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Top state IT leader wins Denver Business Journal award

September 1, 2020

Anthony Neal-Graves, the chief operations officer for the Governor’s Office of Information Technology, is one of the recipients of the Denver Business Journal’s C-Suite Awards, which stems from nominations by coworkers, superiors or friends


DMV creates first online-specific version of driver resources

August 20, 2020

For the first time, the Division of Motor Vehicles has created a version of its driver handbook specifically for online users, which people can access on the DMV website or through the myColorado app.


Colorado CIO Theresa Szczurek to step down next month

August 11, 2020

After more than a year-and-a-half as the state’s top technology official, Colorado Chief Information Officer Theresa Szczurek will step down next month. 


Colorado to launch one-stop sales-tax calculation and remittance system

July 22, 2020

Colorado is expected to fully launch its first one-stop sales-tax calculation and remittance system, meaning businesses that ship products no longer have to go through the convoluted process of figuring out which of 700-plus districts they must send their tax-revenue payments to, officials say.


Revealed: Colorado CIO of the YEAR ORBIE Award winners

July 20, 2020

Colorado CIO, Theresa Szczurek wins the Public Sector CIO of the Year Award


Uncertain Times Fueling a Shift in State Broadband Efforts

May 15, 2020

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has inspired the birth of new state broadband programs, but it has also raised questions about funding and the longer term future for other programs aimed at bolstering connectivity.


Szczurek: IT helps us get through COVID-19

May 7, 2020 

Information technology has never been more important. Consider how IT is helping us all function in this challenging time of COVID-19


myColorado app connects residents to COVID-19 resources and state benefits

April 21, 2020

The myColorado mobile app helps Coloradans stay current about COVID-19 information and access food, cash, medical and early childhood assistance on the Colorado PEAK website


New website aims to be a one-stop shop for Coloradans to find jobs and services

April 20, 2020

On Monday, technology company Bitwise Industries and the Kapor Center launched a new website for Coloradans to find jobs and connect to other vital services. Onward Colorado is described as a one-stop shop for those who have lost their jobs due to the novel coronavirus pandemic.


Colorado adds COVID-19 info to state's mobile app

March 27, 2020

The Colorado Office of Information Technology said Friday it’s added new features to myColorado, the state government’s mobile app, reflecting the measures the state has taken in response to the novel coronavirus pandemic.


States spend big on remote-working tech, brace for unemployment

March 24, 2020

As more U.S. cities and counties issue shelter-in-place orders, state governments are spending big on laptops and software licenses to ensure their employees can continue to run the government remotely.


How States Are Expanding Broadband Access

Feb. 27, 2020

Broadband is increasingly intertwined with the daily functions of modern life. It is transforming agriculture, supporting economic development initiatives, and is a critical piece of efforts to improve health care and modernize transportation. But the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) estimates that 21 million Americans still lack broadband access.


Colorado CISO details SamSam ransomware attack, recovery

Feb. 25, 2020

The SamSam ransomware attack on Colorado's Department of Transportation ultimately made the state's cybersecurity program stronger -- so much so that it likely prevented repeat attacks.


State CIOs strive to craft unified, simple user experiences

Feb. 19, 2020

Chief information officers are increasingly focused on improving the citizen experience online, state IT leaders told StateScoop. Colorado State CIO Theresa Szczurek says that to connect with their residents, the state has adopted an “anywhere, anytime” mindset.


Great user experience starts with understanding customers, says Colorado CIO

Feb. 18, 2020

The ideal user experience — or a “delightful” one, to borrow the preferred nomenclature of Colorado Chief Information Officer Theresa Szczurek — isn’t best accomplished as an afterthought. Listen to the StateScoop podcast with our CIO.


How Colorado turned an idea into a real digital services agency

Feb. 18, 2020

Colorado was not the first state to create an office dedicated to building out its digital-government services by recruiting civic-minded techies. Agencies in California and Georgia have been building more “user-centric” online services, websites and forms for years, but the Colorado Digital Service that Gov. Jared Polis announced last year may be of a different breed.


How Can State and Local Agencies Better Collaborate on Cybersecurity?

Feb. 12, 2020

For example, Colorado has created the Colorado Threat Information Sharing network, which enables the rapid sharing of “threat information, indicators and other pertinent information among state agencies and local governments, industry and other non government entities.”


State moving ahead on businesses paying taxes online

Feb. 7, 2020

Colorado businesses moved a step closer to paying taxes online by the State hiring vendors to create the website, the coalition behind the effort said Friday.


Colorado IT Office Names New Chief Strategy Officer

Feb. 5, 2020

The state of Colorado's Office of Information Technology (OIT) has hired Julia Richman as its new chief strategy officer. The position will focus on the convergence of strategy, product management, business architecture, as well as marketing and communications, Richman told Government Technology

Colorado hires new chief technology officer

Jan. 14, 2020

Alex Pettit joins Gov. Jared Polis’ administration from the State of Oregon, where he served as chief information officer. He was also chief enterprise architect for the Secretary of State.




2017

VETERANS OFFER A BLEND OF DISCIPLINE & TECHNICAL EXPERIENCE

WALK & TALK: USING CHAT BOTS TO ROCK THE BOAT IN COLORADO
Sep. 5, 2017
In Colorado's information technology office, the state's enterprise service desk manager is aligning his efforts with the vision and strategy of the agency as a whole.

WALK & TALK: PIONEERING A NEW OPEN WORKSPACE FOR COLORADO
Aug. 22, 2017
Colorado Digital Transformation Officer Brandon Williams takes the walk and talk series inside and shows off the state IT agency's new open workspace.

