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How Wyoming’s CIO is ‘anticipating tomorrow’

On the Priorities podcast, Wyoming CIO Bill Vajda says how he handles the state’s day-to-day IT business is informed by a desire to prepare for the future.

“I think people, when they look at the end of the year, it brings a certain amount of closure,” Vajda says on the podcast. “We’re in the trenches every day, we’re trying to make sure that we’re not only taking care of today’s business, but anticipating tomorrow.”

Vajda started in the role earlier this year. He’d previously served as CIO in Alaska, and at the U.S. Department of Interior.

Also on the show, Wyoming Chief Data Officer Drew Dilly says the state’s data governance council is prompting good momentum for further growth in the state.

Later on in the show, Michigan’s Jayson Cavendish explains how the state is centralizing reporting and data sharing with its cybersecurity and infrastructure program. 

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Priorities Podcast


Each week, the Priorities Podcast will take you through the latest in state and local government technology news and analysis. The program will explore trending stories throughout the week, as well as feature conversations with top executives across government and industry on things like modernization, emerging technology and digital services.

Hosted by Jake Williams

Jake Williams is the vice president of content and community for StateScoop and EdScoop. He's spent nearly a decade in the government IT market, covering the ins and outs of state and local government, as well as higher education. He started his journalism career in his native Pennsylvania and has also worked as a reporter for Campaigns & Elections magazine.