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MICHAEL J. KEEGAN | May 26, 2021
Founded in 1854, Leavenworth was the first incorporated city in Kansas. Situated on the west bank of the Missouri River, Leavenworth currently has a population of approximately 35,500.
Article | April 7, 2020
As humans, we naturally resist big change. At the same time, we intuitively know the importance of having to adapt when things aren’t going well. At first, we try to troubleshoot the problem and implement new ways of doing a task that maybe takes longer than it should or has more checkpoints than it needs. The next step in resistance is blame. If things aren’t working the way you want, it’s got to be the way your organisation is set up or your processes don’t make sense – something we can point to for blame. Eventually we come this inevitable conclusion: the technology is old, outdated, and meant for the green screen life that the world definitely doesn’t live in anymore. Ding ding ding! Legacy technology systems bog down processes. These systems cannot integrate with the advanced technology like web portals or chatbots. And they most certainly do NOT make your life easier.
This week has been filled with updates on the progress of Coronavirus (COVID-19) moving across the globe. Predictions of the severity of the disease’s impact have sent financial markets spinning, causing widespread stockpiling of food and essentials, and sent America’s workforce home to quell the spread of disease. Businesses everywhere are trying to stay afloat while ensuring that employees also have the necessary resources. Meanwhile, Congress continues to work on economic stimulus measures, several of which passed and were signed in to law yesterday. These laws will directly and immediately impact businesses, their employee benefit plans, and regulatory compliance obligations. New requirements addressing COVID-19 include paid leave, mandated testing and treatment, and refundable tax credits that finance these benefits. President Trump signed the Family First Coronavirus Response Act (“FFCRA”) into law on March 18, 2020, and more legislation is being proposed. Below is a summary of the changes through March 20th that have important tax and employee benefits implications.
The 21st Century Integrated Digital Experience Act (IDEA) recently celebrated its one year anniversary. The goal of the legislation is to improve the way citizens interact with the federal government. The ability to provide a modern digital experience to citizens and employees is now a basic expectation for all federal chief information officers (CIOs). Today, trust in institutions is at an all-time low, setting the stakes for successful digital transformations at an all-time high. Whether the website visitor is a farmer, veteran, educator or senior citizen, the digital experience significantly impacts how they think about the federal government.
With state and local governments beset by a precipitous rise in cyberattacks, new federal legislation might provide some necessary cover where needed. The State and Local Cybersecurity Improvement Act would create a grant program worth $400 million to finance cybersecurity efforts in communities across the country, according to a release. Eligible communities would be able to apply for funds, provided through the Department of Homeland Security, which would be allocated to assist in areas like vulnerability scanning and testing, cyberworkforce development and intelligence sharing, according to the bill text.
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