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Vermont CIO heads out

Vermont CIO John Quinn plans to step down this month after more than five years leading IT there, including the creation of a centralized tech agency for the Northeastern state. Quinn is taking a job with Government Sourcing Solutions, a consulting firm that advises tech vendors on dealing with state and local governments’ procurement processes. Gov. Phil Scott named Quinn in 2017 as CIO and inaugural secretary of the Agency of Digital Services, which was created to consolidate tech governance across state government. “Every year got a little better from a stability standpoint, funding standpoint, team cohesiveness working together and centralized approach to how we were going to solve enterprise technology,” Quinn said. Benjamin Freed reports.

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Ransomware takes L.A. schools

The Los Angeles Unified School District, the nation’s second-biggest K-12 system, reported over the weekend that its networks were targeted by a ransomware attack that has resulted in disruptions to several internal systems, including email services and other applications. Several internal systems, including email, are not functioning as a result of the incident, but district officials said classes are expected to operate normally today. Ben has more.

Georgia promotes chief cloud officer to CTO

The Georgia Technology Authority on Thursday announced that Dmitry Kagansky, formerly the state’s chief cloud officer, has stepped into the role of statewide chief technology officer. Kagansky, who was appointed Georgia’s chief cloud officer in September 2021 and has also been serving as the authority’s deputy executive director, will continue to lead cloud migration efforts through the “newly reconfigured” CTO role, according to an announcement. Colin Wood has details.

California lawmakers approve bill creating 'data haven' for abortion

California Gov. Gavin Newsom is expected to sign legislation the State Assembly passed last week designed to make the state a "data haven" for reproductive health services and people seeking abortions. The bill prohibits California law-enforcement agencies from sharing information related to a legal abortion being investigated by agencies from states that've outlawed abortion access since the overturning of Roe v. Wade, and attempts to prevent tech companies based in California from sharing information with those out-of-state investigations. Ben had the story.

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