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Calvin Rhodes leaving Georgia government

Georgia CIO Calvin Rhodes will step down at the end of the month for a role in the private sector, the Georgia Technology Authority announced yesterday. Rhodes, who was appointed in 2011, is the longest-serving state CIO in the country, and has been credited with improving the state’s use of enterprise technology and service delivery to residents. He also played a key role in helping the state launch its $110 million statewide cybersecurity center, which opened in 2018. A successor has not been announced yet. Colin Wood reports.

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And Washington gets a new CIO

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee said yesterday that Bill Kehoe, who’s presently the chief information officer in Los Angeles County, California, will be the state’s new CIO. Kehoe, who’s been in Los Angeles County since 2017, will take over Washington Technology Solutions, the state’s IT agency, and become a member of Inslee’s Cabinet when he begins Aug. 1. Kehoe joins at a time when the agency is also navigating a realignment of the state workforce after the COVID-19 pandemic, with the state's former CIO, Jim Weaver, predicting last year that many employees will continue working remotely after the crisis passes. Benjamin Freed has more.

Senate hears Biden's cyber nominees, at last

Jen Easterly and Chris Inglis, President Joe Biden's nominees for CISA director and national cyber director, respectively, finally got their Senate confirmation hearing yesterday, during which they gave their assessment of the threats posed by nation-state hackers and ransomware, which they described as a national-security threat. “We’re now at a place where nation-states and non-nation-state actors are leveraging cyberspace largely with impunity to threaten our privacy, our security and our infrastructure," Easterly said. She also said she'd double down on CISA's relationships with states' election officials, and, when asked, said a state and local cybersecurity grant program "certainly seems to make sense." Sean Lyngaas covered it for CyberScoop.

ICYMI: Turnover in Ohio, too

Yesterday wound up being a big day for state CIO turnover. In addition to the announcements in Georgia and Washington, Ohio officials said that Katrina Flory, the longtime deputy CIO, is the new statewide IT chief. Flory had been serving as interim CIO since June 2, after Ervan Rodgers' resignation, and was given the role on a permanent basis. Among her endorsers was Rodgers, who called Flory a "rockstar" in a message to StateScoop. Ben has the story.

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