DHS Preps Extra Cyber Support for States with Close Midterm Races

The tightness of an election is just one factor to guide where the Homeland Security Department will field its Election Day cybersecurity teams.

Election Day Security Chat Room Will Be Open to More Than 3,000 County-Level Officials

The chat room will operate on an unclassified level and invite participation from across U.S. counties, a federal official said.

Congress, More Than a Dozen States Consider Legislation to Expand Broadband Access

Most efforts aimed at increasing spending, streamlining regulations.

Senators, Providers Criticize ‘Unpredictable’ FCC Funding for Rural Broadband

“Cutting [Universal Service Fund] support cuts the legs out of the business case for rural broadband in many places,” said one telecom CEO.

On the Front Lines of Wildfires, Counties Fear Waning Funding

COMMENTARY | County officials say that "payments in lieu of taxes" are necessary for providing key services, including fighting wildfires.

Emerging Plan Would Rework Payments for Forest Counties

Two senators are working on a proposal meant to get local governments in logging country off a funding "rollercoaster."

What to Include in a National Framework for Self-Driving Vehicles

State and local officials had some ideas for Congress at a Wednesday hearing on Capitol Hill.

More Counties Join PILT Class-Action Lawsuit Against the Feds

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Fact-checking Trump’s claims on Calif. wildfires … a big N.M. groundwater ruling … and Detroit’s dismal rental inspection compliance.

Federal Election Security Help Still Needed Ahead of Midterms

One state and one local official told a congressional committee that smaller jurisdictions require additional federal technical assistance for priority upgrades to voting equipment and security.

Plenty for Local Leaders to Consider as Opportunity Zones Ramp Up

National Association of Counties members are told now is the time to get involved in attracting investment.

$380 Million of Election Assistance Money Only Goes So Far

An official with the U.S. Election Assistance Commission on Friday acknowledged some of the limits to what the funding can achieve.

Watchdog Projects Ongoing Drop in Share of Federal Spending on Kids

The Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget released its estimates as the nation's debt and deficits are on the rise.

Funding Steady for Environment, Interior Programs in Senate Bill

The draft legislation covers programs that help fund water infrastructure, and that provide payments to rural counties.

This Florida County Will Use Drones for Mosquito Control

Lee County is one of 10 government entities participating in a federal drone pilot program, but will be the only one to deploy the technology for pest control.

What the House Water Resources Development Bill Leaves Out

Water and sewer utility provisions found in the Senate version of the legislation aren't included in the House draft.

There's Fresh Interest in Reviving an Old Intergovernmental Commission

A U.S. House task force is looking at the possibility of a 2.0 version of the Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations.

Trump's Infrastructure Plan 'Not Dead,' GOP Senator Says

"We're very actively working on it," said Sen. Jim Inhofe, who chairs a public works subcommittee.

Tension Bubbles Up Over Water Infrastructure Bill in Senate

The prospect of making changes to federally-backed drinking water and sewer lending programs is proving to be controversial.