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01/22/2020
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Missouri gets a new CIO

After leaving his position as the chief information officer and a vice president of Illinois Mutual Life Insurance earlier this year, Jefferey Wann has taken over as Missouri's top technology official. Formerly a director of infrastructure modernization for the Internal Revenue Service and chief technology officer at the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, Wann replaces former state CIO Mike Cheles, who stepped down in December. Wann now leads an organization that Cheles said was striving to add as many as 100 new technology positions. “As we outsource a lot of services, we’re going to have a lot of vendor management, service license agreements we need to manage,” he said. Benjamin Freed has more.


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Seattle launches giant mobile-voting experiment

Mobile device-based voting may get its biggest test so far next month with a Seattle-area environmental board offering all registered voters inside its jurisdiction the ability to participate in a niche local election using a smartphone app. The King Conservation District, which covers an area of about 1.2 million registered voters, is partnering with Tusk Philanthropies — a foundation that’s backed other experiments in mobile voting — to boost participation in a race for one of its board seats. Still, security concerns about mobile voting abound: “Online voting—whether though a smartphone app or a website—is just not ready for primetime,” said Chris Deluzio, a cybersecurity expert at the University of Pittsburgh. Benjamin has the details.


NYC seeks startups for sustainable solutions

New York City's Circular City, a startup-accelerator program that seeks to find solutions from post-seed startups, has booted up once again. Officials at the city's Economic Development Corporation are using the program to find post-seed startups that can pilot technologies through 2020 that can make the city more environmentally sustainable. Sander Dolder, the vice president of initiatives at NYCEDC, told StateScoop the program is looking for "groundbreaking new methods for reducing greenhouse gas emissions, reusing more products and materials, eliminating waste and building a more sustainable economy." Ryan Johnston reports.


Two CIOs talk enterprise IT governance

On the latest episode of StateScoop's Priorities podcast, Michael Leahy, secretary of Maryland’s Department of Information Technology, and Curtis Wood, chief information officer of Massachusetts, review how the IT environments they manage are changing as they become more centralized — and all the challenges that come with that. The technology chiefs review their strategies for getting executive buy-in and demonstrating to their agency customers that the technology shop is not there to make their lives more difficult, but to add value. Listen to the podcast.


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