Budget & Finance
As states ready plans for year one of the State and Local Cybersecurity Grant Program and look ahead to year two’s NOFO, local governments should advocate for what they want. High on those lists: MFA, threat monitoring and cyber training.
Plus, more about Kansas' $15 million of federal funding for digital equity; U.S. senators reintroduce digital equity legislation, $180 for digital equity heading to libraries, and more.
The feature uses artificial intelligence to help craft budget books, including the text narratives that accompany spending changes. The tool could save time and hassle during the hectic budget process.
During the 2023 State of the Net Conference, digital equity experts discussed the importance of seizing the current financial opportunity to bridge the digital divide, and why collaboration is essential.
The Center for Digital Government convened government and industry to offer advice on buying cloud services. An updated cloud procurement guide reflects changes in the cloud landscape, particularly around data and risk management.
Recent financials paint a picture of how gov tech suppliers will move past COVID and embrace rising concerns about public safety. A “moonshot” goal and the labor market will also play roles in the months to come.
Election reform advocates and Democratic lawmakers are mounting pressure in the Legislature to use federal Help America Vote Act funds for cities and towns to replace aging ballot-counting machines.
A collection of 85 organizations has submitted a proposal to the Department of Defense's Microelectronics Commons program, to create a regional hub bolstering tech development and growing workforce talent.
A set of eight license plate cameras will give police additional help locating wanted vehicles, officials say. Surrounding cities have also implemented the technology, which can share intelligence between departments.
Called AbilityOne Storefront, the new B2B site sells products and services made by people who are blind or have other significant disabilities. It builds off a longstanding federal effort and is open to state and local governments.
Secretary of State Cisco Aguilar is asking state lawmakers for approximately $30 million to help aid in establishing a statewide voter registration database that would modernize the way elections are administered.
The Center for Digital Government’s Beyond the Beltway event returned in person to the Washington, D.C., area, where industry members gathered for a forecast on 2023 state and local government technology spending.
The USDA grant will cover about 75 percent of the expansion costs with the provider investing the remainder to expand its all-fiber optic to approximately 3,500 locations across three underserved counties.
The Georgetown University-based program plans to use the money to support its ongoing work, specifically around helping government boost access to public safety net benefits.
A $2.28 million federal grant will allow the city to upgrade its 911 emergency dispatch center and implement new technology that will allow dispatchers to do their jobs more efficiently, officials say.
New incentives — like the ones offered in Denver — are promising to advance the adoption of e-bikes and are fueling calls for the devices to be seen as essential parts of the evolving transportation ecosystem.