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North Dakota hires state's first 'chief reinvention officer'

by Colin Wood

Providing a customer experience like what’s offered by Amazon has become a holy grail for many government IT leaders in recent years, and with North Dakota’s newest hire on Thursday, the state is drawing a direct line to that mission. North Dakota’s chief information officer, Shawn Riley, announced a new position called the chief reinvention officer, or CRO, that will be filled on August 20 by Julie Cabinaw, a private…

How one Virginia county benefited by moving data to the cloud

by WorkScoop Staff

Fairfax County benefits from improved operational intelligence and cost savings from a reduced data center footprint, a new report says.

Deborah Acosta wants to show Silicon Valley how women run things

by Benjamin Freed

Deborah Acosta knew making San Leandro, California, stand out among other San Francisco Bay Area communities would be a challenge when she became its chief innovation officer in 2013. The city of about 90,000, just south of Oakland and across the water from ritzy Silicon Valley cities like YouTube home San Bruno, was still trying to move on from its past as a decaying manufacturing hub and poster child for the restrictive covenants…

Wyoming governor orders state IT to consider local companies first

by Jason Shueh

In an executive order, Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead has directed the state to consider local tech companies when purchasing IT services and products. Mead signed the order on Jan. 26 to incentivize tech companies to relocate to the state and to foster job growth. The governor’s actions were prompted by recommendations made last December from the state’s economic development task force.  Mead said that the state spends roughly $100 million on…

With open source pivot, government is poised to innovate business practices

by StateScoop Staff

The use of open source technology is not new in state and local government, but the potential to dramatically change the way agencies operate could bring the concept new life. With an ever-increasing demand for better services coming from citizens, state and local government agencies are finding a need to change the way they operate internally in order to move toward creating a more seamless experience of working with technology.…

Missouri creates rural broadband manager role to spearhead connectivity programs

by Jason Shueh

Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens is searching for a rural broadband manager to increase broadband access through collaboration between the private sector and government. Greitens announced the new position Tuesday that will be supported by the state’s economic development and agriculture departments. The broadband manager’s primary duties will be to support the Office of Rural Broadband’s various broadband expansion initiatives while monitoring and lobbying the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and the Missouri…

As New Jersey welcomes a new governor, CTO David Weinstein resigns

by Colin Wood

The young technology leader says it's time for him to step aside and let the new administration take control of the state's important work in IT.

Virginia governor-elect will disband technology secretary role

by Colin Wood

In addition to upcoming changes to Virginia state government’s technology leadership, Gov.-elect Ralph Northam has also announced a reorganization of the state’s technology offices. While Northam, who will be sworn in on Saturday, has not yet named the technology leaders who will serve his administration, his camp announced plans Tuesday to disband the technology office now led by Secretary of Technology Karen Jackson. Technology oversight and operations will instead be moved under…

As Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe passes the torch, his technology Cabinet looks back

by Colin Wood

On Saturday, Gov.-elect Ralph Northam will be sworn in as Virginia’s new leader, replacing Terry McAuliffe and bringing a new Cabinet with him. And while the incoming Democrat has telegraphed his intention to continue the commonwealth’s efforts on technology workforce development, education, economic development, data analytics and autonomous systems, the transition marks the end of a short but influential pro-technology reign under McAuliffe. Northam hasn’t yet named his secretary of…

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