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Hawaii preps its vax passport

Hawaii Chief Information Officer Douglas Murdock told reporters Monday that while he’s unsure when the state’s technology partners will have a COVID-19 vaccine passport ready, he “wouldn’t be surprised” if such a health credential were available in Hawaii by this summer. During a press conference with Gov. David Ige, Murdock said Hawaii is currently testing a vaccine passport that may be ready to go by the July 4 holiday. The island state, which depends on a $10 billion tourism economy, has tightly restricted entry during the pandemic, requiring all inbound travelers, even those who’ve been vaccinated, to be tested for COVID-19 within 72 hours of departure.   Colin Wood reports.

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All GIS no brakes

After 13 months of responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, state GIS leaders are still finding their roles are as pertinent as ever. “We had an opportunity a year ago to step into the limelight,” Maryland Geographic Information Officer Julia Fischer says on a new episode GIS Addressed. “We hit the gas and haven’t hit the brake since." In Maryland, Fischer led development of the state’s COVID-19 dashboard, which has evolved to track information on testing, vaccines and public-health guidelines. Listen to the podcast.

Biden taps Robin Carnahan to lead GSA

President Joe Biden plans to name Robin Carnahan, a former leader of 18F's state and local division, to lead the General Services Administration, the White House said yesterday. Carnahan, who most recently co-founded the State Software Collaborative, a Georgetown University program that encourages agencies in different states to collaborate on tech procurement, is also a former Missouri secretary of state. Dave Nyczepir has the story for FedScoop.

South Carolina, Apple to build computer labs promoting digital equity

South Carolina officials are in the early stages of a $6 million partnership with Apple to expand access to technology and digital literacy training for K-12 and adult learners by building computer labs on college campuses around the state. The labs will be placed on University of South Carolina campuses throughout the state, as well as one at Benedict College, a historically Black school in the capital city of Columbia. The labs will be open to the public from the surrounding communities, said Bill Kirkland, the executive director of the University of South Carolina’s office of economic engagement. Ryan Johnston has details.

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