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12/28/2021
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New York's vaccine pass adds vets

New York Gov. Kathy Hochul said yesterday that the state’s COVID-19 vaccine verification mobile app, Excelsior Pass, has been updated to download records for vaccinations administered by the Department of Veterans’ Affairs. The change, which is expected to benefit about 117,000 New York veterans who got their shots from the VA, came after Hochul issued an executive order to get around a federal rule that prevents the VA from sharing data with a state agency. State CIO Angelo "Tony" Riddick, a 30-year Army veteran, said the update has finally allowed him to use Excelsior Pass. Benjamin Freed reports.


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Out of 'crisis mode,' into something new

With help from vaccines, improved digital services and a rejuvenated remote workforce, city technology officials say they’ve successfully navigated out of the “crisis mode” they entered in 2020 to deal with COVID-19 pandemic. But there’s still plenty of work left to address long-term issues, like digital equity. Austin CIO Chris Stewart said that city government has found a new sense of “normalcy” this year. Read more from Ryan Johnston.


CTO job to get bigger

With a new mayor on the way in, New York City CTO John Paul Farmer said last week he's on his way out of City Hall. Mayor-elect Eric Adams' pick to succeed Farmer, NYPD tech chief Matt Fraser, is expected to broaden the CTO role, with new oversight of the city's Department of Information Technology & Telecommunications. Ryan had the story.


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