How to Recruit Tech Talent
Indiana CIO Tracy Barnes explains his efforts to recruit tech talent on StateScoop’s Priorities podcast on June 22. He focuses on marketing and communication, especially building social media campaigns to share the innovation occurring at state agencies. In addition, he shares how he builds his workforce using the state’s award-winning earn and learn program. For this program, they train people from non-tech backgrounds to take on tech roles. The state provides on-the-job training, education and hands-on activities with agencies and departments to get trainees “ready to dive in and be productive on day 1,” says Barnes.
High Availability of State Services a Priority for Neb. CIO
For Nebraska CIO Ed Toner, the high availability and business continuity of state services tops his list of priorities. In his CIO Blog on May 30, he mentions searching and searching for this priority in NASCIO’s Top 10 State Priorities and found this way back in 2016—as the 10th priority. He asks, “Is it because we have no competition for our services, so our customers don’t expect as much from us?” He explains how the state of Nebraska works towards high availability to better serve the public.
Judge Dismisses La. Hair Braiding License Case
A judge dismissed a case that challenges the requirements to obtaining a hair braiding license in Louisiana. According to WGNO, the manager of a hair braiding salon, Ashley N’Dakpri, who filed the lawsuit, plans to appeal the ruling; “I don’t understand why I need to get a license to braid hair when I’ve been doing so for happy customers for years. I know what I’m doing,” explained N’Dakpri, manager at Afro Touch Braidin. Her attorney from the Institute for Justice intends to challenge what he calls “unconstitutional licensing restrictions.”