Monday Memo | July 20

  • Published: July 20, 2020
  • FROM 2 NORTH JACKSON STREET

    Remarks from ACCA Executive Director Sonny Brasfield

    It’s about time to return to “normal” on our Rebuild Alabama obligations and opportunities. Counties should currently be working on their contractor report for the past year and preparing to adopt a new Rebuild Alabama work plan for fiscal year 2021. The ATRIP-II Committee will meet in 10 days, and shortly thereafter, it’ll be time to submit applications for this important program. With all the turmoil swirling around the state, it’s nice to be reminded we have wonderful opportunities to make a positive difference — if we stay on course.


    ASSOCIATION ANNOUNCEMENTS

    This week’s need-to-know information from ACCA

    ACCA COVID-19 webinar to take place next Monday

    The Association will conduct a COVID-19 webinar next week on Monday, July 27, at 3 p.m. Discussion items for the webinar will tentatively include record retention requirements for federal COVID-19 funds, county government implications of the statewide mask order, Rebuild Alabama tasks remaining in 2020, reorganization of the ACCA coronavirus webpage, county ‘to-dos’ for the 92nd Convention and a recap of the NACo 2020 Business Meeting. To join us for next week’s webinar, be sure to register here.

    August 6 is deadline to run for ACCA Board seat

    Time is running out to submit your personal nomination to serve as a member of the 2020-2021 ACCA Board of Directors! The Board includes a representative from each of the Association’s 12 established districts across the state, and district representatives will be voted upon and announced during the August 20 ONE Voice Session of the ACCA 92nd Convention. To learn about the Board’s impact on Alabama county government and to access a nomination form, click here. Completed nomination forms should be submitted to Policy and Member Services Assistant Lisa Fiore no later than 4:30 p.m. on August 6

    NACo 2020 elections to be conducted today at 1 p.m. CDT

    The National Association of Counties (NACo) will conduct its 2020 elections today, July 20, during a virtual business meeting scheduled for 1 p.m. CDT. For your county to participate in these elections, remember to (1) register for the virtual membership meeting; (2) specify during the registration process the county delegate who will cast the county’s votes during the meeting; and (3) ensure the county voting delegate participates in today’s live meeting.

    Costly ransomware attacks impact every level of government

    With each passing day, ACCA continues to hear about more ransomware attacks on public entities, including some Alabama counties. In fact, public entities are listed as having experienced the second highest number of attacks during the third quarter of 2019, according to Coveware Inc. These attacks are costly for entities in regard to remediation and ransom payment expenses, as well as the need to shut down entity operations to recover and restore data after an attack. The average ransom paid during the 2019 third quarter was more than $41,000, while the average recovery downtime was 12.1 days. It is also worth noting that even if an entity pays a ransom, it is neither guaranteed all data will be recovered nor that files and servers were not damaged during the attack. To learn more about the rise in and impact of ransomware attacks, click here. For any cybersecurity-related questions, contact Director of Insurance Services Henry van Arcken.

    AJTA Corrections Law course to be held July 22-23

    The Alabama Jail Training Academy (AJTA) will resume its scheduled 2020 curriculum this week with a Corrections Law course set for July 22-23 at the Marriott Prattville Hotel and Conference Center. Over the two-day course, increased safety measures and guidelines will be practiced and enforced, including utilization of facial coverings, reduced seating for increased social distancing, and temperature checks. Registrants are encouraged to stay home if they are or begin experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms or come in contact with an individual positive for the virus. For questions related to the upcoming course, contact CRS Member Services Coordinator Marcia Collier.


    KEY DATES

    This week’s important ACCA-related events, trainings, deadlines, etc.

    Monday, July 20, 1 p.m.

    NACo Business Meeting

    Wednesday, July 22 – Thursday, July 23

    AJTA: Corrections Law