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New Montana CIO shares vision

Montana's new chief information officer, Kevin Gilbertson, said he plans to make several key additions to the State Information Technology Services Division, including new positions for a chief data officer and a role focusing on customer relationships. Gilbertson also said that his taking the CIO job reunites him with Gov. Greg Gianforte, for whom he worked earlier in his career at a CRM software firm Gianforte eventually sold to Oracle. "I think the primary reason that the governor brought me on board was to work with the agencies to be more business objective focused so that we’re not doing technology for the sake of technology, but to make sure that it’s supporting the business itself," Gilbertson told StateScoop. Benjamin Freed has more.

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Time to turn the corner

Excepting some notable city outliers, many local governments often leave their community members feeling disappointed with the services they receive, and even entering the third decade of the 21st century, are still relying largely on paper processes, Jonathan Reichental writes in his latest column. Deciding to embark on digitalization is a choice, and it has to come from the top. But too many mayors and city managers, while often recognizing its value, haven’t yet made it one of their top priorities. Read the full column.

Mayorkas to propose cyber recovery fund

During an event yesterday hosted by security firm RSA, Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said DHS is is in the process of outlining a “cyber response and recovery fund” that will help the it deliver resources to state and local governments dealing with hacking incidents. He also said CISA will soon begin a series of 60-day "sprints" focusing on specific issues, with the first one tackling ransomware. Sean Lyngaas reports for CyberScoop.

Biden plans $100 billion broadband investment

The $2 trillion infrastructure package President Biden proposed yesterday includes $100 billion for expanding broadband service, including 100% coverage nationwide. In particular, that money would be used to foster the development of municipally owned broadband networks that are less motivated by profits and revenues than major corporate internet service providers, the White House said. “This is promising news for state and local governments,”said Kathryn de Wit, a project director at Pew Charitable Trusts’ broadband access initiative. Ryan Johnston reports.

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