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The North Carolina Board of Science, Technology, and Innovation announced it awarded 117 grants – worth a total of $4.95 million – to 101 North Carolina small businesses to advance innovative, next-generation technologies through the One North Carolina Small Business Program.

The Department of Labor’s (DoL) Office of Inspector General (OIG) determined that the agency – along with state workforce agencies – has paid more than $45 billion in unemployment insurance (UI) pandemic benefits to fraudsters, according to an alert memorandum published on Sept. 21.

The U.S. Department of Energy (DoE) announced on Aug. 30 that the agency is soliciting input on its plans to provide $2.5 billion of grant money for electric grid resilience, and $3 billion in grant funding for electric power “smart grid” projects.

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), has awarded almost $90 million to nearly 1,400 community health centers across the county to improve their data collection and reporting efforts.

The Virginia Information Technologies Agency (VITA) has announced the completion of a project that moved the Commonwealth of Virginia’s enterprise data center from a traditional site to a modernized, cloud-ready platform.

Russ Nichols, the deputy state chief information officer (CIO) and deputy director of the California Department of Technology (CDT), plans to retire in early November, a department spokesperson told MeriTalk State & Local.

Dan Wolf, the Virginia Information Technologies Agency’s (VITA) first-ever chief administrative officer, announced he stepped down from his post last week – July 22 was his last day.

A group 10 of state attorneys general (AG) wrote a letter to Congress encouraging the legislators to set a Federal floor for critical privacy rights— and not a ceiling— while respecting important work already done by states to provide strong privacy protections for their residents.

Conceal carry weapon holders of California had their personal information leaked online by what was thought to be an update to the state’s firearms data dashboard that would provide and encourage transparency and data-sharing.

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