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Congress puts $380 million toward election security

The omnibus funding bill includes grant funding to help states secure their election systems.

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Colorado bullish on blockchain

A bipartisan bill in Colorado encourages state agencies to explore blockchain solutions in new and existing IT projects to secure data, eliminate redundancies, prevent fraud and save money.

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A smartphone-based 'office' for parole agents

California's Virtual Integrated Mobile Office app lets parole agents update their case files from smartphones while in the field.

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Best practices for election systems security

A new handbook from the Center for Internet Security details ways jurisdictions can improve the security of their digital elections systems.

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Inventory management system streamlines foresters' field work

Soon available on foresters' personal mobile devices, the Michigan Forest Inventory system helps the state manage its trees for habitat preservation, recreation and timber sales.

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Environmental inspectors find mobile app to be a force multiplier

With the help of tablet-based app, Pennsylvania's Department of Environmental Protection "massively" increased the number and accuracy of its inspections of oil and gas wells.

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Engagement, accessibility, cybersecurity top local government priorities

By leveraging social media, video, mobile messaging and other communications tools, agencies are poised to drive significant change in how they interact with their communities.

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Is your county elections clerk ready for Russian hackers?

In a decentralized election system with more than 10,000 separate jurisdictions, the onus for security is on local officials.

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Scoring sex offenders to predict future risk

OffenderWatch's Focus assigns a risk score to registered offenders based on more than 100 different risk factors found in the offender's record as well as other data sources.

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Can the FOIA.gov code help local governments?

The source code is open and available for reuse, but smaller governments might be looking for a more comprehensive solution, according to open government experts.

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MyCOMPASS makes social services navigation mobile

With the secure app, users can access and review their benefits, upload documents and report changes, improving customer service and saving Pennsylvania millions.

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Despite security concerns, states haven't upgraded voting tech

Although election security has received significant attention following the 2016 presidential election, a new report finds that little has changed since 2015.

Recent data breaches spark debate over 'reasonable' notification rules

States are trying to beef up consumer protections by clearly defining how quickly residents must be notified of a data breach and broadening the category of "personal information" covered under such laws.

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How Maryland uses data to fight opioids

Although data from Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs can help identify users who need treatment, license plate readers help police catch criminals bringing drugs into the state.

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Federal, state execs push for blockchain expansion

Agencies are looking to the private sector for interoperable blockchain solutions that cut across mission needs.


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