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Dennis Noone

Dennis Noone is Executive Editor of Industry Insider. He is a career journalist, having worked as a reporter and editor at small-town newspapers and major metropolitan dailies in California, Nevada, Texas and Virginia, including as an editor with USA Today in Washington, D.C. He lives in Northern California.

For state government, the dominant issues this year include adapting to a changing workforce, maintaining cybersecurity defenses, and ensuring that technology doesn’t overshadow the importance of people.
The leadership roles are in the Department of Parks and Recreation, the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services, the California Department of Public Health and the California Department of Technology.
In the last quarter of 2022, this state agency spent $3,167,929 on its five largest purchases of IT goods.
The California State Lottery and the Office of Systems Integration, which is part of the California Health and Human Services Agency, are seeking qualified applicants.
What should a statewide cybersecurity curriculum include? A leader in the effort is asking for guidance and suggestions.
The positions are in recruitment by the Office of Legislative Counsel, the Department of Technology and the Department of Motor Vehicles.
The goal of any proposed solution is to provide prospective applicants and staff an easier and more user-friendly way of obtaining the information they may need.
Ed Miranda, chief information officer for the Bay Area city of Newark, has succeeded Roseville CIO Hong Sae.
The state department purchased computer equipment, accessories and software dealing with system management and other functions.
Both positions call for leadership skills and technical and policy expertise as the jurisdictions expand their IT operations.
The amount that the department spent on its five largest purchases of IT goods during the fourth quarter of 2022 was more than twice what it spent in the previous quarter.
Continued focus on cybersecurity, digital transformation and cloud technology — and, ideally, expanded opportunities for smaller businesses — are on the horizon for California gov tech this year, these industry experts say.
The positions are in the California Department of Education, the California State Lottery and the California Department of Transportation.
The free job fair this week “presents an opportunity for governments to attract hard-to-hire professionals into public service roles where their skills can make a major social impact.”
“I am fortunate to find myself amongst a like-minded group of people who are passionate about improving the ability of state and local government programs to deliver digital services,” he told Industry Insider — California.
Positions are open in departments dealing with education, transportation, health and public procurement.
Workforce, government leadership, cybersecurity, and evolving technologies such as blockchain and AI will be the areas to watch, the experts say.
The newly promoted professionals are Abhilash Kuzhikat, Mona Kamdjou, Kimberly Katsuyama, Robert Kidd and Sinan Romaya.
Among the leadership changes in state IT governance at the end of the year was the retirement of George Akiyama, the longtime chief information officer for the California Department of Transportation.
The recruitments are being done by the California Department of Housing and Community Development, the Financial Information System for California, and the Employment Development Department.
He had previously served as San Francisco’s chief data officer and will now take a leadership position in the Office of Data and Innovation.
The Office of Systems Integration and the Financial Information System for California have new chief deputy directors. And two state departments are recruiting for chief information officers.
The department spent just under $2 million in the third quarter of 2022 on laptops, hard drives, cloud services and other items.
The state chief information officer and her deputy are among the new faces of leadership in the California Department of Technology.
The departments work in the areas of insurance, purchasing, technology and taxes.
The departments seeking candidates are the Department of Insurance, the Gambling Control Commission and the Franchise Tax Board.
“For my next ‘act,’ I am looking to build tech tools that help public servants do more with less,” he told Industry Insider — California.
The state’s Enterprise Technology Contract expires in March 2024, and the Department of General Services is seeking vendors’ input in hopes of getting an early start on the next iteration.
The open positions are in the departments of Aging, Conservation and Transportation and in the Office of the Secretary of State.
The Technology Delivery Services group retired its mainframe, which saved almost $3 million per year, modernized legacy applications and improved data security.