Prince George’s to Use Telehealth to Connect Students to Healthcare

Prince George's County Public Schools has successfully partnered with the nation's largest pediatric telehealth provider to bring virtual care to public school students. Starting in October, Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS) will start offering virtual telehealth resources to public school students in an effort to close healthcare gaps and make care more accessible. PGCPS recently enacted an agreement with Hazel — the nation’s largest pediatric telehealth provider. The partnership will offer "students county-wide free access…

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Feds Launch First State and Local Cybersecurity Grant Program

The $1 billion in funding will be available over four years to help state and local governments become more resilient to cyber threats. Last week the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced a first-of-its-kind cybersecurity grant program specifically for state, local, and territorial (SLT) governments across the country. This State and Local Cybersecurity Grant Program provides $1 billion in funding to SLT partners over four years, with $185 million available for FY22, to support SLT…

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FCC Invites States, Local Governments to Verify Revamped Broadband Maps

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) last week announced data specifications for state and local governments to file “bulk challenges” to broadband availability data the FCC is collecting under the Broadband Data Collection (BDC) process. Counties have an opportunity to ensure the new maps are as accurate as possible, which will result in historic investments in our nation’s broadband infrastructure and enhance connectivity for all residents. As previously reported on Conduit Street, the FCC’s new data…

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$1B in Federal Cybersecurity Grants Soon Available for Counties and Schools

The federal government will issue State and Local Cybersecurity Grants totaling $1 billion over four years for states to distribute to local governments and school systems. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will begin issuing the first-ever cybersecurity grant program designed for state, local and territorial governments and will distribute $1 billion directly to states over the next four years. The cybersecurity grant funding is available through the State and Local Cybersecurity Grant Program and was established…

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Does Artificial Intelligence Have a Place in Hiring?

Experts express caution over the growing use of automated technology and artificial intelligence for job and candidate screening and hiring processes. MACo tackled the issue at the 2022 Summer Conference. Experts at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and the Department of Labor's (DOL) Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFFCCP) are warning about the potential for automated technology, like artificial intelligence (AI), used in the workplace for hiring and human resource functions to accelerate discrimination.…

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Baltimore City Invests in Digital Services and Data-Driven Agency Performance

Baltimore City announced the use of ARPA funds to help drive new investments Digital Services and Data-Driven Agency Performance.  Yesterday Mayor Brandon Scott announced $3.2 million of the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) allocated from the Mayor’s Office of Recovery Programs (MORP) towards modernizing City government and improving City service performance and equity. Two new programs in the Mayor’s Office – Baltimore Digital and the City Performance Team – will bring innovative approaches and best…

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Broadband Mapping Update from NACo

Join the National Association of Counties (NACo) for an update on the Federal Communications Commission's broadband mapping effort on September 23, 2–3 PM EST. NACo staff and the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) Broadband Data Task Force (BDTF) will give an overview of the ongoing Broadband Data Collection process, which will be used to create an updated national broadband availability map. The forthcoming broadband availability maps will be instrumental in determining the flow of funds for…

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Where’s All the Federal Broadband Money?

The federal government is making historic investments to bridge the digital divide but still cannot pinpoint where broadband is and isn't available. Nearly ten months after Congress passed the $1 billion Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, the federal government has yet to allocate any of the $42.5 billion in funding the legislation set aside for expanding broadband service in underserved communities. Under the law, the US Department of Commerce cannot release those funds until the Federal Communications…

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Top Trends Counties Need to Know – GIS

Join the National Association of Counties (NACo) for a webinar on “Top Trends Counties Need to Know About GIS,” on September 14, 2–3 PM EST. Geographic information system (GIS) technology found its way into our living rooms through county briefings and dashboards during the COVID-19 pandemic. This spotlight resulted in a massive expansion of GIS use for economic recovery, increased transparency, vaccine distribution, addressing equity, broadband development, safer streets, parks and recreation management, civic engagement,…

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Stephen Pereira Appointed Calvert’s Director of Technology Services

The Calvert County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) has appointed Stephen Pereira as the county government director of the Department of Technology Services.  Over his 21-year career, Pereira has overseen and implemented business technology change in the government and private sectors. In his previous role as deputy director for Technology Services, he was responsible for technology budgets and contracts, records management, and implementing new information technology policies, standards and training within Calvert County Government. Pereira…

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