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The department has launched a pilot program that allows tipsters to text information and photographs to the Californians Turn in Poachers and Polluters (CalTIP) program.
The state senate approved a bill Thursday that will modernize California’s 911 infrastructure to receive texts from the public.
A bill to require the government to receive price quotes from businesses run by disabled veterans when they consider new IT projects is winding its way through the state Legislature, in an attempt to get state government to invest in more small businesses.
Senate Bill 893 would restrict the use of images from automated license plate readers (ALPR) for non-law enforcement purposes. One amendment stipulates that any security breach must be reported directly to those affected, and if the bill passes, motorists who feel their rights have been violated can bring civil action.
When he proposed his budget earlier this year, Gov. Jerry Brown said the state’s libraries should be allowed to connect to a faster Internet network that serves the education and research communities.
Most Americans expect technology and science will one day bring about useful inventions like custom-grown human organs developed in labs. But their optimism comes with concern about the potential social changes of futuristic technology.
It’s officially spring break for California’s legislature, although the past few weeks have seen a surge of technology-related bills. Here are a few of the bills Techwire is following.
A Sacramento Democrat is promoting legislation that would impose an array of restrictions on how the state outsources personal services contracts, including when the state could fire IT and other contractors for poor performance or overspending.
The head of the California Department of Technology is scheduled to appear Wednesday before the Senate Rules Committee in a step toward his official confirmation as director.
San Francisco app start-up company Appallicious announced Wednesday that it has hired former White House official Ashley De Smeth as the firm’s director of development and government affairs.
Just in time for tax season, State Controller John Chiang launched a new website Friday to track the latest totals for personal income, sales and corporate tax receipts.
Marnell Voss has been appointed acting deputy director of the Statewide Technology Procurement Division (STPD) at the Department of Technology (CalTech), spokesman Anthony Lewis confirmed on Tuesday.
Sacramento has taken the number two spot on the U.S. City Open Data Census in its number of publicly available data sets, behind only San Francisco.
The state has not yet conducted an internal review of its ill-fated universal payroll system project over fears the findings could impact a pending lawsuit against the contractor, according to a nonpartisan report released this week.
The California Department of Technology (CalTech) on Friday released its Strategic Plan 2014 Update, pledging to revamp its procurement process, better train IT teams and be transparent about the challenges of large IT projects.
The third round of the Education Technology K-12 Voucher Program will give $188.4 million for 8,000 California public schools and districts to share, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson announced on Tuesday.
Gov. Jerry Brown has appointed Rebecca Stilling, 59, of Sacramento, as the new deputy director of the California Department of Technology’s Information Technology Project Oversight and Consulting Division.
The federal government Thursday released a YouTube video to ask individuals from the private sector to work with them to help make government worker better.
The city of San Francisco has wooed a former IT official from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory to be its first chief data officer, according to a recent exchange on Twitter.
The Los Angeles Unified School District has selected Microsoft Office 365 as the email client for their faculty and staff.
Google has moved its mysterious, four-story barge out of a San Francisco Bay island to a new home at the Port of Stockton, according to The Associated Press.
Cybersecurity breaches at large corporations such as Target often garner the most media attention, but half of all cyberattacks are aimed at businesses with fewer than 2,500 employees, according to a new guide released Thursday by California Attorney General Kamala Harris.
Saying California is increasingly vulnerable to both foreign and domestic cyber security attacks, Assembly Speaker John Perez has introduced legislation that would bring government and private experts together to advise the state on how to better protect itself.
California’s massive IT overhaul initiative FI$Cal now has a contract with CherryRoad Technologies Inc., subcontracted with M Corp to identify and migrate legacy systems data into a new system.
Microsoft on Wednesday launched its new cloud storage service OneDrive, offering 7 gigabytes of free storage to users.
Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday appointed John Boule as the chief IT strategist for the California Health and Human Services Agency.
Sacramento-based Quest Technology Management intends to open a second data center in the region to meet the rising demand of corporate IT outsourcing.
The Obama Administration on Wednesday released a Cybersecurity Framework, a set of voluntary federal guidelines intended to help U.S. businesses protect themselves against cyber attacks.
Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti on Tuesday named his city’s first innovation technology chief, a former executive at Qualcomm Labs, Inc. and Mattel.
As California ventures into cloud computing, the state’s rules have come from established structures and standards developed by the federal government, a top state official said.