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    Bill would fund unemployment IT modernization, portable benefits

    The Emergency Benefits for Independent Workers Program Act would establish an emergency portable benefits fund for states to use for unemployed workers and to help modernize their IT systems.

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    How pandemic response amplifies state cyber challenges

    The additional responsibilities state and local IT shops have taken on in the wake of the pandemic have stretched their already thin resources, but the work administering hundreds of federal programs may finally open the door for federal cybersecurity funding.

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    States try automating virus contact tracing

    Contact tracing apps use smartphones’ GPS and Bluetooth functions to collect and share data about where users have been and with whom they’ve come in contact.

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    Contact tracing with a technology twist

    To supplement the thousands of frontline public health workers required for contact tracing, some governments are considering an smartphone-based approach.

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    Reopening means contact tracing. Many states aren't ready.

    With no national plan and scant federal dollars on the horizon, states are funding their own contact-tracing initiatives for what experts predict will be a massive undertaking lasting 18 months to two years, until a vaccine is developed.

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    Dems plan COVID relief for state, local government

    Democratic lawmakers want the next stimulus package to provide state and local governments with as much as $700 billion in block aid grants and increased funding for Medicaid to help them retain workers and avoid layoffs.

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    4 ways to deliver better citizen search experience

    As many citizen interactions start on state and local government websites, powerful and accurate search features ensure citizens can quickly and effectively access the exact information they need.

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