Government tech execs at the Federal and state level offered advice and tips on how they are approaching the pressing need to recruit more data scientists into their organizations as reliance on data-centric technologies like artificial intelligence continues to grow.

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee signed into law last week legislation aimed at protecting the personal health data of all Washingtonians, making the state the first in the nation to codify into law broad protections for consumer health data.

From the very beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, public health officials understood that using data to gather insights from otherwise inert information across the entire health ecosystem would improve public health outcomes, but raising the value of that data requires a lot of work, according to several public health officials.

Michael Watson, chief information security officer at the Virginia Information Technologies Agency (VITA), ran down the state agency’s latest actions to leverage its data sources at Splunk’s GovSummit event on Dec. 14.

Williamson County, Texas, faced with a massive increase in its data storage needs tied to law enforcement needs, has been putting in place creative and cost-effective solutions to improve its digital evidence management system.

Ken Pfeil, who became chief data officer (CDO) for the Commonwealth of Virginia in April, says that the most difficult aspect of his new job with the state is also proving to be the most surprising.

The National Academy of Public Administration (NAPA) on August 8 released a new report for the U.S. Social Security Administration (SSA) on current and potential sources of state death data used by Federal agencies for program administration and payment integrity and pointing to ways for better government cooperation in the sharing of that data.

A group 10 of state attorneys general (AG) wrote a letter to Congress encouraging the legislators to set a Federal floor for critical privacy rights— and not a ceiling— while respecting important work already done by states to provide strong privacy protections for their residents.

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