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It isn’t a precise accounting of exactly when and where the state’s monies will be spent, but the new bill is one of several that document how and where California’s human services spend may connect to technology and innovation during this fiscal year.
Recruitments include unit and section chiefs, principal enterprise architect and solutions development manager.
The positions are in the California Department of Social Services and the California High-Speed Rail Authority.
The new bill is one of several that illustrate how the state may spend money on technology and innovation in coming months.
Veteran technology leader Chad Crowe, who's served as the chief information officer for the California Department of Human Resources since 2008, said his new role “is a great fit for me and what I'm passionate about.”
The veteran state executive succeeds Dan Kalamaras as OSI chief. The office is part of the California Health and Human Services Agency, of which Dondro is also agency information officer.
“One thing that struck me, as I talk to the team and meet everyone, there are a lot of team members that have been part of CDCR for many years, which I think speaks to the level of commitment of the organization’s leadership and support for the team,” Richard Gillespie told Industry Insider — California.
The five top buys of the California Department of Social Services in the first quarter of 2022 were for workstations, laptops, tablets, consulting and licensing.
California, Colorado, Louisiana and Connecticut have committed to partner with Code for America’s recently launched Safety Net Innovation Lab in the first of three phases to help transform how such services are delivered to the public.
One entity is recruiting for a senior vice president of policy. Other open roles include assistant chief security officer and data architect.
Patrick Dennis told attendees at a recent Techwire Member Briefing that his department is focused on data as a way to operate more efficiently while enhancing public access to the state’s 279 park properties.
The California Department of Social Services and the Department of Cannabis Control have begun recruitments for deputy directors who will also serve as chief information officers.
One department is recruiting for a deputy director over IT. Other entities are seeking cloud architects and a senior network systems analyst.
The future of remote state work is taking shape as departments hammer out permanent policies and Gov. Gavin Newsom’s administration negotiates with unions. But how much will workers be monitored at home?
State departments with open tech positions include the California Department of Motor Vehicles, the Office of Systems Integration, the Department of Social Services, the Department of Technology and the State Water Resources Control Board.
According to the job posting, the architect “serves as the cloud solutions architecture lead at the mastery level in the evaluation and selection of technology standards/governance processes to ensure cloud solutions are aligned with CDSS strategic goals and objectives.”
Among the IT positions in recruitment by state departments are a chief, a cybersecurity architect, a network architect and a chief information officer.
Responsibilities of the position include setting objectives and goals and establishing workload priorities; securing equipment and training as needed by staff; and establishing performance metrics, workload tracking and other measures to inform the decision-making process.
Prerna Mahajan told Techwire: “I’m super excited about my new role to collaboratively work with multidisciplinary teams across CDSS, control agencies and stakeholders to provide effective project management and deliver innovative solutions to better serve the lives of Californians.”
The senior engineer and release manager for the Office of Systems Integration will work internally and with other entities on a large child-welfare project involving the state, the 58 counties and tribes.
Several bills signed into law by Gov. Gavin Newsom would provide funding for technology modernization and bring some additional oversight.
Departments with noteworthy tech openings include the departments of Technology, Public Health and Social Services.