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Remember those blockchain programs?

A few years ago, state officials everywhere seemed to believe that blockchain would soon be a ubiquitous government technology. But despite a flurry of blockchain initiatives, some inspired by an association with cryptocurrency, all of those efforts seem to have gone nowhere. Several state CIOs told StateScoop they doubt blockchain actually has much use in government. “While we’ve kind of been exploring with it, we haven’t found where it’s going to be a solution to one of our problems yet," Vermont CIO John Quinn said. Colin Wood reports.

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Boston finds interim CIO

Boston Mayor Michelle Wu yesterday appointed Alex Lawrence, the former chief of staff of the city’s Department of Innovation and Technology, to serve as interim CIO. The appointment follows last week’s departure of CIO David Elges. Lawrence tweeted Monday that technology is “not just servers and laptops.” “It’s how we deliver services to residents, from filling potholes to finding housing for families in need." Ryan Johnston has more.

Make a grown man cry

The collaborative effort between state IT, public health and local officials in standing up New Hampshire’s COVID-19 vaccination program earlier this year was so impressive it made government leaders emotional, state CIO Denis Goulet said during an online event last week. "Everyone became part of that effort,” he said. “It actually brought tears to our eyes a couple times.” Goulet said the state's vaccine management system, which launched in March after a federally designed one struggled, was the biggest achievement in a crisis marked by the need for constant delivery of government services. Read more.

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