Nebraska Association of County Officials

1335 H Street Lincoln, NE 68508

Phone: (402) 434-5660
Fax: (402) 434-5673
September 7, 2018 | www.nacone.org | NACO E-Line Archive
Caring For Our Courthouses Workshop
The second Caring For Our Courthouses Custodial Workshop is being planned for 2018. The workshop will be held in the Panhandle District this year. It will be held at the Knight Museum and Sandhills Center in Alliance on October 4. The luncheon keynote speaker will be Bonnie McDonald, Executive Director of Landmarks Illinois . She is from Chicago and has led the organization that has provided 47 years of advocacy for historic preservation and has for 25 years granted 9 Richard H. Driehaus preservation awards annually to people and organizations that save places throughout Illinois and show how restoration has a positive impact on communities, the environment and the people.

The format for this year's workshop will be the same as last year. One county board member and one person from the county custodial staff will be given first priority for registration.

To review the agenda, click here . Registration is available by clicking here .
A promotional video provided by Berggren Architects was created from the first workshop. It can be viewed above.
2018 Legislative Conference
Northeast NACO District
The 2018 NACO Legislative Conference will be held in the Northeast NACO district. It will be held at the Community Center in Atkinson, Nebraska on October 11. The one-day conference will begin with opening remarks from NACO Executive Director, Larry Dix and move into comments from Nebraska Senator Tom Briese of Albion. Tom Bergquist from the Nebraska Legislatures Fiscal Office will address the duties and requirements of that office until the noon luncheon.

In the afternoon, Larry Dix will begin with a discussion on how to select and present legislation to committees and the Unicameral. State Senator Joni Albrecht of Thurston will detail her legislative activities and address her goals for the 2019 Legislature.

After the afternoon break the attendees will designate and discuss issues of legislative priority and choose a platform for the NACO Board of Directors to vote on at the completion of the meeting. The final vote on the issues will specify the platform NACO will follow for the 2019 legislative year.

To review the agenda in printed form, click here . To register for the conference, click here .
Justice Assistance Grant Funding Available
FY 2018 JAG Nebraska Solicitation for LOCAL entities ONLY

The Nebraska Crime Commission has announced that the Fiscal Year 2018 Justice Assistance Grants are open for competitive solicitation at this time. The solicitation is open only to local entities and is a competitive grant process. All applications are due by October 17, 2018 (COB) CST.

The solicitation notice , the application document and the JAG Strategic Plan for 2016-2018 are available by going to the Nebraska Crime Commission website . Any questions, please contact Lisa Stamm , Grants Division Chief at the Nebraska Crime Commission by email or calling 402-471-3687.
Legislature Schedules
Interim Study Hearings
In preparation for the 2019 legislative session, the Legislature’s standing committees are beginning to schedule hearings on interim study resolutions. The resolutions are introduced during the session to examine new ideas for legislation and to dig deeper into issues raised by previously introduced bills. Public hearings are held on some of the priority issues selected by each legislative committee, including the topics that are of interest to counties. County officials are encouraged to attend the hearings and provide testimony. Unlike hearings during the legislative session, testifiers do not need to take a position in support or opposition to the issue, but are simply asked to provide input. Some of the hearings will be live-streamed through the Legislature's website.
 
The complete interim study schedule is available here or each month's hearings can be found on the Legislature's calendar .
MIPS Bytes
Protecting your computer from pop-up scams.

If you are on the web, there is always a possibility of fake messages popping up claiming that you have a virus and you need virus protection software or that you have a security problem. The pop-up will then ask you to click on a link to buy software or call a phone number for help. If the popups direct you to call a phone number to get live help to uninstall the virus; do not call, because when you call the number you may be asked to give your credit card information or accounts and passwords. They may also try to get you to give them remote access to your computer, so then they can install various types of malware. Some pop-ups may even say it is from Microsoft or Apple trying to scare you into calling the phone number on the screen. If you believe you have a valid problem, go to Microsoft or Apple’s website to get contact information. Never use the contact information or a link on the pop-up.
 
