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In fairness, he did warn us

The Colorado Department of Revenue this month started accepting state tax and fee payments submitted in cryptocurrencies, making good on a statement Gov. Jared Polis made in February that the state would be welcoming toward alternative forms of money. Dan Carr, a spokesperson for the Colorado Department of Revenue told StateScoop in an email that the agency will take the payments using PayPay's cryptocurrency platform, with any payments converted to U.S. dollars within five business days. "We don't expect a lot initially," Carr told StateScoop. "We just want to give taxpayers as many different options as possible." Benjamin Freed reports.

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What small city CIOs have in common with big states

On the Priorities Podcast, Urbana, Illinois, IT Director Sanford Hess says his city has a lot in common with its peers across the public sector. “I think at the end of the day we all have the same challenges,” Hess says on the podcast. “[State CIOs and big city CIOs] would nod their heads in agreement if I said that I spent half my day today sending out emails to people to take their security training.” Hess says his priorities are similar to other CIOs' across the country — modernization, cybersecurity and digital services. Listen to the podcast.

StateRAMP attracts more states, education sector

StateRAMP, the two-year-old group working to build a standardized security rubric for state and local IT vendors, announced yesterday that several more governments and other organizations have begun using its standards. Those new partners include the K12 Security Information Exchange, a group that’s bemoaned the lack of security standards for grade-school tech providers, and the University of North Carolina system. Leah McGrath, StateRAMP's executive director, also announced a slew of new government partners, including the New York State Government IT Directors Association. Ben has the story.

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