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It's academic for StateRAMP

StateRAMP, the two-year-old group working to build a standardized security rubric for state and local IT vendors, announced yesterday that several more governments and other organizations have begun using its standards. Those new partners include the K12 Security Information Exchange, a group that’s bemoaned the lack of security standards for grade-school tech providers, and the University of North Carolina system. Leah McGrath, StateRAMP's executive director, also announced a slew of new government partners, including the New York State Government IT Directors Association. Benjamin Freed reports.

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Transportation Dept. announces $160M for transporation tech

The U.S. Department of Transportation announced Monday it’s accepting applications for two grant programs furthering the use of technology designed to make transportation safer, cleaner and more efficient. The Strengthening Mobility and Revolutionizing Transportation, or SMART, and the Advanced Transportation Technology and Innovation, or ATTAIN, programs together make about $160 million in new funding available to communities advancing transportation technology initiatives. Colin Wood has details.

Report: CISA turned down election-worker protection contract

While election officials and law enforcement officials are worrying about increased threats of harassment and violence, CNN reports that CISA — the lead federal agency on election-security matters — turned down a multimillion-dollar proposal to protect those same officials from threats and harassment fueled by disinformation and conspiracy theories. The decision to reject the proposal from the Center for Internet Security, which runs the federally funded Elections Infrastructure ISAC, was fueled in large part by DHS's failed rollout of a Disinformation Governance Board, which was torpedoed by accusations of being "partisan." Read more at CNN.

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