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Grants at the goal line?

The long-awaited outline for a new federal cybersecurity grant program aimed at state and local governments might show itself soon, New Hampshire CIO Denis Goulet said yesterday. Goulet said during StateScoop’s IT Modernization Summit that he’s heard “encouraging” things lately on DHS's progress on drafting guidelines for the $1 billion fund. “We think instead of what felt like further push-off we might be getting close to the goal line. I certainly hope we are,” he said. Benjamin Freed has more.

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Deputy clerk flips in Colorado election-breach case

Mesa County, Colorado, Clerk Tina Peters' deputy, who was indicted alongside Peters earlier this year in connection with a breach last year of election equipment, admitted to three misdemeanors yesterday and agreed to testify against Peters. The deputy, Belinda Knisely, said in court she was acting at the direction of Peters, who's become a high-profile election denier and faces nearly a dozen criminal charges related to the May 2021 incident. Ben has details.

Redefining 'smart cities' while preparing for the Olympics

Los Angeles CIO Ted Ross said yesterday he increasingly spends his time focused on projects connected to his city’s hosting the 2028 Summer Olympics. While the global event is still six years away, it will require major improvements to the city’s digital and physical infrastructure, Ross said during StateScoop’s IT Modernization Summit. "I think it’s extremely important that while that runway may seem like a while, we have some pretty intensive infrastructure and technology investments that need to be ready to go to be able to host the world," he said.   Now we just need our Olympic tickets.

Key to a successful cloud transition? Workforce training, say state CIOs

Delaware CIO Jason Clarke said his state’s efforts to centralize IT services, which have been underway for about a decade, are largely challenged by “the people aspect.” Clarke said that as the state has consolidated, the Department of Technology and Information has discovered that many of the people who administer various IT services “wear multiple hats," he said during yesterday's IT Modernization Summit. Colin Wood has details.

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