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Kelly Taylor, the founding director of the Colorado Digital Service, a boutique, two-year-old agency created to tackle the state’s digital-services projects, said last week he’s stepping down to return to the U.S. Digital Service, the White House division that assists federal agencies with application development and citizen-facing service delivery. Taylor told StateScoop that he always intended to step away after a two-year "tour of duty." Benjamin Freed reports.

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Virginia data chief logs off

Virginia Chief Data Officer Carlos Rivero announced last Tuesday that he's leaving state government, as Republican Gov.-elect Glenn Youngkin prepares to take office in January. Rivero, who was appointed in 2018 as the commonwealth's first lead data officer, played a large role in preparing the state to grapple with the effects of the pandemic, including expanding a cloud-based tool used to share data on opioid incidents to include data on COVID-19 cases. Ryan Johnston has details.

Former Utah CIO lands at Oracle

Former Utah CIO Mike Hussey recently wrapped up his 25-year career with the state government and is now settling into a new role with Oracle, advising the tech giant’s public-sector clients on their cloud computing strategies. In a phone interview, Hussey said that while he’s still adjusting to life in the private sector, his new job lets him stay connected to the CIO community, especially as state governments continue to solidify the expanded reliance on cloud platforms that emerged during the pandemic. “I can tell our story, what we did on our cloud journey and seeing how I might be an asset to other CIOs,” he said. Ben has more.

Washington launches new vaccine verification system

The Washington Department of Health last week launched a new digital verification tool for vaccinated residents, enabling people to use their smartphones to provide proof of their COVID-19 vaccination to businesses and employers who request it. The digital pass was built in part with source code shared earlier this year by California tech officials, so other states could design their own vaccine verification systems. Ryan has the story.


WATCH: Bureau of Fiscal Service’s CDO on improving data footprint for the public

Justin Marsico on how the agency is modernizing its approach to publishing fiscal data sets, making individual and historical datasets available for public use. Of the 70 datasets the bureau routinely updates, 37 have been migrated to the new cloud-based environment where users can more meaningful interact with the data. Watch Marsico’s full interview here.

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