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Ashley Silver

Ashley Silver is a staff writer for Government Technology magazine. She holds an undergraduate degree in journalism from the University of Montevallo and a graduate degree in public relations from Kent State University. Silver is also a published author with a wide range of experience in editing, communications and public relations.

The state’s health insurance marketplace plans to implement Google’s Document AI in June, automating parts of its verification process for resident health insurance coverage applications.
As part of Industry Insider — California’s ongoing efforts to inform readers about state and local agencies, their IT plans and initiatives, here’s the latest in our periodic series of interviews with IT leaders. Responses have been lightly edited.
The California Health and Human Services Agency’s new IT and Data Strategic Plan underscores a resident-centric, integrated approach to services. It highlights the crucial role of IT professionals in advancing digital equity.
The county is tackling the looming wildfire threat head-on with Land Tender, a cloud-based tool offering personalized risk management and prioritization strategies for government agencies.
As a direct outcome of the responses, the city implemented a four-day workweek, which significantly reduced attrition rates and elevated overall employee morale, according to Chief Information Officer Chris McMasters.
Deploying a standalone IT department that is distinct from the General Services division will enable the coastal local government to “be more strategic and innovative in how it operates and serves its constituents,” Chief Information Officer Chris Chirgwin said.
Three Los Angeles County departments recently announced a joint plan to tackle the digital divide with a focus on IT upskilling, digital literacy through library technology and remote digital accessibility utilizing the public park system.
The new mobile application, based on a concept created as part of the UC Merced project Bodie 3D, lets visitors more fully experience the 280 state parks and their diverse histories.
The ALERTCalifornia network continues to deploy new cameras across the state. It serves wildfire researchers but also provides first responders and the public with real-time threat intelligence.