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North Dakota's interstate cyber ops center grows to 10

The interstate cybersecurity operations center that North Dakota officials launched last year recently expanded again and now features participation from 10 states, with plans to add at least five more before the end of the year. North Dakota CISO Michael Gregg told StateScoop on Thursday that the center has allowed IT and cyber officials from member states to share threat intelligence with each other directly, without intermediaries like a federal agency or the MS-ISAC. While he declined to name the participating states, he said the list includes states on the East and West coasts in addition to other parts of the Midwest. Benjamin Freed reports.

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Missouri ordered to pay Medicaid IT vendor $23M

After a six-year legal battle between the State of Missouri and the IT system integrator EngagePoint, a county judge and jury last week sided with the vendor, awarding it more than $23 million. The Missouri Independent reported that Cole County Circuit Judge Jon Beetem granted a verdict giving the company more than $4 million, while a jury sided with EngagePoint on several of its charges against the state, awarding the firm an additional $18.9 million of a total $31 million sought. The state also won a decision regarding software maintenance. Read more.

Rough weekend forecast for satellites

NOAA's Space Weather Prediction Center is keeping agencies like NASA abreast of a geomagnetic storm that may affect their satellites and communications over the next two days, FedScoop's Dave Nyczepir reports. Geomagnetic storms heat and expand the atmosphere, changing its density in a way that can throw satellites off their orbit, and they can also cause electrostatic discharge on spacecraft. “It’s almost like the Sun shoots a magnet out into space,” Bill Murtagh, SWPC program coordinator, told FedScoop. Read more on FedScoop.


Advancing AI/ML in state and local government

Artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) are making headway in helping state, county and local governments improve citizen services. In a new interview, IT experts from Arizona and Hewlett Packard Enterprise discuss the practical examples of how AI/ML are speeding up Maricopa County Clerk of the Superior Court’s work that supports public service. Watch the interview. 

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