WALK & TALK: ENHANCING MAJOR INCIDENT MANAGEMENT IN COLORADO
Aug.11, 2017
Colorado Digital Transformation Officer Brandon Williams highlights how Colorado responds to problems or issues across the IT enterprise.

WALK & TALK: MOVING DEEPER INTO GOOGLE ENTERPRISE SERVICES

WALK & TALK: BRINGING DEVOPS TO COLORADO'S IT SHOP
July 20, 2017
Colorado Digital Transformation Officer Brandon Williams highlights the state IT office's efforts to use DevOps to change how government works.

WALK & TALK: MAKING MEETINGS MOBILE IN COLORADO
July 12, 2017
Colorado Digital Transformation Officer Brandon Williams highlights the Colorado Governor's Office of Information Technology's efforts to make video conferencing a truly mobile experience.

WALK & TALK: COLORADO'S BASEBALL-LOVING IT COMMS LEAD
June 26, 2017
In a new series from StateScoop TV, Colorado Digital Transformation Officer Brandon Williams highlights the work of his colleagues across state government — starting with Chief Communications Officer Tauna Lockhart.

FOR FUNDING, COLORADO CYBERSECURITY CHIEF SAYS STRATEGY FIRST
March 13, 2017
Using her own state as an example, Colorado CISO Debbi Blyth says legislators are more willing to invest in cybersecurity if they can see specific strategies to measure success.

COLORADO ANNOUNCES SINGLE SIGN-ON FOR CITIZEN SERVICES
March 7, 2017
With an RFP on the way, state technology leaders are striving for technology and services as sleek as those built by companies like Amazon and government innovators like 18F.

COLORADO'S NEW GIS PORTAL
March 7, 2017
The website is intended to showcase geospatial services and transform how state agencies use and understand their data.

COLORADO'S DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION OFFICER FINDS 'AMAZING' WORK IN SMALL PLACES
March 3, 2017
Brandon Williams is one of a few state officials across the country charged with "transformation," the art of poking around for small changes that can add up to something big.

TECHNOLOGY IN FIREFIGHTING
Feb. 2017
FirstNet and its partner, organizations and companies are working to bring the very best devices, network, applications and capabilities in order to transform wildland firefighting.

USE OF SIMULATION AND EMERGING TECHNOLOGIES
Feb. 10, 2017
The Colorado Governor’s Office of Information Technology and FirstNet explored some emerging technologies with the potential for improving simulation training at the recent Fire Leadership Challenge 2016, sponsored by the Colorado State Fire Chiefs Association.
The Colorado Governor’s Office of Information Technology and FirstNet explored some emerging technologies with the potential for improving simulation training at the recent Fire Leadership Challenge 2016, sponsored by the Colorado State Fire Chiefs Association.

CHANNELING MACGYVER, OIT OFFERS GOOGLE SHEETS DATA SHARING HACK
Feb. 7, 2017
Looking for an engaging way to share data with your residents, at a fraction of the cost of Salesforce or other large-scale tools? The Colorado Governor’s Office of Information Technology has you covered. Using Google Sheets, the OIT has found a way that state IT departments can enable data sharing on a shoestring budget.

COLORADO LAYS GROUNDWORK FOR NATIONWIDE HIGH-SPEED NETWORK FOR PUBLIC SAFETY
Jan. 20, 2017
Brian Shepherd, broadband program manager in the Colorado Governor’s Office of Information Technology, was recently interviewed by Homeland Preparedness News. He addressed how the state is preparing for the new network and how technology is evolving for first responders.

WHAT INNOVATION LOOKS LIKE IN COLORADO
Nov. 21, 2016
New roles, initiatives and events are changing how Colorado's technology does business and the types of workers leaders hope to attract.

COLORADO NAMES FIRST DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION OFFICER
Nov. 2, 2016
The Colorado Governor's Office of Information Technology solidified a national trend of citizen-centric service delivery Wednesday with an announcement of the state's first digital transformation officer.

STATE IT LEADERS LEVERAGE TECHNOLOGY TO SPUR ECONOMIC GROWTH
Sept. 30, 2016
States that invest in technology opportunities at home are poised for big payoffs. Colorado, for example, added 6,578 IT jobs in 2015, state officials say.

FIRSTNET'S FIRST STEPS
Sept. 6, 2016
When talking about the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet), a common theme emerges: time. Some early testers of the planned multibillion-dollar nationwide network say there’s not enough of it, while critics ask why the it's taking so long to get the system up and running.

COMCAST READY TO BUILD FORT COLLINS CALL CENTER
Sept. 2, 2016
Work to convert part of the HP campus in southeast Fort Collins into a $7.5 million call center for Comcast Cable Corp. is nearly ready to begin.

COLORADO BUILDING MAP OF BROADBAND INFRASTRUCTURE TO GUIDE FUTURE EXPANSION
July 27, 2016
The state's IT shop is hoping to collect data from localities on which sections of the state still lack access to high-speed internet infrastructure.

MEET THE STATESCOOP 50 GOLDENGOV NOMINEES
March 30, 2016
In this Q&A, StateScoop introduces StateScoop 50 GoldenGov nominee Suma Nallapati, the chief information officer for Colorado.

FAST ENTERPRISES MODERNIZING COLORADO DMV SYSTEMS
Feb. 4, 2016
Continuing a string of successful projects with state motor vehicle agencies, government software and services provider Fast Enterprises, LLC (FAST) is now working with Colorado to completely modernize the state’s DMV systems.

OIT MAKES TREMENDOUS STRIDES IN UPGRADING ITS CYBERSECURITY PROTOCOLS
Jan. 11, 2016
Deborah Blyth, Chief Information Security Officer, and Tauna Lockhart, Chief Communications Officer, for the state of Colorado sat down with GovLoop to share their success story.

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