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Ron Guerrier lands at HP

Former Illinois Chief Information Officer Ron Guerrier is joining HP as the computing giant’s global CIO, he said Wednesday night. In a LinkedIn post, Guerrier, <a href="https://preprod.statescoop.com/illinois-cio-ron-guerrier-exits-state-government/">who left state government last Friday</a>, called the move a “no brainer.” It also represent a return to the corporate world after 20 months with the State of Illinois. Before his appointment in March 2019, Guerrier had spent more than 20 years with several major corporations, including Toyota North America and Farmers Insurance. Benjamin Freed reports.

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How CIOs have stayed flexible under coronavirus

State technology leaders have taken on new responsibilities during the coronavirus pandemic, including guiding government employees through the process of working remotely and ensuring that their states’ health data is accurate and available to the right agencies. In a panel discussion hosted by Informatica and FedScoop yesterday, technology officials from Virginia, Maryland and Texas shared how they have gotten creative in their responses to the pandemic, forming rapid response teams, supporting work-from-home environments and repurposing old data tools to support health care initiatives. Ryan Johnston digs in.

Woodward book IDs second Florida county in 2016 election hack

An excerpt of longtime Washington journalist Bob Woodward's new book about the Trump administration published Wednesday revealed that St. Lucie County, Florida, was the second of two Sunshine State jurisdictions where Russian hackers successfully accessed countywide voter registration databases during the 2016 election. Officials said last year that two counties had been breached, but at the time, only one, Washington County, was identified. Woodward's book, "Rage," reports that St. Lucie was the other where U.S. intelligence officials said that Russians placed malware on voter registration systems. Ben has more.

Virginia's datathon to tackle COVID-19

Organizers of Virginia's annual datathon said they expect this year to be a bit different. In addition to being held virtually for the first time on Oct. 1-2, the event's theme is much broader. Rather than focusing on a single issue, such as opioid addiction or education, participants will be asked to choose their own challenge within the theme of Communities and COVID-19. Organizers told StateScoop that "casting a wide net" could allow for a much more diverse group of solutions, while the involvement of the office of statewide Chief Data Officer Carlos Rivero is hoped to ensure the projects aren't forgotten once the competition has ended Colin Wood has details.

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