Feds Have More Information About Russian Hacking They Could Tell Florida, U.S. Senator Confirms

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Reorganization at the National Governors Association ... States consider bills that limit vaccine exemptions … Fire department looks into ‘bike medics’ as new emergency response option.

FCC Announces $20 Billion Rural Broadband Fund

At a briefing with President Trump, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai also said the agency will move forward with a 5G wireless spectrum auction at the end of the year.

Poor Taxpayers in Rural Counties Most Likely to be Audited

New research finds that low-income taxpayers who receive the earned-income tax credit are more likely to be audited than wealthier Americans.

Trump's Budget Calls for Lower Medicaid Spending, New Infrastructure Money

The president's fiscal 2020 spending plan also renews calls for cutting popular grant programs.

Cities And Counties Unlikely To Heed FDA Warning On Importing Foreign Drugs

The localities use CanaRx to connect their workers with pharmacies in Canada and other places to fill prescriptions.

Counties Push for Sustainable Public Lands Payment Programs

Local and federal officials argue two funding streams they count on are part of a “social safety net” for primarily rural, Western jurisdictions.

Finding the Flaws in the Federal Broadband Maps

Frustrated with the FCC maps, the National Association of Counties and other federal agencies are looking to figure out which communities lack broadband access.

This Rural Priority Won Big in the Federal Spending Bill

Some infrastructure funding was included in the final legislation signed by President Trump last week.

Trump Short on Infrastructure Details in State of the Union

The president said it's time to deal with ‘crumbling infrastructure,’ but delivered no concrete ideas on how to invest.

Federal Agencies Ramp Up Classified Plans to Protect 2020 Elections

The departments of Justice and Homeland Security delivered their joint review of meddling during 2018 to the White House.

A Prolonged Shutdown Will Hit Counties With Tight Cash Flows Hardest

From wildfire prevention efforts to farm loans to mass transit, here are the latest potential casualties of a long-term funding hiatus.

Jails May Not Be Able to Hold Juveniles Pretrial Much Longer

Local governments would have three years to find space for youths elsewhere, space a recent UCLA Law School report argues already exists.

Farm Bill Expands Rural Broadband Funding

But some remain concerned that the money will not get to many places that need it to expand access.

FCC’s Mobile Coverage Maps Leave Industry, Lawmakers Worried for Rural America

$4.53 billion in federal funds are in limbo, while some are wondering if another $10 billion is needed to get Next Generation 9-1-1 off the ground in outlying areas.

Before States and Localities Can Respond to Disasters, FEMA Must Coordinate Advance Contracts Better

A new federal report report on 2017 advance contracts found the agency’s coordination on disaster response remains wanting.

Intergovernmental Commission Could Rise From The Dead

There's promise of a bipartisan bill that could restore the "ACIR."

Public Access Channels Threatened Under FCC Proposal, Advocates Say

Proponents, however, argue changes are needed because localities charge licensing fees at the expense of cable companies’ efforts to expand broadband access.