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Nevada's new CIO has some work to do

Since starting as Nevada’s statewide chief information officer last month, Alan Cunningham, a former information security chief for the Washoe County School District, has spent the past few weeks sizing up the expansive scope of state government. He's also figuring out how to fund technology projects in a state hit especially hard by budget cuts and navigate a new remote-work environment that is turning out to be more complicated than many originally believed. “We’ve got major technology companies investing in the state, and as a state technology [division] that has generally taken a little bit of a backseat, I’d say we’re about five to 10 years behind the states which are really pushing forward on technology, and mainly that’s because they have that funding to do that," Cunningham told StateScoop. Colin Wood has the story.

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Battleground states still have time to improve their election security

A report published Tuesday by election security researchers found that the states believed to be most competitive in this year’s presidential election have largely improved the security of their voting systems since 2016. But, the report from New York University’s Brennan Center for Justice states, there is still some work that can be done in the six weeks before Nov. 3 — and as voters in a growing number of states are already casting ballots. “[Election officials] talk about election security in a way they didn’t four years ago,” Derek Tisler, a Brennan Center fellow and one of the report’s authors, told StateScoop. “A lot of election officials have seen it as an important part of their jobs. A lot of states have brought on additional IT expertise. Most experts would say this is going to be the most secure election we’ve ever had.” Benjamin Freed reports.

Hawaii OKs autonomous vehicles for public roads

Just weeks after committing to a four-year long pilot project to turn Hawaii’s highways into data-collecting laboratories, Hawaii Gov. David Ige has approved autonomous vehicle testing on public roads throughout the state until at least 2023. Effective immediately, Hawaii’s Department of Transportation can issue autonomous vehicle manufacturers permits to test, but the HDOT will be required to submit a progress report in 2023 that determines whether testing has been successful or not, and whether more legislation is required to ensure that AVs are safe on Hawaii roads. The policy makes Hawaii the 29th state to legislate autonomous vehicle testing. Ryan Johnston has more on the state's initiative.

Connecticut's new tax portal

An online tax system launching next week will allow Connecticut residents to file their taxes via the state’s new online business portal, Gov. Ned Lamont announced this week. The system is just one part of a larger, four-part modernization effort within the state’s Department of Revenue Services. The ability to access online services has become increasingly important during the pandemic as states seek to encourage social-distancing guidelines, while ensuring services remain available for as many people as possible. And for state governments, collecting revenue like owed income taxes will be of particular interest as they face shrinking budgets. Ryan has more.


Google Cloud exec reflects on the promise of virtualization

Google Cloud’s Josh Marcuse says that virtualization is more than enabling online meetings. It’s that agencies can draw on a talent pool regardless of location. It’s that government can eliminate waiting, commuting and dead time with citizens, to focus on the meaningful interactions. To move forward, agencies need technology partners to help them meet four key areas: scalability, security, open standards and agility. Hear more lessons learned during the pandemic.

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