Utah’s Intergenerational Poverty has been named a finalist in the 2019 NASCIO State IT Recognition Awards. The award nominations showcase the use of information technology to address critical business problems, more easily connect citizens to their government, improve business processes and create new opportunities that improve the lives of citizens. See more info here.
Since 2012, Utah has utilized research and data to embark on a strategic campaign to ensure that the state is the national leader in promoting the well-being of children experiencing intergenerational poverty.
Over the past six years, the state has made progress addressing intergenerational poverty by creating a collaborative environment to solve this complex issue. It continues to leverage its success in reducing income inequality and moving people out of poverty to ensure families experiencing intergenerational poverty participate in the state’s economic gains.
The Intergenerational Poverty Initiative is a cross-agency collaborative effort involving the departments of Workforce Services, Human Services, Health, Board of Education, and Juvenile Courts. A recent study from the Annie E. Casey Foundation credits Utah with doing more than any other state in the nation to reduce its child poverty rate since 2010. Sixteen percent of Utah kids were living below the federal poverty line then compared to 11 percent now.
In support of the initiative, Utah has created new websites, APIs, social media feeds, and integrated data systems. The IGP is exemplary for demonstrating how Utah agencies work together to find shared solutions to benefit the state and its people.
The DTS Rate Committee met in September and approved the proposed FY2021 rates. You can see the rate sheet here. The rates will now be passed to GOMB for their review and approval. During the 2020 Legislative General Session, the Utah Legislature will review and approve the final FY2021 rates.
A few of the major rate changes for the upcoming year include:
- Application Development
- System Administration
- Adobe Unlimited
- SaaS Services
State employees can see more information here.
You can view the Data Security Management Council 2019 Annual Report here. The Council is comprised of IT professionals from many different government entities within the state. The Council meets regularly to review existing state government data security policies, assess ongoing risks to state government information technology, create a method to notify state and local government entities of new risks, coordinate data breach simulation exercises with state and local government entities, and develop data security best practice recommendations for state government.
In 2019, the council studied several topics in detail, such as election security, tools for monitoring, federal partnerships, incident response, and intelligence sharing. The council reviewed Security Assessment processes and recommendations. In addition, the Council joined the Cyber Center, which provides all government entities the necessary resources to identify risks, remediate incidents, and communicate effectively. The Cyber Center provides a single point of contact for assistance with cyber security.