Source: Washington Post | Maryland |
October 17, 2012
A voting rights group and some of the nation’s leading researchers on election technology are urging Maryland voters to check the accuracy of their online voter registration files after warning that the data had been left vulnerable to tampering.
The resistance is forcing state and local governments that have embraced wind, with strong Obama administration backing, to pay closer attention to where wind farms are located and how they impact surroundings.
The state of Illinois received a $1 million federal grant to help emergency personnel and local officials respond and plan for computer-based attacks. The training program will be duplicated across the country.
The new organization will help state leaders create policy to protect infrastructure such as data and communication systems, financial records, banking systems, water systems, electrical grids and energy companies.
Nationally, six straight years of revenue declines have put enormous pressure on state and local governments, nevertheless, some are thriving. Standard & Poor's, the credit-rating agency, reports that it issued more bond upgrades than downgrades in 2012.
The Medicaid expansion and the Affordable Care Act are in full swing. With the influx of people who will be applying for benefits and the ACA requirement for online enrollment, it is more important than ever to verify the identities of those accessing benefits up front.