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Boston CIO departs

Boston Chief Information Officer David Elges announced on Friday that he’s departing city government, following the swearing-in of Mayor Michelle Wu earlier in the week. Elges told StateScoop in an email that he's "making way for a new leadership team.” He was hired in 2018 by then-Mayor Marty Walsh, who is now the U.S. Labor Secretary. Ryan Johnston reports.

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Utah gets on the chief privacy officer train

The Utah state auditor last week named Whitney Phillips, who’s spent the past five years as privacy officer for the Utah State Board of Education, as its first statewide privacy chief. Phillips' role is one of two privacy-focused positions created by a law passed in the wake of a contracting scandal that erupted last year because a surveillance technology vendor had not been properly vetted. Colin Wood has more.

Funding for a new New Jersey

New Jersey is investing $400 million to improve its higher education infrastructure, hoping to keep more high school students in state for college by offering state-of-the-art facilities, Gov. Phil Murphy said last week. The state plans to open applications through its higher education capital facilities bond programs in early 2022 so colleges and universities can ask for money to improve aging infrastructure or for new projects, including telecommunications services and network infrastructure. Read more on EdScoop.

Cyber grants are a 'game changer,' CISA leader tells Congress

The cybersecurity grants for state and local governments authorized in the $1.2 trillion infrastructure package President Joe Biden signed into law this week are expected to greatly improve the postures of the entities that receive them, CISA Executive Director Brandon Wales told members of Congress last Wednesday. “We believe the cybersecurity grants for state and local communities is really going to be a game changer in dramatically enhancing the security of our communities throughout the country," he said. Benjamin Freed had the story.

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