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Digital Government: The Next Decade

From simmering advancements in artificial intelligence to recent applications of public health monitoring brought on by the coronavirus pandemic, the public sector’s use of technology is changing quickly. Just as the past 10 years have brought widespread adoption of cloud computing and citizen-centric models of service delivery, the next decade will introduce changes adapted to shrinking government budgets and growing demand for more convenient online services. In a new special report, StateScoop and EdScoop dive into what comes next for digital government.   See the full report.

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Government IT takes the stage

With technology adapting to meet the needs of a mostly remote government, public sector technology executives are no longer “behind the curtain” of government operations. Now, they're helping policymakers make business and regulatory decisions about the once-disparate issues of data, security and technology, said Bill Zielinski, the newly appointed citywide CIO in Dallas. "[We have to ask] how technical capabilities can be delivered," he said. "We now have to know and understand, from all those options that we have, what's the cost impact and what’s the impact of the risk?" Ryan Johnston reports.

Former Philly CIO loses lawsuit

A federal judge in Philadelphia last week ruled against a lawsuit from that city’s former chief information officer claiming he had been fired over his objections to the diversity policies of Mayor Jim Kenney’s administration. The judge found that Charles Brennan failed to prove that his January 2018 dismissal was an act of retaliation for his criticism of the city’s diversity hiring practices and its handling of certain contracts. But lawyers for the city argued that Brennan's frequent clashes with Kenney aides, and his own pattern of making inappropriate comments in the workplace, made him "not the right fit" for the CIO role. Benjamin Freed has more.

California innovation chief joins Cal Fire

California’s chief technology innovation officer, Scott Gregory, will start a new role next Monday as the state’s deputy director of technology within the state’s Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, officials confirmed yesterday. Gregory, who will be Cal Fire's first chief technology officer, will oversee the agency's IT services, telecommunications and research and development programs, just as the state's annual wildfire season heats up. In his years with the California Department of Technology, Gregory helped create the state's first open-data platform and an innovation lab for employees to test out applications. Ryan has more.

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