide and several major cities can now receive free endpoint detection and response services through the security operations center the state opened earlier this year. Paul Lutwak, the director of information technology in Upstate New York’s Madison County, called the program a potential “game-changer for counties and municipalities statewide.” See the details.


Survey points to strong support for digital transformation projects

The COVID-19 pandemic accelerated digital transformation by necessity, but agency leaders aren’t slowing their eagerness to keep up with the pace of change, according to a recent survey. Sixty-six percent of those surveyed said their agency will maintain accelerated digital transformation progress as the pandemic subsides, and two-thirds said that they have either applied for, or plan to apply for, government funding to further support digital transformation initiatives. Read more about the findings. 

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