In addition to comments from department leaders, previous end-of-year forums have included a year in review and a look ahead to the coming year, followed by a question-and-answer session for those in the industry.
State departments focused on health care, technology, transportation and fire management are recruiting for these key positions.
Funding for technology work in the 2023-2024 fiscal year state budget may offer clues to requests from state entities during the FY 2024-25 state budget cycle.
In addition to the California Department of Technology, state entities dealing with public-sector retirement, justice and taxes are seeking candidates for key positions in technology.
Approved technology funding in the state’s enacted 2023-2024 fiscal year budget may offer a preview of what we’ll see in January, when Gov. Gavin Newsom releases his proposed FY 2024-25 state budget.
The California Department of Technology and the Department of General Services will hold the event Dec. 14. Several top IT and procurement executives from state government will speak.
The purchases in October totaled $4,341,927 and included primarily licenses and subscriptions for cybersecurity, Microsoft Office tools and an open data portal.
The Employment Development Department paid $30 million in the third quarter of 2023 to the California Department of Technology for data center services. Many agencies and departments in California pay CDT for this through interagency agreements.
Agency Information Officer Rob Peterson of the California Department of Food and Agriculture has served in key leadership roles in the U.S. Air Force, the Defense Department and California state government, as well as in the private sector.
The California Department of Technology is seeking candidates for the newly created role of chief digital strategy officer, and the California Health and Human Services Agency is recruiting for a chief deputy director who will also serve as the agency’s deputy chief data officer.
The California State Payroll System Project is a long-delayed initiative to modernize state government’s payroll process. The State Controller’s Office is seeking an experienced executive to oversee its many elements.
The California Department of Pesticide Regulation wants to hear from vendors who have information, suggestions, best practices and cost estimates for the technical resources needed to configure, deploy and maintain such a system.
Duties of the position, according to the California Department of Technology, include “developing effective strategies for engaging CDT stakeholders, including customers, advocates, lobbyists, vendors, state and local information officers, and other government officials.”
Gov. Gavin Newsom has signed several bills of interest to those in the technology sector, tightening oversight of high-risk automated decision systems and authorizing a pilot of automated cameras targeting speeders in six cities.
Candidates for chief and manager positions are being sought by state entities that focus on health care, transportation and technology.
A dashboard presented by the California Department of General Services shows in detail how various departments in state government buy goods and services under leveraged procurement agreements.
The California Department of Technology spent almost $18 million on its five largest buys of IT goods in September — more than twice the amount spent on corresponding purchases in August.
The Oct. 12 event will feature leading technology executives from California state and local government and education, as well as industry representatives.
Three state government departments — Technology, Child Support Services and Public Health — are recruiting for these key technology leadership positions.
The California Department of Technology’s Office of Technology Services and the California State Transportation Agency’s Office of Traffic Safety are seeking deputy directors.
ITLA is the flagship career development program that the California Department of Technology offers to state and local government technologists.
The California Department of Technology is seeking a specialist to work on the state Information Security Program Audit team. CDT has been faulted by the California State Auditor for its oversight of state agencies’ information security protections.
Panelists at the California Government Innovation Summit explained how the state is working to streamline and simplify its online services in various ways, including making its websites easier to navigate and using plain, simple language in government documents.
Recruitments are being conducted by the Employment Development Department, the California Department of Technology, the California Highway Patrol, the Department of Child Support Services and the California Public Employees’ Retirement System.
The annual awards, bestowed Tuesday at the California Government Innovation Summit in Sacramento, recognize projects and technologies devised and implemented within state government in the past year.
The California Department of Technology’s five largest transactions for IT goods in August topped $7 million and included a cloud subscription, storage arrays and a licensing pact.
Proposed laws that would create a six-city pilot of automated speed cameras and require the state technology department to inventory “high-risk automated decision systems” are among those passed by lawmakers and headed to the governor’s desk.
The California Government Innovation Summit, to be presented Tuesday in Sacramento by Government Technology, is a transformation of the yearly Digital Government Summit.
Under the order, the California Department of Technology, the Office of Data and Innovation and other state agencies must examine the most significant and beneficial ways generative AI can be used by the state within 60 days.
