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'Off to the races' in Chicago

Kurt Peterson was named Chicago's CIO in July, putting him in charge of a $400 million modernization agenda drafted to bring forward a municipal government that, by its own admission, is mired in paperwork, aging systems and a shrinking supply of tech workers. In a lengthy interview with StateScoop, Peterson, who's worked for the city since 2011 in a variety of budget and management roles, said the plan is to move on from a slow, incremental approach to city technology and take a more “transformative” stance. “The message is that we need to approach technology differently than how we’ve approached it in the past,” Peterson said. That way, he said, Chicago IT can be "off to the races." Peterson spoke with Benjamin Freed.

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CivStart's latest group

The nonprofit CivStart on Monday announced its fourth annual cohort of up-and-coming startups looking to solve emerging problems for local governments. Twelve companies will join CivStart’s Govtech Accelerator Program, half of which are led by women or minority founders, in line with CivStart’s mission for inclusivity. The companies selected say they're working to ease traffic congestion, increase sustainability though energy management systems, transform public feedback into usable insights and deliver faster cash assistance and public benefits, among many other objectives. Lindsay McKenzie has more.

GSA says D.C. is slowpoke on telecom contract

The government of the District of Columbia, as well as local utility DC Water, have yet to tell the General Services Administration whether they intend to continue using expiring network and telecoms services as it transitions to the $50 billion Enterprise Infrastructure Solutions contract, FedScoop's Dave Nyczepir reports. The D.C. government and DC Water are the only entities that have yet to say whether they will sign a memorandum of understanding — without one, they'll be on the hook for establishing network and telecoms services under EIS or another contract before legacy services are disconnected by May 31, 2023. The EIS contract was established to provide IT infrastructure solutions to federal agencies. Read more at FedScoop.

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