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California Government: Demonstrating the Value of IT while addressing potential upcoming budget challenges

December 15, 2022 | 11:30 AM12:30 PM

This session is offered to CA government leaders, to provide key guidance in support of the pending budget updates.

Purpose: Provide guidance on how to begin thinking about the impact on IT, if California’s budget revenue projections are lower than expected, as projected by the California Legislative Analyst’s Office (

Highlights of the Session:

  • Techniques for helping government cut costs but within known and politically acceptable risks.

  • Assessing the context and the drivers for the cost reduction requests and preparing a responsive menu of options for possible cuts to be considered.

  • How to frame discussions with internal “program” leaders. Work with the Program divisions to ensure they understand the impact of IT budget reductions on their ability to deliver services to the citizens of California.

  • What are some of the opportunities to leverage technology to improve service delivery and drive better outcomes for citizens at a lower cost.

  • Specific capabilities and tools you can access to find opportunities to cut costs.

  • Access to Cost Reduction Evaluation Worksheet Template.


John Kost, Distinguished VP Analyst

As a Distinguished Vice President Analyst in Government research, John Kost focuses on the ability of government to execute transformation by engaging senior government political and executive leaders in understanding and improving the role of the government CIO, IT governance models, citizen experience management, critical success factors for shared services and centralization, and, for IT executives, in mastering the politics of IT leadership in government. Mr. Kost is internationally renowned for his work in IT governance, government transformation, information technology management and procurement reform.  Mr. Kost spent 20 years in government in the state of Michigan, where he was actively involved at executive levels in government transformation and management reform. His tenure culminated in his becoming state chief information officer, the first state CIO in the United States. (

Who:      This session is being offered to state & local government leaders

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