We need to be careful when handling an unexpected pop-up. If you suspect a problem with a pop-up, the best thing is to close the pop-up without clicking on anything on it. You can shut down your browser by doing the following. On a Windows system, press Ctrl + Alt + Delete and select to open your Task Manager. Find and select the web browser in the list of processes and click "End Task." If you use a Mac, press Command + Option + Q + Esc to "Force Quit."
 
There are signs of scareware and tech scams, for example:
  • Get ads that promise to
  • Delete viruses or spyware
  • Protect privacy
  • Improve computer function
  • Remove harmful files
  • Clean your registry
  • Get an alert about Malicious software
  • You may be invited to download free software for a security scan or to improve your system
  • A pop-up that claims your security software is out-of-date and your computer is in immediate danger
  • An unfamiliar website that claims to have performed a security scan and prompts you to download new software
  • Asking you to call Tech support where they ask to remote in or ask for accounts and passwords.

The moral of the story, never give out accounts and passwords. Don’t click on pop-ups unless you know that it is okay. If you need new software go directly to their web site. The best defense is to have virus protection software loaded and make sure that it is up to date. It is also good to have a software program that removes malware, spyware and detects malware in real-time.
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 .
News from NACo
Last Call: Enroll in NACo's

Thanks to your leadership, county professionals from nearly 100 counties have enrolled in NACo's new High Performance Leadership Academy , the 12-week online program to enable front-line county staff to achieve their fullest potential and become more effective leaders.
 
This is the last call to enroll participants in the inaugural cohorts beginning on September 17.
 
Anyone who completes this form will be contacted for enrollment or to discuss the program. Please submit nominees as soon as possible so that we can optimize the cohorts for our charter session.
 
The enrollment form includes information about the program, and here are some highlights that help convey how impactful this program has been to previous participants across the private, public and non-profit sectors:
This high-impact program is financially accessible thanks to NACo's scholarship program. The course costs $495 to each NACo member county's first enrollee, and $1,495 thereafter.
 
Unable to participate in the September 17 cohorts? We will be offering the course again beginning in January 2019.
 
Join us in strengthening counties' front-line leaders and driving success at a local level.
NACo Webinars
New Funding Opportunities for Counties to Strengthen Early Care and Learning Programs
September 19, 2018
1:00 pm – 2:30 pm CDT
Contact: Eryn Hurley
(202) 942-4204

Earlier this year, Congress passed and the president signed the Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 omnibus bill which included the largest ever increase for the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG), the nation’s largest federal child care assistance program. In addition to CCDBG’s increase in funding, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently announced a new funding opportunity for states and localities – the Preschool Development Grant (PDG) – which help states and localities develop a mixed delivery system to serve children from birth through age five, and their families. Counties provide essential services to families with young children, but many localities struggle with insufficient funding. With the introduction of these new funding opportunities, it is critical to understand how counties can engage these new resources to maximize outcomes for children and their families.

Join us for a webinar to hear from the HHS’ Administration for Children and Families’ (ACF) Office of Child Care about these new resources and how counties can work with their state to gain access to these dollars to support their residents.
Central District Meeting
Ramada Inn, Kearney
September 20, 2018
Northeast District Meeting
Benedictine Center, Schuyler
September 21, 2018
Panhandle District Meeting
Prairie Winds Community Center, Bridgeport
September 26, 2018
West Central District Meeting
Sandhills Convention Center & Quality Inn & Suites, North Platte
September 27, 2018
Caring For Courthouses Custodial Workshop
Knight Museum, Alliance
October 4, 2018
NACO Legislative Conference
Community Center
Ainsworth
October 11, 2018
Southeast District Meeting
Career Academy
Lincoln
October 15, 2018
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Nebraska Association of County Officials
1335 H Street Lincoln, NE 68508
Phone: (402) 434-5660
Fax: (402) 434-5673
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