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Little state, big plans

Vermont will soon embark on several major state technology modernization initiatives, thanks to $66 million in additional funding in a budget that’s currently making its way through the legislature, state CIO John Quinn told StateScoop yesterday. Among the projects are overhauls of the state DMV and Department of Labor, which is still using a 50-year-old mainframe, as well as the replacement of a 20-year-old ERP, Quinn said. Benjamin Freed reports.

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Code for America hauls in a big one

Code for America announced that it recently landed a $100 million investment, which it plans to use to launch a new initiative that helps state governments improve their social-benefit programs. The new Safety Net Innovation Lab will partner with agencies in 15 states, an effort that will reach 13 million people and “unlock $30 billion in benefits in the areas of food assistance, health care, and other basic needs," the group said. Colin Wood has details.

One CISO's assessment: 'Holy macaroni'

Colorado officials this week announced the hiring Ray Yepes, the CISO of the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, as the new statewide CISO. In an interview, Yepes, who previously led cybersecurity efforts at a few large companies, including Waste Management and Nissan, said he was drawn to Colorado in part because of the work done by the team led by state CIO Tony Neal-Graves, which he praised effusively. “Holy macaroni. Their work is like nothing I’ve seen before," he said. Ben has more.


Getting started on the cloud for state and local agencies

While a complete migration to the cloud may seem daunting, public sector leaders should consider starting with a smaller workload, according to AWS, DLT Solutions and ThunderCat Technology executives. The best opportunities for early returns on investment are to get started with lighter workloads that migrate easily to the cloud and lay a strong foundation for adapting more cloud services in the future. Hear more from the executives.

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