Nebraska CIO Ed Toner explains how the Cornhusker State has pivoted to telework in response to the coronavirus pandemic. 

May 04 2020

Q&A: Nebraska CIO Ed Toner on the Importance of Continuity of Operations

The state shifted to remote work in phases and has focused on maintaining critical government services.

Many state governments have had to overcome challenges related to legacy technology, move government meetings online and help thousands of government workers telework on the fly in response to the coronavirus pandemic. 

Nebraska CIO Ed Toner has led the Cornhusker State through all of that and more. Toner, who has been in his current role since 2015, has seen the vast majority of the state workforce go to remote work environments over the past month and a half. However, Toner contends, the state was methodical about how it has done so and has not seen any interruptions in services. 

As part of StateTech’s coverage of the virtual NASCIO Midyear 2020 Conference, held online due to the pandemic, we are speaking with state CIOs about how they have managed the transition to telework and how they will evolve their approach to IT service delivery moving forward. 

Toner spoke at length about Nebraska’s approach to the crisis and why he thinks the state has been well-positioned to support a remote workforce.

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