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05/11/2020
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Kimbriel moves on

After 12 years with the Texas state government, statewide Chief Information Officer Todd Kimbriel announced Friday his retirement from public service. He'll now be advising state and local agencies, he told StateScoop, on how to adopt the "CIO as a broker" model he implemented in his state. Colin Wood has the details.


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Watch those old websites

The Commonwealth of Virginia took down two neglected subdomains last week — vwn.virginia.gov and crc.virginia.gov — after being notified that they'd been taken over by hackers. Though the exact nature of the scheme was unclear, it appeared the hijackers hoped to use the apparent legitimacy of the .gov websites as part of a fraudulent ebook storefront scheme. “Welcome to your friendly neighborhood library. We have more than 50,000 free ebooks waiting to be discovered,” the defaced website read before the state took it down on Friday. Ryan Johnston has more.


OK's unemployment system is OK

The majority of states' unemployment systems are struggling, but in Oklahoma officials told StateScoop they're weathering the record level of claims just fine. The key, said David Ostrowe, Oklahoma’s secretary of digital transformation and administration, is a new piece of software that sits on top of the state's legacy mainframe and helps officials spot common problems in the claims coming in. “For anyone that says state government can’t be responsive, can’t be nimble, they’re not living in Oklahoma," Ostrowe said. Colin has the story.


LA expands food bank map

Los Angeles Controller Ron Galperin last week expanded his map of food banks and distribution centers to include locations across the entire state. It's a critical resource, he told StateScoop, in a state with an "alarming" number of food-insecure residents. “Job losses, reduced work hours and school closures have made it hard for Californians to both pay their bills and get enough food to feed their families," he said. Ryan breaks down the issue.


Last week in review

In Scoop News Group's weekly video wrapup, editors discuss the top stories of the week. As the pandemic continued last week, so did its effects on state and local government agencies’ technology initiatives. Sidewalk Labs pulled out of its smart neighborhood project in Toronto, local chief information officers are bracing for budget cuts and CIOs say they expect the widespread move to remote work to continue even after the pandemic is over. Check out last week's video wrapup.


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