March 24, 2017                                                                                       www.nacone.org   NACO E-Line Archive  

Upcoming Events

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Nebraska Weed Control Association Spring Training
- April 4-6, 2017
- Ramada Inn, Kearney
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Nebraska Emergency Management Association Annual Conference
-  April 5-7, 2017
- Ramada, Columbus
Registration

County Board of Equalization & Budget Workshop
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May 31, 2017
- Holiday Inn, Kearney

County Board Workshop
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June 1-2, 2017
- Holiday Inn, Kearney

Clerks of the District Court Summer Workshop
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June 7-8, 2017
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North Platte

Treasurers Workshop
- June 13-15, 2017
- South Sioux City

Highway Superintendents, Surveyors & Engineers Summer Workshop
- June 13-15, 2017
- Hotel Grand, Grand Island
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  Clerks, Register of Deeds & Election Commissioners Summer Workshop
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June 14-16, 2017
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Quality Inn, Grand Island

Assessors Workshop
- August 28-31, 2017
- Arbor Lodge, Nebraska City

   
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cbbandequalizationCounty Board Budget and Board of Equalization Workshop Planned
The 2017 County Board Budget and Board of Equalization Workshop has been scheduled for Wednesday, May 31st.  In an attempt to maximize travel savings for officials attending the County Board Workshop on June 1 and 2, the Budget and Equalization Workshop will be held the previous day at the same location.  Both events will be held at the Holiday Inn in Kearney.  The Budget and Board of Equalization Workshop will be held starting at 10:30 a.m. and adjourn at 4:00 p.m. on May 31.

There is a separate registration for each event.  The County Board Budget and Board of Equalization is one registration and the County Board Workshop is another registration if you plan to attend both events.

Larry Dix, NACO Executive Director and Deann Haeffner, Deputy State Auditor will fill the morning session with an introduction and will address the budgeting process, pitfalls to be aware of and how to properly monitor the budget against misuse.  The afternoon will be dedicated to the Board of Equalization process.  The first session will deal with the basics of assessment and valuation.  Ruth Sorensen, Nebraska's Property Tax Administrator will address the group and three Tax Equalization and Review Commissioners have been invited to share their insights and to answer questions of the audience.

The tentative agenda and registration will become available on the NACO webpage in the near future.

The Nebraska Transportation Providers and Managers Workshop will be held in Scottsbluff in June.  During their workshop they will hold an awards ceremony to honor transit managers and others who support public transit. 

The Nebraska Association of Transportation Providers ( NATP ) is seeking nominations from public officials for those awards until Monday, May 22nd by submitting this NATP Award Nomination Form.  The form can be submitted by mail to NATP at 521 First Street, Milford, Nebraska 68504 or by scanning and emailing to Tiffany Fougeron at tfougeron@youram.com or by faxing to 402-761-2224.
CCGrantsCrime Commission Grants Available
The Nebraska Crime Commission has announced the 2017 Victims of Crime Act Victims Assistance (VOCA) and State Victims Assistance (SA) Grant Program.  Applications for this program are due no later than April 25, 2017 by 5 p.m.  This funding is designated for projects providing free direct services to victims of crime.

2017 Victim Assistance Application Instructions
2017 Victim Assistance Continuation Programs Application
  • Programs funded through VOCA in FY 2015 or FY2016

2017 Victim Assistance New Programs Application 

  • Programs not funded through VOCA in FY 2016
 
IMPORTANT NOTE:  This funding period will be a 21 month period beginning October 1, 2017 and ending June 30, 2019.  VOCA will then be operated on the State of Nebraska Fiscal Year of July 1- June 30.  New this year is a MANDATORY Webinar that can either be viewed live OR on-line with the completion of a Certification of viewing.
 
Please refer to the attached instructions and the applicable grant application  for the estimated amounts of funding available and project details.  These documents are also available for download at http://www.ncc.nebraska.gov .   
 
A live Webinar to discuss the application and instructions was held from 10:00 a.m. to noon this morning to answer questions on this process.  The session was recorded and will be posted for viewing by those unable to participate.  Email kellie.rabenhorst@nebraska.gov to receive assistance with that posting after reading page 20 of the Application Instructions.

In addition, a Technical Assistance Conference Call is being offered to answer follow-up questions or to discuss project plans.  This call will be held on Wednesday, March 29, 2017 from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. (CST).

To access the conference calls take the following steps:
  • Dial the Conference Access Number: (888) 820-1398
  • Enter the Attendee Code:  3367588#
  • Attendee Quick Commands: #6 to Mute/Un Mute

If additional technical assistance is needed please contact Kellie Rabenhorst, VOCA Administrator at (402) 471-2266 or kellie.rabenhorst@nebraska.gov.  

 

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Common Phishing Attack and How to Protect Against Them

Phishing refers to attempts to make a sucker out of you. The phishers want to take your usernames, passwords, credit cards and money. They approach you through the Internet or telephone pretending to be a legitimate person or agency. It is a threat that has been around for a long time and is still being used because it works.

Phishers are criminals after your identity, along with all of the information and money that comes with it. So, they dangle bait, waiting for people to bite from home or business. No one is perfect so this threat is for everyone. Ways to help protect yourself and your organizations have two forms: installing state-of-the-art security on all devices and repeated training and understanding of what phishing is and how to avoid it.

