State Cybersecurity Aid Gets Boost from $1.7 Trillion Omnibus Bill

President Joe Biden signed the $1.7 trillion omnibus government spending package on December 29, according to FedScoop; the “spending package includes $1.3 billion for CISA’s cybersecurity programs, which represents a year-on-year increase of $230 million.” The bill, according to StateScoop, provides significant cyber aid to states.

Courts Not Mandated to Defer to State Agency Interpretations

The Supreme Court of Ohio on December 29 rejected the idea that state courts must defer to state agency interpretations of the law, according to Court News Ohio. The court clarified their position in a case dealing with the licensing of engineering firms. The court announced: “we reaffirm today that it is the role of the judiciary, not administrative agencies, to make the ultimate determination about what the law means. Thus, the judicial branch is never required to defer to an agency’s interpretation of the law.”

Gov Tech Stayed Agile in 2022

A review of the headlines of 2022 showed government IT stayed flexible post COVID, according to Government Technology in December. Issues faced by governments included the continued shift to remote work, along with ongoing cybersecurity threats and a focus on modernization. Headlines in the review, included federal funds, going to the cloud and broadband.

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