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Michigan CIO heads out

Brom Stibitz, Michigan’s CIO and head of the state’s Department of Technology, Management and Budget, said yesterday he intends to step down Oct. 16. A spokesperson said Stibitz is taking a position with the Michigan Employees’ Retirement System, a privately run benefits administrator for state and local public-sector workers. While Gov. Gretchen Whitmer named a new director for DTMB, which also runs the state government's budgeting and procurement processes, the CIO role "will be determined at a later time," officials said. Benjamin Freed reports.

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No-code? No problem, CIOs say

Low-code and no-code software development, which allows people to build applications by configuring graphical widgets and data fields instead of sifting through obtuse programming languages, has become broadly popular among state IT agencies, NASCIO said yesterday. A preview of the group's annual survey found that low-code and no-code development was a crucial tool as states ramped up their responses to the COVID-19 pandemic, and that CIOs believe it will be one of the most impactful technologies in the coming years. Ben has more.

Wisconsin picks vendor for unemployment system upgrade

Wisconsin officials on Wednesday announced the state has entered an approximately $16.5 million contract with Flexion, a Milwaukee technology consulting firm, to update its unemployment insurance system. The state’s Department of Workforce Development said the project “will involve integration of additional off-the-shelf software and cloud-based solutions along with significant custom software development, as determined through discovery.” The upgrade follows a backlog of unemployment insurance claims spurred by job losses during the COVID-19 pandemic and legislation passed in February to upgrade a computer system lawmakers had long known was outdated. Colin Wood has the story.

New York to spend $45 million on emergency communications

New York Gov. Kathy Hochul on Wednesday announced $45 million in funding to expand emergency communications capabilities across the state. The funding, which is to be distributed to counties statewide and New York City, is hoped to improve the ability of local governments to communicate, exchange data and, according to a press release, “streamline information to enhance collaboration and assist first responders.” Many New York counties are upgrading to so-called P25 technologies, a design standard for interoperable two-way wireless devices that is developed by the Telecommunications Industry Association. Colin has details.

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