First, we need to know what kind of attacks there are and how they are performed. Most common types are:

1.    Whaling: Targets the highest-level employees who handle finance and data decisions. Assuming business leaders aren't suckered by the common pitch, phishers prepare special approaches called harpoons.

2.    Harpooning/Spearfishing: Uses personal details secured from other business sources and social networks, so the email language appears unique to the individual and confidential. The email might also include the sort of attachment the recipient would be pressed to open, like a subpoena, contract or tax form.

3.    Fake phishers: Deceptive fishing by sending emails that present as a legitimate company, such as PayPal, MasterCard, Wal-Mart or others. Recipients are fooled into thinking the request for personal information is legitimate.

4.    Pharming: A malicious technology scheme to convert the Domain Name System (DNS) of websites into a numerical IP address which then redirects browsing users to a malicious location even if the victim entered the correct website search.

5.    Mimic phishing: Trusted sites like Dropbox, GoogleDocs or Outlook are imitated. Messages offer absolute duplicates of the sign-in screens for such sites and lure victims to enter their personal sign-in username and password.

6.    Nigerian: Schemes promise delivery of a big payoff if the victim makes an advance payment or fee to secure the grant.

7.    Banking: Scams and tax frauds announce a problem with banking or tax records and demands personal information to correct the problem.

Of course, there are more schemes. Some emails offer jobs, vacations, stocks and more in exchange for personal information. And, many of these attacks include attachments containing malware and viruses.

Now, how do you protect against these attacks? The main points to keep in mind are:

1.     Banks, tax authorities and trusted agencies never ask for personal information online.

2.     Email addresses of a sender must correspond to a legitimate business domain name.

3.     Never click any unverified link. For example, there's no need to click-through an email message if the actual website is available.

4.     Optimize your system. For example, put some effort into white and black listing your incoming emails by your customizing the system's filtering.

5.     Avoid URLs that begin with http:// rather than https://. Look for the lock icon in the URL line.

6.     Do not respond to emails demanding an "urgent" response. Call the source to verify their identity and proceed accordingly.

7.     Look for amateur work with poor language and spelling.

8.     Refuse to sign onto a site through Facebook or other social media access.

Cyber criminals are even sophisticated enough to attack certain days of the week at certain times of the day in certain seasons. Phishers will target any organization. And, if the organizations are vulnerable, customers lose faith, costing damage to their reputation.

It is also true that the phishers are more active and determined than their victims. They're at work identifying new targets and drawing up new schemes. As a result, it pays organization leaders to create a climate that invites employees to report even suspected scams.
 
codirectory2017-2018 Directory of County Officials
NACO's 2017-2018 Directory of County Officials is a valuable resource that not only gives you names, addresses, phone numbers, fax numbers and e-mail addresses of every county official in the state, but includes a listing of county board meeting days, NACO districts, county seats, NACO officers and directors, affiliate officers and NACO staff.  In January, county clerks for each county will receive one complimentary printed copy of the directory intended for use by all offices in their courthouse. 

The NACO Directory will also still be available in electronic format by selecting the "Directory of County Officials" icon on the NACO webpage.  The electronic version is updated on a regular basis and contains the changes that occur between printings of the hard copies.
 
A printed directory is available for $19.00 if non-taxable and $20.00 if taxable.

Countygovernementdaycd  County Government Day PowerPoint
The PowerPoint presentation is available electronically at no charge (sent via e-mail) for use by counties during their annual County Government Day. The PowerPoint provides a comprehensive look at county government functions in the State of Nebraska and can be customized by each county. CD's are also available for $10.00 each to cover processing, shipping and handling. To request the County Government Day PowerPoint electronically, please e-mail your request to larrydix@nacone.org .

The CD order form is available here.

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County_Board_Handbook_2012  2016 County Board  Handbook and Revision s
The 2016 County Board Handbook and related revisions are now available.

The cost for a current handbook, including legislative information from the 2016 session, is $80.00/book plus $18.00 shipping and handling per book. The 2016 Supplement to the County Board Handbook is available for $25.00 plus $5.00 shipping and handling. The order form is available on the NACO website or by clicking here.  If you are interested in purchasing a complete handbook or a supplement  please contact
Deb Eberly by email or call her at (402) 434-5660 ext. 232.
   
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NACoNews From NACo

Major Changes for Counties Under Trump Budget


Trump budget proposal eliminates CDBG, CSBG: funds opioid recovery services; increases water and wastewater infrastructure funding. 

To read the article in its entirety, click here.  

NACo Webinars

Naturally Resilient Communities: Rethinking Flood Protection through Nature-based Solutions

Apr. 5, 2017
 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm CDT 
Contact: Jack Morgan (202) 942-4274
NACo, along with 6 other key partners, have collaborated to develop the Naturally Resilient Communities online guide tool to promote the role that nature-based solutions can play in helping reduce flood risk for communities, while also providing other benefits such as improved water quality, enhanced recreational opportunities and wildlife habitats, and stronger, more resilient local economies. 

This educational webinar will walk attendees through this online tool and the specific solutions and community case studies it highlights. 

Attendees are encouraged to visit NRCSolutions.org in advance of and during the webinar.