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What CIOs Should Plan for in 2022, With Teri Takai — ICYMI

In this week's episode we take a look at artificial intelligence news from Vermont, which governors are showing the most tech interest and talk with Teri Takai about government's changing workforce.

Last week the "In Case You Missed It" crew focused on one topic: cybersecurity.

This week is more of a grab bag, ranging from AI to gubernatorial activity to government workforce.

First, the crew took a look at AI. States began studying AI through a policy and implementation lens back in 2017, oftentimes through special task forces. Since then some states have taken steps to create commissions or committees on the topic, including Vermont.

Next they examined state of the state addresses in a yearly feature that rates governors' speeches on how tech-focused they are. Jed Pressgrove took a closer look at some interesting technology proposals from Idaho Gov. Brad Little.


The nature of government work, and its workforce, is changing. To answer our questions about how agencies can respond, we invited Teri Takai, vice president of the Center for Digital Government* and former CIO for Michigan, California and the Department of Defense.

"Every single agency is struggling with being able to get people," Takai said. "And I'm a firm believer that there are technologies that we can bring to bear to do operational efficiency, to take out manual work, [and] that can help agencies, not just the technology folks."


For more insight into cybersecurity, IT and the ever-changing digital landscape, register for the 2022 Beyond the Beltway virtual event. The annual briefing brings together top analysts and government leaders to share their insights into the state and local technology markets.


“In Case You Missed It” returns on Feb. 4. Stay tuned for more details!

“In Case You Missed It” is Government Technology’s weekly news roundup and interview live show featuring e.Republic* Chief Innovation Officer Dustin Haisler, Deputy Chief Innovation Officer Joe Morris and Gov Tech Assistant News Editor Jed Pressgrove as they bring their analysis and insight to the week’s most important stories in state and local government.

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*The Center for Digital Government is part of e.Republic, Government Technology’s parent company.
Dustin Haisler is the Chief Innovation Officer of Government Technology's parent company e.Republic. Previously the finance director and later CIO for Manor, Texas, a small city outside Austin, Haisler quickly built a track record and reputation as an early innovator in civic tech. As Chief Innovation Officer, Haisler has a strategic role to help shape the company’s products, services and future direction. Primarily, he leads e.Republic Labs, a market connector created as an ecosystem to educate, accelerate and ultimately scale technology innovation within the public sector. Read his full bio.
Jed Pressgrove has been a writer and editor for about 15 years. He received a bachelor’s degree in journalism and a master’s degree in sociology from Mississippi State University.
Joseph Morris is the Deputy Chief Innovation Officer of Government Technology's parent company e.Republic and a national keynote speaker on issues, trends and drivers impacting state and local government and education. He has authored publications and reports on funding streams, technology investment areas and public-sector priorities, and has led roundtables, projects and initiatives focused on issues within the public sector. Joe has conducted state and local government research with e.Republic since 2007 and knows the ins and outs of government on all levels. He received his Bachelor of Arts in government and international relations from the California State University, Sacramento.