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Updated COVID-19 Coverage

At-home COVID-testing coverage Effective January 15, 2022, purchases of at-home COVID-19 test kits will be eligible for reimbursement. Per federal regulation, members are limited to eight at-home COVID-19 kits per month, per person. Beginning January 19, the federal government is making at-home tests available to the public at no-cost. You can order four (4) free COVID-19

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State Government Offers Internships to College-Age Qualifiers

by the Magnolia Reporter January 17, 2022 The application period is open for interested college-aged students to apply for the Arkansas Public Service Internship Program (MyARInternship). The Department of Transformation and Shared Services (TSS) launched the program in the summer of 2021 to provide opportunities to learn about state government. TSS and other state executive-branch

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4 Arkansas Counties to Lose Justice of the Peace Seats Over Population Loss

By Stephen Simpson, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette January 16, 2022 Four Arkansas counties will lose a total of eight justice of the peace positions beginning in 2023 because of a state law that bases the number of a county’s quorum court members on the county’s population. Shelby Johnson, geographic information officer for the Arkansas Geographic Information Systems

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Governor Floats $194M Budget Rise for Fiscal ’23

by Michael R. Wickline, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette January 15, 2022 Arkansas Gov. As a Hutchinson on Tuesday proposed a $194.6 million increase in the state’s general revenue budget to $6.04 billion in the fiscal year starting July 1, with most of the increase for public schools and human services programs. The Republican governor said his proposed

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2022 Arkansas Public Service Internship Applications Now Open

January 13, 2022 Little Rock, AR – The application period is now open for interested college-aged students to apply for the Arkansas Public Service Internship Program (MyARInternship). The Department of Transformation and Shared Services (TSS) launched the program in the summer of 2021 to provide opportunities to learn about state government. TSS and other state executive-branch departments will

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The 4 C’s: Saving Money and Energy

Written by Annie Perkins In a day where worldwide energy consumption is at an all-time high, the State of Arkansas is doing its part to become more energy responsible. The Department of Transformation and Shared Services (TSS) Division of Building Authority (DBA) maintains and operates a portfolio of over 1.4 million square feet in central

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Towns in Delta Losing People, Hope for Change

December 26, 2021 The Central and Northwest metropolitan areas of Arkansas have grown in population over the past decade, but towns in the Delta — with the exception of Jonesboro — lost people in large numbers, according to data from multiple agencies. Kenneth Crosskno, a farmer from Mississippi County who has lived just a few

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Arkansas Governor Issues Executive Orders on Infrastructure, Energy, Audits

by Michael R. Wickline, NWA Democrat-Gazette December 21, 2021 Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Monday signed an executive order creating a 14-member Governor’s Infrastructure Planning Advisory Committee to recommend the best uses of federal funds under the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act signed into law by President Joe Biden last month. It was one of three executive

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TSS 3rd Annual Holiday Celebration

Written by Brooke Hollowoa December 17, 2021 Well, well, well, (or should we say Ho, Ho, Ho?), it’s that time again! Time for the Department of Transformation and Shared Services (TSS) family to come together and celebrate the holiday season and the end of 2021. When TSS became a department in 2019, Secretary Fecher had

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