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Meet the head of the new Colorado Digital Service

Last November, Colorado Gov. Jared Polis announced the creation of a new team, housed in the state's Office of Information Technology, focused on building out the state government's digital services. The aptly named Colorado Digital Service is the brainchild of Kelly Taylor, a former IBM Watson product manager who spent two years with the U.S. Digital Service, the White House technology unit that recruits private-sector programmers and engineers to spend a year or two of their lives applying their skills to federal projects. Taylor, who wanted to continue working in the public sector after returning home to Denver, pitched Polis’ administration on how a USDS-like program for the state of Colorado might look work. Now he's building out his seven-person team, a process that includes, he said in a wide-ranging interview, recruiting on a Slack group for Denver-area programmers. Benjamin Freed spoke with Taylor.

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10 digital services agencies worth following

It was sometime in the last decade that agencies at all levels of government began to wake up to the fact that their users really don't like to be inconvenienced. Yet many government websites and services remain difficult to access. But help is on the way. Small digital services teams are sprouting up to buck the trends of poor design, bureaucratic indifference and inefficiency. These 10 organizations are doing interesting things worth paying attention to in the coming months and years, including, yes, New Jersey's lively, effervescent, trash-talking Twitter account. See the full list.

Now 10 years old, Code for America hopes for government to walk alone

Code for America is preparing to enter its second decade without the daily presence of its founder, Jennifer Pahlka, who's planning to move on from the civic-tech nonprofit she created in 2010. Over the past 10 years, the organization has grown to 25,000 fellows and volunteers spread across the country, including 85 organized "brigades" that tackle cities' digital-service needs. Pahlka told StateScoop she isn’t worried about Code for America's ability to continue improving how state and local governments use technology in her absence. Her hope, rather, is that governments will learn to do the work without the group's help. Ryan Johnston reports.


State agencies urged to move beyond login credentials to counter cyber risks

Agencies that still rely on user IDs and passwords alone are most at risk to cyberthreats and should move to stronger identity and authentication technology, says a new report. But embracing two-factor or multi-factor authentication can provide greater safeguards against ransomware and the risk of security breaches — and can lower IT operations costs. Learn more insights.

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