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Lauren Kinkade

Managing Editor

Lauren Kinkade is the managing editor for Government Technology magazine. She has a degree in English from the University of California, Berkeley, and more than 15 years’ experience in book and magazine publishing.

Facebook. TikTok. X. In a year that saw major upheaval across popular social platforms, are these sites still viable options for delivering vital public information?
In 2023, we checked in with states on where they are with updating their major systems of record, from DMVs to ERPs. Many are overcoming tech debt with the end goal of a better resident experience.
Washington CIO Bill Kehoe and Chief of Staff Amy Pearson explain that while their agency is fully remote and even hiring out-of-state talent, they still find ways to bring staff together on big projects.
States are starting to hire experts to navigate both the opportunities and the trickier aspects of AI. Maryland's Nishant Shah says job No. 1 is establishing a set of principles that set the foundation for everything else.
Noting that a CIO doesn’t necessarily need to be a tech expert, South Carolina’s interim IT chief Nathan Hogue plans to use his deep relationships at the state to understand where they can best invest resources.
Dickie Howze is the second-longest serving state CIO on the job today. Here, he talks with GT about how private-sector partners can successfully engage with Louisiana given its consolidated IT structure.
Washington’s first chief data officer, Irene Vidyanti, outlines the three main components of the state’s nascent enterprise data program, which will ultimately work together in a “symbiotic relationship.”
Nevada CIO Timothy Galluzi details a recent organizational change that acknowledges technology as the “great enabler” of state government, positioning his team to be a more strategic partner to other departments.
At the NASCIO Annual conference in Minneapolis, Arkansas CTO Jonathan Askins echoed the sentiments of his peers in his cautious optimism about AI in government and said they won’t have a second chance to get it right.
As federal funding for local government cybersecurity comes down through state governments, North Carolina CIO James Weaver explains why it’s essential that projects aren’t just “one and done.”