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An eye on student aid

Since March, Alabama officials have been tracking where high-school students may need a nudge to fix the errors on their Free Application for Federal Student Aid. The monitoring is part of a broader effort to encourage more students to pursue postsecondary degrees and credentials as the state moves away from low-skill, low-wage jobs and adds more high-tech manufacturing, said Jim Purcell, a former state CIO who now heads the Alabama Commission on Higher Education. Colin Wood reports.

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ID.me comes under the lens

The House Oversight and Reform Committee began an investigation last week into identity verification company ID.me’s government contracts, firing questions at the firm about the effectiveness of its tech and how it impacts equality and privacy. Lawmakers cited CyberScoop reporting into ID.me's encouraging state governments to play down or deny their uses of the company's controversial products. Tonya Riley reports for CyberScoop.

DevOps vendor GitLab gets California approval

The California Department of General Services on Tuesday added GitLab, a publisher of software-development tools, to the state’s software licensing program, allowing application developers across government agencies and public-education institutions to use the company’s DevOps platform. The company's public-sector VP, Bob Stevens, said the contract will make it easier and less-expensive for state agencies to develop applications. Benjamin Freed has details.

Former New York City CIO named as sanitation chief

ICYMI: Former New York City CIO Jessica Tisch has been named as the city's new sanitation commissioner, Mayor Eric Adams announced yesterday. In her first day in the role, Tisch toured the city's waste-management and street-cleaning facilities, and announced an $11 million investment in new equipment, like bike lane-sized street sweepers. Ben has more.

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