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Arizona 'RAMPs' up

Arizona CIO J.R. Sloan told StateScoop he’s preparing this month to launch in his state the first instance of StateRAMP, a new program that vets and continuously monitors the security standards of IT vendors. StateRAMP, which launched late last year, is modeled after the U.S. government's FedRAMP system of evaluating cloud providers. “It provides a higher level of assurance and monitoring for local governments and for everybody else, vendors and providers, they can do the process once and use it many times,” Sloan said. Colin Wood reports.

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Another vaccine app on the way?

Officials in Oregon are reportedly in talks to develop a mobile app that would allow residents to carry digital versions of their COVID-19 vaccination statuses, joining a handful of other states that are offering so-called passports as proof of inoculation becomes a more common requirement to enter workplaces, restaurants and entertainment venues. The state's health authority and Gov. Kate Brown's office have solicited pitches from Lumedic, a health IT vendor based in Seattle, and IBM, which developed New York’s Excelsior Pass.   Benjamin Freed has more.

Free album name: 'Ecosystem of rationale'

A NASCIO paper published yesterday makes a case for state officials to continue improving their use of analytics to guide decisions that affect policies ranging from public health to education. The paper argues that as states base more of their policy decisions on data, CIOs should improve the data governance of their organizations. “We are moving into an ecosystem of rationale, where in some cases we are providing evidence to others to support decisions and evidence-based policies with both data and analytics,” the report reads. Read more about the study.

Pay your bills on the corner

Chicago officials on Wednesday announced an expansion of the city’s self-service kiosk program, enabling residents to pay utility bills, tickets and taxes at kiosks at more than 70 locations around the city. More than 30 kiosks, spread across government offices and neighborhood libraries, police stations and community centers, over the summer. Ryan Johnston has the story.

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