December 3, 2014


Senate Explores Outsourcing Security Services. In a break from its current in-house service delivery model, the United States Senate might use managed security services providers for some of its core cyber security support requirements. Some of the support functions being considered as candidates for outsourcing to a third party include network security monitoring, threat analysis, incident reporting, vulnerability analysis, and security engineering and research. InformationWeek

TX: Trinity Parkway emerges yet again as Dallas’ top controversy. They call Trinity Parkway the “zombie toll road” for a reason. The $1.5 billion road planned to run within the Trinity River levees has been in development for 16 years. But it’s never managed to come to life — or completely die. And now, more than seven years after Dallas voters last signaled approval of the project, it’s emerged as one of the city’s most contentious issues once again. Dallas Morning News

MD: Rally Cry: “Don’t Privatize the City’s Water System!” On Monday afternoon, Dec. 1, 2014, a rally was held in front of Baltimore’s City Hall. Social Justice activists raised their concerns about their strong suspicions that the city plans to privatize the municipality’s water system. The Mayor has publicly denied the charge, but few believe her. Immediately after the rally, activists attended a City Council meeting to express their fears.

LA: La. Medicaid spending up $900 million since ’12. Medicaid expenditures have increased by more than $900 million since 2012 amid the move to privatization, according to a legislative auditor’s report. The Advocate

NY: Charter school fight heads to NY Capitol. After a bruising battle last month for control of the state Senate, supporters and detractors of charter schools are ramping up their lobbying in advance of the state Legislature’s return to the Capitol. Elmira Star-Gazette

NY: Charter school won’t open after lies discovered. Greater Works Charter School will no longer open in Rochester in 2015, part of the continuing fallout over lies in the resume of its 22-year-old founder. Rochester Democrat and Chronicle