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05/20/2022
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Counties make CIO moves

Officials in Clark County, Nevada, this week confirmed Bob Leek, who’d been serving as deputy CIO since February 2021, as countywide CIO. The appointment filled a vacancy that’d been open since the resignation last November of Nadia Hansen. Leek will run a 200-person department with a $75 million budget, providing IT services to a county that surrounds Las Vegas, including the tourist-heavy Las Vegas Strip. Benjamin Freed has more.


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A good day for good-faith research

Security researchers working in “good faith” to find and expose computer security issues may have less to worry about after the Justice Department announced a revision yesterday to its historically broad approach to prosecuting crimes under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act. Under the new policy, researchers who access a computer solely for purposes of good-faith testing, investigation and/or correction of a security flaw or vulnerability in ways that minimize harm "are not to be charged." AJ Vicens reports for CyberScoop.


Vermont CIO ‘taking a step back’ on modernization projects

Vermont CIO John Quinn has been eager to talk about the $140 million his state legislature has set aside for IT modernization over the next several years. First up is the state DMV. Speaking with StateScoop at the NASCIO conference earlier this month, Quinn said it could set the tone for future projects. “I’m stepping back and looking at it from the enterprise,” he said. Watch the interview.


All-in on modernization

For the past two-and-a-half years, the IT shop behind Tennessee’s Medicaid program, TennCare, has been on a mission to automate as many things as possible, and it’s automated a lot. “We’re trying to do everything we can to make ourselves easier to deal with, easier to access, easier to apply for services, faster to get the services,” said Hugh Hale, CIO of the service that covers one-fifth of all Tennesseeans. Colin Wood has the story.


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