“The state’s IT security workforce must be prepared for unique challenges,” said Crystal Holcomb, deputy director for CDT’s Office of Professional Development. “Our security-focused programs are in high demand, so we’re excited to offer the Cybersecurity Boot Camp for a third year.”
State Chief Information Officer Liana Bailey-Crimmins provided point-by-point rebuttals to the new report by the California State Auditor.
The California Department of Technology has released a request for information from companies that can provide it with a tool to assist its Office of Statewide Project Delivery in estimating and budgeting tech projects.
The California Highway Patrol asked for and received in the state budget funding to continue existing privacy, risk management and cybersecurity initiatives, and to roll out body-worn cameras statewide.
The California Department of Technology is continuing its recruitment for the key, longstanding executive staff position.
Returned from their summer recess, legislators have less than a month to pass or hold proposed legislation concerning the California Interagency AI Working Group, cybersecurity and data from law enforcement body-worn cameras.
“The Cloud Smart strategy will improve return on investments, enhance security, prepare the state workforce for success, and offer higher quality services to residents,” writes Deputy State CIO Jared Johnson, chief deputy director of the California Department of Technology.
The positions are with the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection and the California Department of Technology.
As part of Industry Insider — California’s ongoing efforts to inform readers about state agencies, their IT plans and initiatives, here’s the latest in our periodic series of interviews with departmental IT leaders.
The site offers a breakdown of the four core areas of the California Department of Technology as well as links to the state IT strategic plan and a directory of department and agency chief information officers.
The positions in recruitment include cybersecurity and fraud architect, procurement and contracts manager, and manager of communications and applications.
The specialist “plays a key role in leading the development of standards, guidelines, best practices, tools and training that will help government deliver products, information and services that are usable and accessible for all Californians,” the job posting says.
Other departments seeking management candidates include the California Department of Technology and the California State Lottery.
The California departments of Human Resources and Tax and Fee Administration received millions in funding with the approval of the 2023-2024 Fiscal Year state budget to continue vital IT initiatives.
The California Department of Food and Agriculture is planning a multiyear, multimillion-dollar replacement of its Emerging Threats information management system, and it wants vendors’ feedback on a pre-solicitation package.
The State of Technology: California Industry Forum on Thursday will offer attendees a variety of perspectives from technology leaders across state government.
Elected officials in the state Senate and Assembly will consider several pieces of cybersecurity legislation when they return from summer recess in August.
The virtual Emerging IT Leaders Boot Camp is a virtual statewide program designed for entry-level IT supervisors, managers and other leaders in the public sector. Twenty students will be accepted for the next course, which runs from Aug. 14 to Sept. 8.
The California Department of Technology’s portion of the state’s new enacted budget contains funding for several technology initiatives that had been sought by budget change proposals.
The openings include state chief enterprise architect, senior adviser and specialty architect.
“California’s Digital Strategy showcases how CDT is taking the lead in government technology by prioritizing resident-focused digital services now and in the future,” writes Jonathan Porat, the state’s chief technology officer as of June.
The California Department of Technology has made more than 200 purchases of IT goods so far this year and spent in the mid eight figures on its five top buys, which included spend in the area of government community cloud.
State Community Services CIO: ‘Culture of Continual Improvement’ Needed to Bolster Service Provision
As part of Industry Insider — California’s ongoing efforts to educate readers on state agencies, their IT plans and initiatives, here’s the latest in our periodic series of interviews with departmental IT leaders.
California’s new $310.8 billion state budget, signed Tuesday by Gov. Gavin Newsom, remains to be refined this summer in budget trailer bills — but already includes many millions for IT work in broadband, child welfare and education.
The California Department of State Hospitals, which operates several facilities around the state that are focused on mental health, is seeking an electronic health record solution capable of replacing some legacy systems and integrating with others.
Candidates are sought for positions including chief, analyst, information security specialist, IT procurement specialist and manager.
Four state departments are seeking to fill several key roles, including chief technology innovation officer, assistant deputy director, section chief and office manager.
The state published the 2023-2024 Budget Act earlier this week and, if approved by lawmakers, it will fund IT projects at the Department of Social Services, the Department of Motor Vehicles and other state entities.
The California Department of Tax and Fee Administration, the Department of Technology and the Office of Data and Innovation will host an IT virtual open house later this week.
