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Alaska hires CIO after year of IT turbulence

Following nearly a year of revolving-door leadership at its IT agency, the state of Alaska appears to have finally settled on a new, permanent chief information officer with the hiring of Bill Smith, a former U.S. Army official who started Nov. 18. Officials said Smith's appointment came after a seven-month recruiting process, though he will be at least the firth person to lead the Alaska Office of Information Technology in the year since Gov. Mike Dunleavy took office. Benjamin Freed reports.

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New York has a new CIO, too

Back on the East Coast, New York State has also made IT leadership moves with Jeremy M. Goldberg, a technology adviser to Gov. Andrew Cuomo, being named as interim CIO. Goldberg joined Cuomo's administration in April after a two-year stint as a deputy chief technology officer for New York City, where he developed the NYCx civic innovation challenge. Ben has details.

FCC tells wireless carriers to share 'vertical location' data

New rules from the Federal Communications Commission that require wireless carriers to share "vertical location" data with emergency responders were praised last week for giving police, firefighters and emergency medical technicians a new tool to help them determine on which floor of a building an emergency is occurring. But the FCC's action was not without criticism, including that the new rules only apply to major cities — leaving out rural areas — and offer little guidance on how to translate phone companies' raw vertical data into a precise location. Ryan Johnston has more.

LocalSmart county winners focus on transformative services

Earlier this year, StateScoop handed out its inaugural LocalSmart Awards, highlighting the best ideas and innovators in city and county governments. A new podcast features interviews with seven of the winners, including the chief data officer from Riverside County, California, which built a visual tool that provides imagery of potential filming locations to Hollywood studios scouting their next shoots. Betsy Foresman hosts.

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