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Montana Gov. Gianforte names new CIO

Montana Gov. Greg Gianforte’s office announced Wednesday the appointment of Kevin Gilbertson, a former executive with Helix Business Solutions a regional cloud computing provider, as the state’s new chief information officer. Gilbertson, who will also serve in Gianforte's cabinet, fills a vacancy left by the retirement last December of Montana CIO Tim Bottenfield. “Kevin is highly-qualified to lead the state’s digital redesign effort and help us implement the Montana comeback,” Gianforte, a Republican elected last November, said in a press release. Benjamin Freed reports.

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Wisconsin turns to Google for jobs board

Wisconsin’s workforce agency will use Google software to launch a “virtual career center” as it attempts to dig its way out of pandemic-induced unemployment, the tech giant announced this week. Through a $2.9 million contract with Google Cloud, the state Department of Workforce Development is deploying a suite of online tools for job seekers that vastly expands the state’s current capabilities, officials told StateScoop. Wisconsin labor officials put February’s statewide unemployment level at 3.8%, though the number of private-sector jobs dropped by 1,000 in February and the number of non-farm jobs dropped by 4,500 as more people drop out of the workforce entirely. Colin Wood has more.

Arizona launches digital driver's license with Idemia

Joining more than a dozen other states already testing or using similar technology, Arizona now offers its residents the option of a digital driver’s license, the identity management firm Idemia announced yesterday. Using Idemia’s “Mobile ID” platform, the Arizona Department of Transportation cited a familiar set of benefits in offering its residents a digital option for storing a driver’s license, including convenience, security, fraud protection and added privacy safeguards. The digital IDs will be able to be used in any circumstance a normal license would be required, such as a traffic stop or liquor store. Colin has details.

Rosenworcel touts FCC's new 'historic' broadband subsidy

The FCC's “most urgent priority” is providing broadband to Americans struggling to work or educate themselves remotely, Acting Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel told the National Association of Counties on Wednesday. She said the FCC has already received more than 380 inquires from ISPs interested in supporting a $3.2 billion broadband subsidies for low-income households made available in recent federal appropriations, an amount she called "historic." Ryan Johnston has the story.

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