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A new home on the range

Newly installed Wyoming CIO Bill Vajda is not the first person to have led IT operations in multiple states. But Vajda, who served as CIO of Alaska, said in an interview that he might harbor a certain attraction to frontier states. “Wyoming’s a fascinating place even though from a population standpoint it’s relatively small,” Vajda told StateScoop last week. “For me it’s the newness and the freshness of it." Benjamin Freed reports.

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Another big move for Amy Tong

California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Monday announced that Amy Tong, who until recently had served as the state’s CIO for half a decade, will serve as his administration’s next secretary of government operations, a Cabinet-level post with oversight of a range of functions, including human resources, pensions, tax collections and IT. Tong, who left the CIO role at the end of 2021, briefly served as head of the Office of Digital Innovation. Ben has more.

'One-stop' ARP help

Officials in the the West Virginia State Auditor’s Office say the state is creating a digital “one-stop shop” to help local governments — some of which still maintain their accounts with pen and paper — comply with the American Rescue Plan rules. “We’re facing a situation where we have a lot of local governments who have a lot of money they’ve never had before, they’re not sure how to spend it and they’re faced with reporting requirements and audit requirements that they might not have faced before,” said Deputy Auditor Anthony Woods. Ryan Johnston has the story.

Alabama to launch modern driver’s license system

Alamaba Gov. Kay Ivey announced last week the upcoming launch of a consolidated platform to issue driver’s licenses. Ivey said the new platform, called the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency Driver License System, or LEADS, will contain “significant improvements” both to the state’s data security efforts and customer service when it comes online in April.   Colin Wood has details.

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