Pandemic was a test for states’ IT preparedness, says Alaska CIO

by • 9 months ago

Alaska Chief Information Officer Bill Smith said he’s treating the rush to remote work as a case study in emergency preparedness.

Alaska finds permanent CIO after months of upheaval

by • 1 year ago

Bill Smith, a former Army official and military contractor, was hired Nov. 18, after a year in which the state shuffled through four other chief information officers.

Alaska appoints new acting CIO, the fourth in two years

by • 1 year ago

The Alaska Office of Information Technology has struggled to maintain consistent leadership in recent months as new CIOs come and go.

Former Alaska CISO Shannon Lawson takes role with Phoenix

by • 2 years ago

Phoenix CIO Matthew Arvay told StateScoop that Lawson, who left the Alaska government in late December, will start with the city in early April.

Former Alaska CISO touts new statewide security contract

by • 2 years ago

Shannon Lawson said new Gov. Mike Dunleavy asked for his resignation, but praised a new contract that empowers all public entities in the state to buy cybersecurity tools.

Cybersecurity, consolidation mature in Alaska as new governor takes office

by • 2 years ago

Alaska CISO Shannon Lawson says the state is now preparing to make an unprecedented investment in cybersecurity tools from a variety of vendors.

Alaska's first statewide CIO, tasked with IT consolidation, resigns

by • 3 years ago

Bill Vajda, the first Alaskan technology official granted the governor's authority to lead an IT consolidation, has departed state government after less than 18 months in the role.

Alaska's Gov. Walker orders creation of emergency communications governing board

by • 3 years ago

The new 13-member body is charged with advising the legislative and executive branches as the state upgrades to the next generation of technology.

Five states to modernize eligibility systems in new pilot partnership

by • 3 years ago

Alaska, Colorado, Louisiana, Michigan and Vermont are getting some help with their public-benefits eligibility systems.