The California departments of Technology and Tax and Fee Administration have released a multiphase solicitation that seeks a “scalable and reliable tax return analysis solution with data analytics.”
As director of procurement for the Sacramento-based Weideman Group, Daniel Kim will focus on “how we can improve government with the help of business.”
The California Department of Technology is looking to renew a subscription or membership to a key piece of its security portfolio.
The state IT department, the public utilities commission and the Monterey Bay Economic Partnership are all involved in an effort to gather feedback on development of the State Digital Equity Plan and the Broadband Equity, Access and Deployment five-year plan.
Recruiters from multiple state entities will participate in the event, which will include various breakout sessions offering information about the state hiring process and “day-to-day insight” on IT careers.
The funding sought would enable the California departments of Public Health and Social Services to move ahead with significant technology work with the potential for statewide impact.
Recent finance letters documenting changes to Gov. Gavin Newsom’s 2023-2024 Fiscal Year proposed state budget also contain information on tech work underway at entities including the California Department of Motor Vehicles.
Candidates for the role in the California Department of Technology should have knowledge of data networking routing, switching, firewalls, load balancing, intrusion detection systems and intrusion prevention systems.
“We brought Vaishali on board because she has a reputation of being the best in the industry,” said Joe Gaitley, Cribl’s senior director of sales for the western U.S. and Canada. “She has a track record of successfully building SLED territories by focusing on delivering value for her customers.”
Two budget change proposals from the California Department of Technology seek several million dollars to assess issues around statewide broadband deployment and to migrate financial processes to a more modern solution.
Gov. Gavin Newsom released his revised proposed state budget Friday for the 2023-2024 Fiscal Year starting July 1. It’s larger than his proposed January budget, with more funding for the California Department of Technology — but the estimated budget shortfall is larger, too.
“We are excited to bring back this academy for its sixth year and meet the needs of our evolving public-sector workforce by offering most of it remotely,” said Crystal Holcomb, deputy director of the Office of Professional Development.
“The California Climate Action website is an example of the power of collaboration, innovation and user-focused design to create a transformative platform,” writes Blaine Wasylkiw, the state’s deputy chief technology innovation officer.
A budget change proposal from the California Department of Transportation would pay for 11 positions and fund the third year of the department’s Transportation System Network Replacement.
The California Department of Technology published this article last week on its Tech Blog, recapping an update that the California Department of Transportation gave the Middle-Mile Advisory Committee about the Middle-Mile Broadband Initiative.
California has finalized a contract with Maine-based VETRO to provide a “cloud-native mapping and fiber management platform” that is expected to greatly facilitate build-out of a statewide middle-mile broadband network.
“It may seem simple, but the collaboration effort and sharing of imagery services is huge,” writes senior IT analyst Ben Palacio. “This will reduce the number of duplicate efforts being made by various counties statewide.”
In a new report, the California State Auditor makes recommendations after reviewing “Missed Opportunities to Collect and Report Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Data” at the California Department of Public Health.
The incumbent “provides guidance to state IT project managers, chief information officers, agency information officers, departmental executives, control agencies, the Governor’s Office and the Legislature on actions to ensure project success.”
Proposed laws that would create two new state entities around artificial intelligence and a third body on cybersecurity awareness and education are among the pieces of legislation now under discussion in the statehouse.
The funding, which is slightly more than $540 million, is part of a series of releases that began last year — and is considered to be “the largest single infusion of broadband funding” of its type to a state.
Departments seeking expertise include the California Public Utilities Commission, the Department of Transportation, the State Controller’s Office and the Department of Technology.
In a report to be published Thursday, the California State Auditor will look into how CDT handles IT procurement, governance, vendor selection, information security and staffing.
The California Department of Technology worked with an executive-level emergency office on updating a key system and made well-received changes to one of its training academies, it said recently.
“We’re shifting to a hybrid environment, which will provide opportunities to meet with our customers and collaborate on new technologies,” writes Scott MacDonald, the deputy state chief technology officer.
In a budget change proposal, the California Department of Veterans Affairs seeks funding to complete its deployment of a standardized electronic health record system across eight homes for veterans and spouses statewide.
