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What makes a good CIO?

How can you tell if a CIO and an IT agency are doing a good job? Every state uses its own system of metrics and grades, but across the board, it's clear the most effective CIOs are good managers of people, expectations and relationships with the other agencies they serve. “The discussions that state CIOs have are more about people and money than technology,” said NASCIO Executive Director Doug Robinson. Colin Wood explores the issue.

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Florida finds its newest CISO

Florida CIO James Grant announced in a press release last week that the state has hired Jeremy Rodgers, a longtime tech industry professional and veteran of U.S. Cyber Command, as the state’s new CISO. Rodgers will join the Florida Digital Service at a time when it’s struggled to hold onto key personnel, including many cybersecurity staff who’ve quit six-figure salaries in recent months. The agency has also reportedly failed to spend any of the $30 million state lawmakers authorized last year for threat assessments, infrastructure hardening and cyber hygiene training. Benjamin Freed reports.

A welcome tweak

A rule change announced last week by the Treasury Department allows state and local governments that received funds under last year’s American Rescue Plan to more easily spend that money on cybersecurity upgrades and broadband construction, bringing relief to officials who said the original law was too restrictive. The tweak comes as a relief to groups like the National Association of Counties, which pushed the Treasury to expand how relief funds can be used. Ben has details.


Adopting cloud infrastructure to support faster cancer research

National Cancer Institute CIO Jeff Shilling discusses how cloud-based platforms enable global researchers to quickly access, analyze and share large datasets to accelerate cancer research. Watch Shilling’s full interview here.

New mayors need data to succeed, says Bloomberg Philanthropies

Bloomberg Philanthropies last week encouraged new mayors to include data analytics and technology development — two areas for which the organization offers grants and educational opportunities — as key components of their agendas in 2022. “Some new mayors may be shocked to find their city halls running essentially as analog organizations,” read a blog post from the organization. Ryan Johnston has more.

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