L.A. County CIO Bill Kehoe to take top IT job in Washington state
Gov. Jay Inslee said Kehoe, a former county and state agency CIO, will take over Washington Technology Solutions in August.
King County, Washington, bans facial recognition
The county, which includes Seattle, became the first county government to institute an outright ban on the controversial surveillance technology.
How State of Washington is modernizing for a cloud-native world
When the Washington State’s Health Benefits Exchange earmarked their API management tool as legacy, its leaders turned to an open source, cloud-based tool to modernize.
Washington state switches on earthquake early-warning system
A system already used in California and Oregon, called ShakeAlert, went live in Washington, but third-party apps, which are faster, aren't available there yet.
D.C. police chief confirms personnel files stolen in ransomware attack
The group responsible, Babuk, said it's shutting down, though many ransomware actors simply regroup under different names.
Florida House advances broad privacy bill as states weigh data protections
The bill could be more sweeping than even California's 2018 law, but one attorney said it may be motivated by political grievances with the tech industry.
States can play greater role in shaping grid cybersecurity, NGA says
Many states have created dedicated task forces and other bodies focused on protecting power utilities from cyberattacks, a new NGA report shows.
Unemployment fraud possibly topped $1 billion in 2020, Washington state auditor says
The state unemployment agency identified at least $647 million in phony payments paid out during the COVID-19 pandemic, but disputes auditors' higher estimate.
NGA picks four states for latest cyber policy academy
Kansas, Missouri, Montana and Washington will work with the National Governors Association to develop policies that may one day be shared with other states.