DoIT Secretary Leahy Named NASCIO President

This month, Maryland Department of Information Technology (DoIT) Secretary Michael G. Leahy was elected president of the National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO). Serving on the NASCIO Board of Directors for the past four years, Secretary Leahy had been the association’s vice president since October 2020, and in 2019 served as NASCIO secretary/treasurer. “As the cyber capital of America, the State of Maryland is pleased to provide valuable leadership and expertise to the…

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Building Out Broadband, Building Up Maryland at #MACoCon

Broadband is no longer a luxury but a necessity. COVID-19 has shown that school, work, and play have become areas that require a reliable connection to the internet. The State of Maryland has set a goal that 98% of residents will have access to a reliable broadband connection by the middle of the decade. The path to 98% connectivity is lined with significant challenges and opportunities for local governments. At the MACo Winter Conference session,…

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Baltimore County Launches Opioid Overdose Data Dashboard

This week, Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski announced a new data dashboard to provide detailed information about fatal and nonfatal opioid overdose incidents occurring in Baltimore County. The Opioid Overdose Data Dashboard, developed by the County’s BCSTAT team, displays fatal and nonfatal overdoses reported to the Baltimore County Police Department in Baltimore County from 2017 through September 2021. “Every opioid overdose death is the tragic loss of a loved one. We hope this latest dashboard…

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Baltimore County to Launch Online Permitting Platform

Baltimore County today announced the first phase of its transition from paper to online permit applications, in the latest effort to more efficiently and effectively serve residents. Beginning November 1, applicants for building, electrical, grading, plumbing, stormwater management, and other construction permits will submit applications and all related information online. The County will also use its online platform to schedule construction inspections. “We hold ourselves to the highest standards of customer service, and this is…

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NACo Webinar: Cyber Insurance

Join the National Association of Counties (NACo) for "Is Cyber Insurance Coverage Holding Local Government Ransom?" this Wednesday, October 20th, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM EST. Rising cyber liability insurance premiums and fewer insurance carriers have left counties facing difficulty acquiring and renewing coverage. Join the National Association of Counties (NACo) and industry experts from Risk Strategies, Inc., Eckert Seamans and county elected officials for a discussion on the evolving cyber liability insurance landscape and…

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MACo and Local Leaders Attend Maryland Municipal League Fall Conference

Local leaders from around Maryland took part in critical discussions as Maryland Municipal League's (MML) membership debated and adopted the League’s legislative agenda, participated in workshops, networked with peers, and made new connections at the 2021 MML Fall Conference. The conference was held October 10-12, 2021. According to MML's website: Fall Conference 2021 offered more than 16 different workshops, forums, and discussion sessions, including Academy core classes and several electives. Academy elective workshops addressed a…

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Cybersecurity Awareness Month – Resources for Counties

October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month, and after the past week of data breaches and shutdowns, now it is more important than ever to make sure you are being smart with your cyber. Each week of October has a set theme for you to capitalize on to educate others: Week 1: Be Cyber Smart Week 2: Fight the Phish! Week 3: Explore. Experience. Share. – Cybersecurity Career Awareness Week Week 4: Cybersecurity First Use the hashtag…

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ARPA Explained: A Recap of MACo’s 2021 Fall Symposium

On Wednesday, September 29, MACo held its 2021 Fall Symposium at the Blue Heron Center in Annapolis's Quiet Waters Park. Numerous county leaders, including several elected officials and local budget officers, traveled from across Maryland to discuss the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) with state officials and nonprofit representatives, as well as one another. The Rural Maryland Council also presented on the expansion of broadband in rural communities. The event was moderated by Chris Trumbauer, former…

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AG Releases Revised Public Information Act Guidance
Maryland Attorney General Brian E. Frosh (source: Maryland Manual Online)
AG Releases Revised Public Information Act Guidance

Yesterday, the Office of the Attorney General (OAG) released the 16th edition of its Maryland Public Information Act (MPIA) Manual. The release follows numerous legislative changes made during the 2021 Maryland General Assembly Session. According to the OAG's website, the Manual is intended as "[a] resource for both government officials seeking to meet their responsibilities under the Act and members of the press and public seeking access to information." In 2021, the Maryland Public Information Act…

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