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D.C.'s tech chief braces for budget cuts

Confronted with a shrinking budget, Washington D.C. Chief Technology Officer Lindsey Parker on Friday proposed merging the city’s digital connectivity and “smart city” programs into a single, community-based project. Parker told StateScoop she plans to combine her office's SmarterDC and ConnectDC initiatives by gathering industry partners, philanthropists and community organizations to support programs in both areas. The merger of the two programs comes as D.C.'s proposed 2021 budget asks Parker cut the city's technology spending by between 3-5%.   Ryan Johnston reports.

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Back with a dashboard of her own

Rebekah Jones, the data scientist who was fired last month by the Florida Department of Health after she accused her superiors of wanting to manipulate statistics related to the spread of the coronavirus launched her own data dashboard to track COVID-19 last weekend to counter the official figures being put out by the state. Jones' new “Florida’s Community Coronavirus Dashboard" shows different numbers of infections and fatalities than the state's dashboard, a gap she attributes to Florida officials excluding non-residents from their totals. It also shows whether any of Florida's 67 counties meet the DeSantis administration's guidelines for moving into the next phase of reopening their economies. So far, according to Jones, only one is, yet Florida continues to loosen its guidelines even as COVID-19 cases surge across the state. Benjamin Freed reports.

New handbook for data officers brings states up to speed

The Beeck Center for Social Impact and Innovation at Georgetown University last week published a new framework designed to help state governments understand how chief data officers can be most effective as data becomes a more common tool to further policy goals like reopening economies during the coronavirus pandemic and reforming police departments. “There’s a lot of excitement with data in states and they get pulled in a lot of different directions, so putting a framework in place that can be followed to almost bring some order to the chaos is really something we heard would be super valuable,” said Tyler Kleykamp, a former Connecticut data chief who runs the Beeck Center’s State Chief Data Officers Network. Colin Wood has more.


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States are returning to a new sense of normalcy after the immediate impacts of the coronavirus pandemic. For state and local government CIOs, that means a new set of challenges as agencies evaluate their future approach to telework. In this special report, StateScoop and EdScoop look into what’s next for the remote workforce, how governments and universities are moving forward and what to expect next. See the full report.

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