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Tennessee CIO says citizen services mobile app will be ready in early 2019

by Benjamin Freed

Some time in early 2019, Tennessee residents will be able to renew their driver’s licenses or apply for professional certifications simply by pulling their phones from their pockets and opening the state’s new mobile app. That was the prediction made Tuesday by the state’s chief information officer, Stephanie Dedmon, during a presentation on the app at the annual conference of the National Association of State Chief Information Officers in San…

North Dakota tackles cybersecurity workforce shortage with K-12 partnership

by Colin Wood

A division of North Dakota’s statewide technology agency has announced a new partnership that will bring cybersecurity teaching educational materials to educators throughout the state. Formed late last month, the partnership between the North Dakota Information Technology Department’s EduCause office and the National Integrated Cyber Education Research Center is the first of its kind. While the national program funded by the Department of Homeland Security has worked with teachers on a…

Virginia signs Unisys for $242 million data center contract

by Jackson Barnett

The Virginia Information Technologies Agency announced Wednesday it has awarded a six-year $242.4 million contract to Unisys to manage its server, storage and data center services. The contract joins five others already signed by the state and other vendors as part of its new services model that allows a variety of shorter contracts from different suppliers, rather than the single IT contract the state has held with Northrop Grumman since…

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 to reduce IT friction and better serve first responders

by StateScoop Staff

For police, fire and other emergency management personnel, IT and communications systems need to work fast, be interoperable and free of IT friction. The most urgent IT needs facing public safety officials today include streamlining data access, increasing productivity of the workforce and improving access and connectivity for first responders, according to state and local officials in a new report. Produced by StateScoop and underwritten by VMware, the report profiles…

Minnesota's new Cyber Range is like a 'flight simulator for cyberattacks'

by Mark Satter

Minnesota’s Metropolitan State University opened its new MN Cyber Range this month, offering cybersecurity certifications and a first-of-its-kind system in the state described as “a flight simulator for cyber attacks.” The cyber range, which officially opened on May 16, is located on the Metropolitan State University’s campus in St. Paul, and is the result of a public-private partnership between the university, the Minnesota State IT Center of Excellence, and Israel-based aerospace and…

How Denver integrates automation into HR processes

by StateScoop Staff

The City and County of Denver is on its way to becoming more efficient after streamlining its workflows and its heavily customized HR system. Shortly after going live with the Workday Human Capital Management software, Denver’s employees reduced their time spent verifying HR and compliance issues and could focus more attention on serving their constituents. In a recently published case study from Workday, Karen Niparko, executive director of HR, and Chris Longshore,…

How Louisiana saved $70 million with IT consolidation efforts

by StateScoop Staff

The state of Louisiana recently organized an office consolidation and IT modernization project that has so far achieved $70 million in cost savings. The state brought together all of its IT departments from across 20 executive branches. Under this new structure, it has been able to consolidate legacy systems, work toward IT modernization and cut costs by using a shared services model. A new report published by Splunk shows how…

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.

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