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04/12/2021
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Installing new software to modernize the data capabilities of Pima County, Arizona, only took 30 minutes, but finding the willingness to take on the project and abandoning a fear of failure were the real challenges, Scott Zufelt, deputy director of the county’s Office of Data Analytics, told StateScoop last week. The county of about 1 million residents recently implemented software that allows government workers to generate reports instantaneously, but it wasn't without a few bumps. “What we had to overcome was years of how we used to do things, the willingness to change, the willingness to say there’s got to be a better way to do data," he said. Colin Wood reports.


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Andrew Cushman, Seattle’s citywide chief information security officer since 2019, announced last week that he plans to retire later this year. Cushman wrote last week that he's currently recruiting a replacement, who'll take over in the third quarter of this year. Prior to joining the city government, Cushman spent nearly two decades at Microsoft, including several years as a cybersecurity director for its video-messaging subsidiary Skype. Benjamin Freed reports.


California launches statewide homelessness data platform

California just launched a new website revealing a statewide picture of its homelessness problem and the efforts to correct it. The Homeless Data Integration System integrates data maintained by the 44 state planning bodies that coordinate services for homeless people, also known as continuums of care. “You can’t fix what you can’t measure and having a statewide data system will help us determine what’s working and what isn’t, important insight we can use to create accountability and strengthen our response going forward,” Gov. Gavin Newsom said.   Colin has details.


Utah police officers plan to use bullet-tracking technology

Utah police officers will soon have a digital record of every single round discharged from their service pistols, thanks to a new technology approved in a law signed last month by Gov. Spencer Cox. The new technology, called ShotDot, is a small device that police officers can insert into the grips of their guns that register every time a shot is fired. “We never, ever knew for absolute certainty how many rounds an officer fired,” said Ogden, Utah, Police Chief Randy Watt, whose department has been testing the technology. Ryan Johnston reports.


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