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Katya Maruri

Staff Writer

Katya Maruri is a staff writer for Government Technology. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism and a master’s degree in global strategic communications from Florida International University, and more than five years of experience in the print and digital news industry.

 

Some of the unemployment system’s challenges include processing large numbers of claims, protecting people’s personal information and state lawmakers not knowing the extent of the system’s operational problems.
If passed, the proposed legislation would prevent Internet providers from blocking, throttling or engaging in the paid prioritization of providing Internet service to Massachusetts residents.
Under the bill, private entities would pay hefty fines if they share residents' biometric data without consent. Such data would include fingerprints; voiceprints; facial geometry; and retina, iris and hand scans.
Modeled on the FedRAMP program to pre-verify the cybersecurity of third-party vendors, StateRAMP is now working to get states on board and fill out its roster of companies certified to work with government.
To safeguard schools in the state from cyber threats, a recently enacted law will allow the California Military Department to conduct independent security assessments to identify any weaknesses.
Annette Dunn, Iowa’s chief information officer, has resigned from her post, accepting a new job opportunity in the private sector. Her last day in state government is Oct. 22.
Under a recently proposed Wisconsin bill, lawmakers are considering the use of federal relief funds to create a grant program aimed at expanding the state's wireless broadband and cellular service.
Former New Hampshire CISO Daniel Dister has accepted a position with the Biden administration’s Office of Management and Budget, leaving state CIO Denis Goulet to temporarily take on the role.
Carol Burroughs, the assistant director of North Carolina's Data Division, has been tapped to serve as the state's interim chief data officer. She replaces former CDO John Correllus, who retired Oct. 1.
Are stricter privacy regulations a good thing? As more state and local governments look to protect data privacy, a couple of industry experts point out some of the challenges associated with these types of policies.
Starting Nov. 1, a Wisconsin bill will go into effect requiring insurance companies to meet specific requirements to protect residents' private information, including social security numbers and health information.
If the legislation to create the new commission gets traction, standards would be set around the protection of private data across several sectors. Proponents contend these minimum standards will help secure the state.
The New Hampshire Department of Revenue Administration's online tax collection portal is complete, allowing users to file most of their taxes electronically and schedule automated payments.
Ongoing efforts to automate manual processes are underway in the city with the end goal of making government more responsive, efficient and mobile. Citizen programmers and developers are helping this along.
To track the spread of COVID-19 and its variants, health departments in counties across at least three states have turned to GIS mapping to monitor current and past cases as well as vaccine distribution.
A recently proposed piece of New York legislation would require certain critical infrastructure systems to meet international cybersecurity standards to better prevent them from being compromised.
In an effort to implement net neutrality requirements for the Internet service providers involved in public contracts, state lawmakers have proposed a bill to codify an existing executive order.
Starting next month, Texas businesses and government entities will no longer contract with companies from China, Russia, North Korea and Iran as a preventative measure to protect the state's critical infrastructure.
Businesses in the state could soon avoid punitive damages if their personal or restricted information becomes compromised. However, this protection only works if businesses meet certain cybersecurity standards.
Digital licenses and IDs are currently being tested before being rolled out to the public later this year. Once released, users will be able to share their app-based ID with law enforcement and participating retailers.
Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly has assembled a 15-member bipartisan task force to protect the state against cyber crime. The group, made up of government and private-sector reps, will submit its first report later this year.
To increase Indiana’s cybersecurity stance, a recently enacted bill will require state agencies and political subdivisions to report all threats to the state’s Office of Technology within two business days.
Recently signed legislation will ramp up the state’s cybersecurity and legacy system upgrades through the newly created Technology Improvement and Modernization Fund. The new law takes effect Sept. 1.
A New Jersey state lawmaker has proposed the creation of an "innovation partnership" to help fund emerging tech companies within the state. The effort is being pitched as a way to renew the state's innovative roots.
Now that fully vaccinated individuals can meet indoors without wearing masks, will state legislative sessions continue to meet online? Or will lawmakers go back to meeting in person?
A recently proposed New York bill could soon allow the state's IT office to select a third party to evaluate its IT infrastructure, which was stretched to the limit during COVID-19 pandemic response efforts.
Big tech companies could soon be facing down new antitrust rules if a suite of five bills from the U.S. House gain enough support. Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle have voiced interest in reining in tech monopolies.
In a bill recently sent to Colorado Gov. Jared Polis, state lawmakers have proposed increasing the state’s cybersecurity by creating a dedicated council and better defining the role of the Office of Information Technology.
Following the departure of Ohio's former CIO Ervan Rodgers earlier this month, Deputy CIO Katrina Flory has been named as Rodger’s permanent replacement. She served in the deputy CIO position since 2011.
With the cybersecurity mishaps of the 2016 presidential election in mind, Rhode Island lawmakers have proposed a bill to do a cybersecurity assessment of its election systems to prevent future cyber attacks.