State & Local

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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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    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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    Can the 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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    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.

  • data on opioids

    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.

  • city with data

    Smart Cities Council announces challenge winners

    The Smart Cities Council has selected five locations as the winners of the 2018 Readiness Challenge.

  • justice data

    The push to make local justice data shareable

    As interest in data-driven analysis increases, counties are working to make their criminal justice data available and interoperable.

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    Is FirstNet secure enough for law enforcement?

    Although California eventually decided to opt into the FirstNet national public-safety wireless broadband network, it raised concerns about the network's compliance with Criminal Justice Information Services requirements.

  • data breach (Kunst Bilder/

    How agencies should respond to shorter breach reporting statutes

    As the increasing number of breaches collide with tighter reporting mandates, agencies must strike a balance between protecting citizens and taking the time required to conduct a meticulous forensic investigation.

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    NTIA awards next round of FirstNet planning grants

    The National Telecommunications and Information Administration's State and Local Implementation Program helps jurisdictions prepare for FirstNet's roll out.

  • child and parent (KonstantinChristian/

    Parents, staff win with mobile app for child support services

    Georgia's Child Support Services Mobile App lets clients make payments and appointments, view their cases and get answers to common questions, making the process more convenient for state employees and users alike.

Topic Resources

  • Optimizing Federal Data Center Operations and Management

    In this white paper you’ll learn the advantages of data center optimization, and a step by step process to get there. Also, how federal data center optimization can help improve agency efficiencies, lower costs, centralize and increase security, and scale for quicker, more robust performance.

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  • When cybersecurity capabilities are paid for, but untapped

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