The telework rush tested states' cybersecurity, IT maturity
States that had already adopted virtualization and cloud tech are faring best, and those that hadn't are rapidly catching up.
Slow internet, poor preparation plague local governments amid pandemic
Local government IT leaders say they're facing a raft of issues as they work remotely, which they expect to continue managing for many months more.
Two historically black universities in Virginia to get $3.5M for STEM
The funding expands the UTeach program, currently at 45 universities nationwide, to train new teachers with STEM degrees.
Amazon HQ2 deal propels computer science education in Virginia
Responding to growing demand for technical talent in Northern Virginia, Gov. Ralph Northam has announced agreements with 11 universities.
Virginia launches state's first digital professional licensing system
More than 300,000 licensed workers can now update their professional licenses using a mobile app, instead of waiting for a paper certificate in the mail.
Virginia forms STEM education commission to tackle workforce issues
The new advisory body will seek opportunities for public-private partnership and improve educational access across demographic groups.
A Virginia agency built an escape room for cybersecurity training
No government agency wants its employees to fall for a phishing scam, but the Virginia State Corporation Commission, which holds Social Security numbers, credit card numbers and industrial trade secrets in its data banks, really doesn’t want its employees to fall for one. So to ensure its staff are fully mentally engaged in their mandatory cybersecurity training, the VSCC recently borrowed from a recreational trend and built an escape room.…
Virginia signs Unisys for $242 million data center contract
The Virginia Information Technologies Agency announced Wednesday it has awarded a six-year $242.4 million contract to Unisys to manage its server, storage and data center services. The contract joins five others already signed by the state and other vendors as part of its new services model that allows a variety of shorter contracts from different suppliers, rather than the single IT contract the state has held with Northrop Grumman since…
New bill would protect federal telework from ‘rollback’
House Democrats Gerry Connolly and John Sarbanes want to save federal telework. The two introduced a new bill — the Telework Metrics and Cost Savings Act — to the House on Thursday in a bid to require that agencies continue to support expanded teleworking opportunities moving forward. The bill is a direct response to new policies