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StateScoop features the latest leaders and innovators, news and events in state and local government technology. StateScoop gathers top leaders from across government, academia and the tech industry to discuss ways technology can improve government, and to exchange best practices and identify ways to achieve common goals.




Why state and local agencies need to prepare for cryptocurrencies

Cryptocurrency has ushered in a new way for consumers and businesses to transfer value. That’s presenting new challenges — but also new opportunities — for state and local governments and law enforcement agencies, according to Kat Faley, director of state and local government at Chainalysis, a blockchain data and software service provider. “A lot of people think about crypto as this digital platform, which is certainly true. But we also know that there are almost 35,000 Bitcoin ATMs located...


Simplifying government operations to deliver a better user experience

The State of Oklahoma and the City of Philadelphia are using key partnerships to simplify network architecture and lower operational costs, says Juniper Networks’ practice leader for state and local government, Ben Caruso. He highlights how state and local agencies can continue to optimize and security for their expanded networks for their remote workforce. Guest: Ben Caruso, Practice Leader, State and Local Government, Juniper Networks Host: Wyatt Kash, SVP, Content Strategy, Scoop News...


Using partners to get to the cloud

State and local government agencies are looking for more effective ways to deliver public services, including modernizing their IT systems to keep up with service demand. Many agencies, however, are still just starting their journeys to the cloud in earnest — assessing where to start, what’s needed and what to expect. While managing large migrations to the cloud may seem like a daunting task, organizations can still realize quick gains by working with specialized cloud services firms and...


Priorities — Season 7, Episode 1: Nelson Moe looks back at his tenure as Virginia's CIO

StateScoop's Priorities Podcast has a new home on Soundcloud. Follow the revamped show at: and at __ On today’s episode of the Priorities Podcast, the Pew Charitable Trusts are warning governors and legislators to be wary of an impending financial “cliff” after the recent influx of federal aid expires.…-financial-cliff/ NASCIO’s latest federal advocacy priorities are out, and state CIOs are...


Rise of multi-cloud as an emerging priority and focus for state governments

Though the 2022 list of top priorities for state chief information officers looks similar that of 2021, state government remains in a time of great change as the coronavirus pandemic enters its third year, according to experts from Deloitte. Deloitte's Meghan Sullivan and Thomas Beck point specifically to the rise of multi-cloud as an emerging priority and focus for state governments. Using multiple cloud instances and providers has become essential for states to provide robust services for...


Building robust identity and access management tools

State and local governments have made “massive strides,” on their ability to deliver citizen services in response to the coronavirus pandemic, but there’s still quite a bit of work to be done, according to Auth0’s Salman Ladha. “I think we’re moving in the right direction,” says Ladha. “Not only has identity and access management jumped in terms of its priorities, but also on the tools [agencies] are looking to implement.” Guest: Salman Ladha, Product Marketing Manager, Auth0 Host: Jake...


Building greater digital equity for constituents to access government services

The shift in the workforce landscape has made upgrading and improving network infrastructure a necessity. In a new podcast, Cisco and Presidio discuss how state and local agencies confront the digital divide across communities in the U.S. and ensure constituents can access resources with reliable broadband connectivity. Guests: Meghan Steele, Senior Director, U.S. Public Sector East, Cisco and Dan Lohrmann, Field CISO, Public Sector, Presidio Look for more coverage of “IT Modernization in...


Priorities — Season 6, Episode 12: 2021 Year-in-Review

StateScoop editors Colin Wood and Benjamin Freed review some of the year's top trends.


Post-pandemic, state IT is in a ‘time for reflection and change’

As state government information technology leaders gathered for their first in-person conference since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, industry leaders say the moment offers government a “time for reflection and change.” On a new StateScoop podcast, underwritten by Tanium, Jennifer Axt and Gary Buonacorsi said the response to the pandemic has changed the way state CIOs are thinking, and will radically shift how they operate going forward. Guests: Jennifer Axt, VP, U.S. SLED, Tanium...


Priorities — Season 6, Episode 11: Infrastructure Week

NASCIO's Matt Pincus and New Jersey CISO Michael Geraghty break down the influx of federal funding for broadband and cybersecurity.


Using AIOps to improve IT performance

CIOs are constantly challenged to deliver more IT services, typically without added resources. One way they and their IT departments are overcoming that challenge is by deploying AI-powered observability and operations platforms, says Willie Hicks, public sector chief technology officer at Dynatrace. These newer generation platforms can vastly improve the ability for IT and security teams to identify application dependencies and resolve network performance issues, especially as they expand...


Priorities — Season 6, Episode 10: Cybersecurity

On this episode of Priorities, StateScoop Technology Editor Benjamin Freed sits down with Arizona's Secretary of Homeland Security Tim Roemer to talk about the state's cybersecurity operation, and more.


The intersection between network and security modernization

State and local IT leaders have been investing in network modernization well before the COVID pandemic hit. But the surge in demands from the public, and the need to support employees working remotely, have added new urgency to those investment strategies. They’ve also demanded that greater attention be paid to enabling applications, says Anthony Battista, managing director of solutions architecture at Verizon. The pandemic forced public agencies to “change from a premises-based focus to an...


Priorities — Season 6, Episode 9: GIS

GIS officials from Washington and Oregon discuss their work supporting wildfire response and recovery and murder hornet tracking.


Priorities — Season 6, Episode 8: Budget, Cost Control, Fiscal Management

Iowa CIO Annette Dunn and Utah CIO Alan Fuller discuss federal relief funding.


Building dynamic and secure networks

For many government agencies, the COVID-19 pandemic highlighted the necessity of digitizing citizen-facing services. With demand overwhelming agency networks, numerous federal and state agencies are turning to software-defined networks or managed broadband, to better integrate modern web applications. “As applications become much smarter, the networks that they depend on need to be more dynamic, redundant and secure,” says James Clevenger, director of sales and business development at...


Priorities — Season 6, Episode 7: Customer Relationship Management

Texas CIO Amanda Crawford and New Jersey CTO Christopher Rein discuss CRM efforts in their states.


Priorities — Season 6, Episode 6: Broadband & Wireless Connectivity

Ryan Kudera, Wyoming’s broadband manager, and Anna Read with the Pew Charitable Trusts, discuss current issues facing states and their broadband programs.


Modernizing citizen identity for digital government services

Identity architect Jeet Shah shares how a developer centric IAM solution is helping agencies speed up citizen application development with a seamless and secure user experience. “Citizens today expect efficient and effective online services from their government. Whether they're registering their vehicle or applying for a hunting permit, citizens want to engage with the government in a way that's similar to their other online experiences,” says Shah. That includes easier accessibility to...


Priorities — Season 6, Episode 5: Cloud Services

Utah's John Angus and California's Liana Bailey-Crimmins and Scott MacDonald talk cloud services.