2023 State CIO Survey: Cybersecurity Number One Priority
In a survey of 49 state CIOs, cybersecurity remains the top priority—for 10 years running. The 2023 State CIO Survey: The Force of Automation and the Reality of Modernization, released October 10, reveals the findings of the National Association of State Chief Information Officers. On the related topic of cybersecurity workforce, 90% of state CIOs surveyed say they now offer hybrid or remote work. NASCIO Executive Director Doug Robinson shares the highlights of the survey on a recent NASCIO Voices podcast.
State Occupational Licensing Index: West Virginia
The Knee Center for Occupational Regulation ranks West Virginia 13th nationally in the State Occupational Licensing Index report—with number one considered the most burdensome. Of the 189 occupations that West Virginia establishes minimum entry requirements to start working, 15 of those occupations require licenses in 20 states or fewer nationally. For example, West Virginia and only two other states license foresters in training.
Iowa HHS Settles Lawsuit to Provide Adequate Mental Health Care for Kids
Iowa agreed to address issues in mental health and behavioral health access for Medicaid-eligible children as part of an interim settlement agreement. The agreement, announced October 2, was between Iowa Department of Health and Human Services Director Kelly Garcia and Disability Rights Iowa, along with other national advocacy organizations. According to the Des Moines Register, “the agreement, once a final settlement is reached, will support work state officials say is already underway to increase oversight of Iowa’s behavioral health system and ensure adequate access to its services.”