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Virginia gets its new CIO

Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin on Friday named Phil Wittmer, the former chief information technology officer of Kansas, as the commonwealth’s new chief information officer. Wittmer will take over the Virginia Information Technologies Agency after the departure of longtime CIO Nelson Moe. Since leaving government in 2018, Wittmer has worked as an IT consultant with the tax and auditing firm RSM. Colin Wood reports.

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He was big in China

San Jose, California, Mayor Sam Liccardo last Wednesday promoted the city's deputy chief innovation officer, Clay Garner, to the top role in the innovation office. While Garner has big plans to expand high-speed internet access and improve digital services, what's equally interesting is that during high school, he was briefly a pop sensation in China and Taiwan, after his covers of Mandarin-language songs went viral, with at least one media outlet calling him the "Chinese Justin Bieber." Ryan Johnston has more.

Nobody likes waiting

Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger last week announced his office issued a contract to build a new voter-registration system that officials hope will help polling places avoid the hours-long lines that many voters encountered in 2020. “This new system is more advanced, more secure and more user-friendly and will give our election directors and my office new tools to better manage our operations,” he said of the new system, which is being built by Salesforce. Benjamin Freed has the story.


Top technology priorities for state CIOs

As government agencies adapt to permanent changes brought on by the pandemic, their security priorities stay unchanged. Cybersecurity remains at the forefront of citizen needs in the roadmap to digital transformation. Cisco’s Peter Romness highlights how CIOs can tackle these priorities to build strategies for 2022 and beyond. Hear more from Romness.


WATCH: Strengthening communities with data-driven insights

Chicago Chief Data Officer Nick Lucius shares how the city uses data-driven insights to better track, understand and manage communities' health and economic well-being. Lucius discusses how they’re using data from the cloud to better manage and understand pandemic service and response as well as budgeting and hiring decisions to continue moving the needle on equity. Watch Lucius’ full interview here.

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