State and Local

New online hub to help cities apply for federal infrastructure funding

The $50 million initiative will provide advice and resources to municipalities, especially small towns, through public sector groups and nonprofits, according to Bloomberg Philanthropies.

How a Virginia county wooed Amazon and Boeing

It takes more than tax breaks to get large tech companies to come to a locality.

Legislation promoting cyber collaboration between DHS and states awaits Biden signature

The legislation would improve information sharing between federal cybersecurity authorities and state and local governments.

Code for America unveils first states in Safety Net Innovation Lab cohort

The nonprofit’s lab aims to help states build digital tools and services to connect people with health, food assistance and other benefits programs. 

New cybersecurity bill authorizes DHS to ramp up incident response efforts nationwide

The National Cybersecurity Preparedness Consortium Act gives the Department of Homeland Security a range of opportunities to bolster cybersecurity preparedness at the state and local level, including and technical assistance services.

Can CDM work for state, local governments?

Proposed legislation would extend the federal Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation program to state and local governments to help them strengthen their cybersecurity.

NJ mulls cyber incident reporting

A state Senate bill would require public agencies and government contractors to report cybersecurity incidents within 72 hours.

Schools would receive funding for cyber education programs under bipartisan bill

The proposed Cybersecurity Grants For Schools Act of 2022 establishes federal grants for schools to promote cybersecurity education. 

The data platform behind intelligent transportation

The stream of enriched data from connected vehicle devices and intelligent transportation systems will support scores of applications drawing on real-time and historic analysis of road and traffic conditions.

Governors tighten IT cybersecurity amid Ukraine attacks

Governors in Texas, Colorado, New York and North Carolina are calling on their IT departments to ensure critical infrastructure is protected.

Labor Department defends response to states' unemployment fraud

The department says it's working on fixes after criminals siphoned billions in improper benefit payments.

FirstNet should be reauthorized before it sunsets, GAO says

Any significant changes to the public safety broadband network would be complex, expensive and may disrupt services delivery if the contract with AT&T is interrupted or changed before 2042, GAO warned.

Wireless data reduces high-speed accidents at intersections

Wireless data transmitted between oncoming vehicles and traffic signals is allowing researchers to dynamically change the duration of green lights to prevent accidents.

NY launches joint cybersecurity center to strengthen coordination

The Joint Security Operations Center will bring federal, state, county and local cybersecurity data sharing efforts under one umbrella to improve incident response and provide a holistic view of the cyber-threat landscape.

Democratic senators call for $5B in federal funds for election security

The money would go to cities and counties to modernize outdated equipment and upgrade cybersecurity.

Labor, USDS pilot new unemployment insurance tech

A pilot project underway in New Jersey and Arkansas focusing on the experience of claimants for unemployment insurance is new territory for the Department of Labor. The agency is working with the United States Digital Service to develop pieces of tech for states to use in unemployment claims.

Seattle takes on double parking with curbside data

An open-source specification that shares curbside data on loading zones will help the city reduce congestion and make it easier for delivery drivers to find usable spaces.