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Four Questions

Four Questions is an interview feature that appears in each issue of Government Technology Magazine. As the name implies, it sees us asking four questions of folks who work in state and local government technology.

CISO Michael Makstman explains what it takes to secure San Francisco, how the city is approaching generative AI and the importance of sharing information in the Coalition of City CISOs.
CISO Bruce Coffing on recruiting a more diverse cybersecurity workforce and the unique challenges of locking down systems in a city the size of Chicago.
Raleigh Smart City Manager John Holden on how he's using tech to make government work more efficiently, bridging pockets of innovation among neighboring jurisdictions and the upcoming Connected Triangle+ Summit.
Since his arrival in Prince William County, Va., six years ago, CIO Rob Mancini has worked toward system modernization and effective data management while striving for self-sufficient tech infrastructure.
Wanda M. Gibson talks about her priorities as CIO of Prince George's County, Md., her agency's digital equity work and the lasting impact COVID-19 has had on county IT.
As both CIO and chief security officer in Michigan, Laura Clark explains how her office is addressing IT recruitment and retention and what they’re doing to modernize major state applications.
James Farrell, CIO of Bolingbrook, Ill., outside Chicago, on his city's new chatbot, the importance of working with other jurisdictions and how he gets staff excited about tech projects.
Colorado Office of Information Technology's Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Senior Manager Sarah Consuelo Hernandez on her approach to human-centered design, increasing diversity in IT and making a lasting impact.
Jon Rogers, Indiana's director of strategic workforce planning, describes the State Earn and Learn program, which recruits participants from diverse backgrounds to spend a year at the Office of Technology and learn on the job.
CIO Tarek Tomes discusses the guiding principles of his strategy for Minnesota IT Services, the rollout of the state's streamlined benefits portal and how putting citizen experience first drives digital equity.