NACo Accepting Policy Resolutions for 2023 Legislative Conference

In advance of the National Association of Counties (NACo) 2023 Legislative Conference, NACo encourages members to amplify their voices in Washington, D.C., by submitting an interim policy resolution. What are interim policy resolutions? During the Legislative Conference, NACo's ten policy steering committees and Board of Directors consider legislative and policy resolutions that will guide NACo advocacy until the NACo Annual Conference in July 2023. All interim resolutions must be submitted electronically (preferably as a Word…

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Anne Arundel Names Acting Director of Dept of Public Works

County Executive Steuart Pittman named Karen Henry as the acting director of the Anne Arundel County Department of Public Works. Henry takes the reigns from Chris Phipps, who announced his retirement. "Karen is a seasoned county employee and talented leader who understands the needs and inner workings of the department," said County Executive Pittman. "I look forward to Karen's leadership as she transitions into this new role." Ms. Henry started her career with Anne Arundel…

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MD Black Caucus Announces New Chair

The Legislative Black Caucus of Maryland (LBCMD) named Delegate Jheanelle Wilkins as chair. LBCMD is the largest legislative Black caucus in the nation and stands to increase to 64 members in 2023. "With new and historic leadership across the state and at every level, the opportunity to make a distinguishable impact on our state and transform the lives of Black Marylanders has never been greater. I'm honored to lead the Legislative Black Caucus of Maryland…

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Hogan Issues Emergency Cybersecurity Directive Banning TikTok, Other Foreign-Based Platforms in State Government

Governor Larry Hogan today announced an emergency cybersecurity directive to prohibit certain Chinese and Russian-influenced products and platforms for the executive branch of state government, including TikTok. According to Governor Hogan, these entities present an unacceptable level of cybersecurity risk to the state and may be involved in cyber espionage, surveillance of government entities, and inappropriate collection of sensitive personal information. “There may be no greater threat to our personal safety and national security than…

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Feds (Again) Extend REAL ID Deadline

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced an extension of the REAL ID full enforcement date by 24 months, from May 3, 2023, to May 7, 2025. As a result, states will now have additional time to ensure their residents have driver’s licenses and identification cards that meet the security standards established by the REAL ID Act. As required by the law, following the enforcement deadline, federal agencies, including the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), will…

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Anne Arundel Earns GFOA Award for Distinguished Budget Presentation

The Anne Arundel County Office of Finance earned the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for its fiscal 2023 budget from the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) of the United States and Canada. The award is a significant achievement and reflects the County’s commitment to meeting the highest principles of governmental budgeting.   According to County Executive Steuart Pittman: This award is the highest form of recognition in governmental budgeting and it reaffirms what we already knew…

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FCC Releases Report on Preventing Digital Discrimination

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Communications Equity and Diversity Council (CEDC) released a report detailing recommendations and best practices that local governments can follow to prevent "digital discrimination" in broadband deployment and promote digital equity. This report aims to assist local governments and other entities in helping remove barriers to equal opportunity and deliver broadband services equitably to all Americans. MACo adopted "Build out Broadband" among its top legislative initiatives for 2021 and supported multiple…

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Washington County Hit With Thanksgiving Day Cyber Attack

Washington County is grappling with the effects of a Thanksgiving Day cyber incident that disrupted certain computer systems, the County’s website, and some County services. As a result, several services and websites remain unavailable. Washington County is working to restore services and investigating the incident with partners from the Maryland Department of Information Technology, Maryland Department of Emergency Management, and other specialists. According to Washington County: We continue working to restore County services that were…

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