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09/27/2021
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Center for Internet Security has new election leads

Two of the former statewide election officials recently hired to lead the Center for Internet Security’s election security efforts said Friday that the partisan ballot review in Maricopa County, Arizona, undermined the work of election officials on the ground. “It’s the very opposite of what election officials around the country have been working to do,” said former Pennsylvania Secretary of the Commonwealth Kathy Boockvar, who started earlier this month as CIS’s new vice president of election operations and support. Boockvar's comments were echoed by Marci Andino, a former elections director in South Carolina, who'll soon start as the director of the Elections Infrastructure ISAC. Benjamin Freed reports.


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New Phoenix CIO aims for collaboration

Steen Hambric, who was recently promoted by the City of Phoenix as its new chief information officer, told StateScoop last week he has his sights set on improving interdepartmental communication and collaboration throughout the city. “There’s a lot of IT that happens at a decentralized level throughout the city,” he said. “And we just need to do a lot better job of coordinating and collaborating across departments.” Ryan Johnston spoke with Hambric.


FCC commits $1.2B in emergency funds to connect students

The FCC on Friday announced it’s committed $1.2 billion in an initial funding wave to help students across the U.S. get access to the digital tools they need for learning, including broadband and digital devices. The funding will go toward 3,040 schools, 260 libraries and 24 consortia that applied for support from its $7.2 billion Emergency Connectivity Fund program, which was authorized as part of the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan. John Hewitt Jones has details.


Police in rural Ohio are using VR for empathy training

A pilot project based out of Ohio University that uses virtual reality to train police officers to be more empathetic is showing great promise so far, researcher told StateScoop. John Born, a former Ohio State Highway Patrol colonel, told StateScoop the technology is the best shot at improving non-tactical police training that he’s seen over his 32-year career. The project is centered on improving the accessibility of training to a region with few resources.  “Agencies in Southeast Ohio or Appalachia are at the point where they don’t have the funding or necessarily the resources to be able to send people three hours away to training,” Born said. Colin Wood has the story.


North Dakota hires new chief customer success officer

Evonne Amundson, a former director of a health software company, will be tasked with integrating technology into the state’s business procedures. Ryan has more.


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