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Longtime Arlington, Va., CIO steps aside

Officials in Arlington County, Virginia, on Friday said that longtime CIO Jack Belcher is moving into the new, advisory role of chief technology innovation officer. Belcher, who’s also led the county’s Department of Technology Services for about 22 years, will be succeeded in the CIO role by Norron Lee, a deputy CIO who was brought on in April. Over his decades running IT for Arlington, Belcher oversaw the development of a countywide fiber optic network, new enterprise resource planning and revenue collection systems and a voice-over-IP phone system in government offices, county officials said Benjamin Freed reports.

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CISA says it's ramping up disinformation fight

The danger of disinformation has become an “incredibly difficult problem,” CISA Director Jen Easterly said Friday during a press briefing at the DEF CON cybersecurity conference in Las Vegas, CyberScoop reports. The agency's information operations team has expanded, and she noted that she recently hired Maria Barsallo Lynch from Harvard University, where she was executive director of the Belfer Center’s Defending Digital Democracy Project. Suzanne Smalley reports from Las Vegas.

What state and local IT officials are reading this summer

We asked a bunch of state and big-city CIOs what they've been reading this summer, for business and leisure. Vermont CIO John Quinn says he's been leafing through a 2015 Elon Musk biography, while Texas' Amanda Crawford is checking out "Big Wonderful Thing," a 2019 history of her home state. And New Hampshire CIO Denis Goulet says that after an underwhelming Amazon Prime adaptation, he's rereading Robert Jordan's "Wheel of Time" series. What's your beach read?

Beeck Center's Zarek returns to White House

Cori Zarek, director of Georgetown University's Beeck Center for Social Impact and Innovation, said last week she's joining the U.S. Digital Service later this month as a deputy administrator. Zarek, who previously served as a federal deputy CTO in the Obama administration, has led the Beeck Center since 2019, overseeing its work promoting digital services in state and local government. Nihal Krishan reports for FedScoop.

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