Government Technology magazine’s Top 25 Doers, Dreamers & Drivers for 2023, released last week, celebrated no fewer than four California government leaders. Each year, the magazine honors those government and IT leaders with “an unwavering commitment to the often unglamorous work of making sure the systems that run government nationwide are accessible, reliable and fit for the 21st century.”
In a new report, “Nonreporting Entities’ Information Security Compliance,” the Legislative Analyst’s Office scrutinizes and offers potential options to improve cybersecurity among the agencies, departments, offices and others that aren’t under the direct authority of Gov. Gavin Newsom.
The California Department of Technology has made more than 70 purchases of IT goods so far this year and spent in the low eight figures on its five top buys, which included government community cloud.
A new post from the Legislative Analyst’s Office examines a variety of budget change proposals in Gov. Gavin Newsom’s proposed 2023-2024 Fiscal Year budget that center on information security.
“Partner with us to develop the state’s Digital Equity Plan and have a say in how future federal dollars are allocated to close the digital divide,” writes Scott Adams, the California Department of Technology’s deputy director of Broadband and Digital Literacy.
The California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services, the California Highway Patrol, the California Department of Technology and the California Military Department have submitted a budget change proposal seeking millions of dollars and additional staff to guard against cyber threats and incidents.
The Legislative Analyst’s Office, a longtime adviser to state lawmakers, takes a look at IT projects in Gov. Gavin Newsom’s proposed 2023-2024 Fiscal Year budget.
Members of the California state Assembly Committee on Privacy and Consumer Protection will hold a hearing Tuesday to consider proposed laws on IT, cybersecurity and privacy, which would have implications for residents’ personal identifiable information and for the security of state systems.
The California Victim Compensation Board is seeking about $1.6 million and eight staff positions over the next two fiscal years to help in meeting capabilities set out in Cal-Secure, the state’s multiyear cybersecurity road map.
The California Civil Rights Department, the Employment Development Department and the California Department of Technology are looking to hire IT and cybersecurity staffers.
State CIO Liana Bailey-Crimmins and HiPER Solutions CEO David Morris agree that the keys to success in managing change and projects include vision, planning, leadership, trust and teamwork.
“Planned enhancements include electronic fund transfer, a vendor portal, bond accounting and other enhancements to process common transactions,” Director Jennifer Maguire writes.
The California Housing Finance Agency is seeking a CTO, and the California Department of Technology is recruiting for a project director.
The CTO will work within the California Department of Technology and will also be the chief of the Office of Technology Services, which runs the state’s only general-purpose data center.
In a new request for qualifications, the California Department of Transportation is looking for construction manager/general contractor services for middle-mile broadband design and construction across nine counties.
In two budget change proposals released following the debut of Gov. Gavin Newsom’s budget proposal, the Labor and Workforce Development Agency and Agricultural Labor Relations Board look to improve infrastructure and security.
Vendors attending the virtual event will be given an overview of the Employment Development Department’s EDDNext initiative and have a chance to ask questions and be invited to submit proposals or ideas.
State Chief Information Officer Liana Bailey-Crimmins and Teri Takai, senior vice president for the Centers for Digital Government and Education, will speak on the topic with David Morris, chairman and CEO of HiPER Solutions, sponsor of today’s webinar.
California’s chief information officer, Liana Bailey-Crimmins, sat down with Industry Insider — California recently for her first wide-ranging interview since she was appointed to the position in June. Bailey-Crimmins, who’s also the director of the California Department of Technology, discussed her professional background, her department’s priorities and vendor relations, among other topics. Herewith is that interview, edited for brevity and style.
In a breakout panel on “Women Leading IT Transformation” during the recent California Public Sector CIO Academy, a panel of women leaders spoke on “leading with purpose, transforming people’s attitudes, aligning to business outcomes, and delivering results.”
Transparency, flexibility and mutual trust are key but typically, adjusting to hybrid work is not a one-size-fits-all venture, panelists said at the recent California Public Sector CIO Academy.
Amar Hariharan has decades of experience in both the public and private sectors, a background that he believes will serve him well as he moves into his new role as chief information officer for the California Department of Food and Agriculture.
The California Department of Technology’s Office of Digital Services is recruiting for chiefs of two sections: Web Services and Technology Innovation Services.
Vendors attending Friday’s virtual event will be given an overview of the Employment Development Department’s EDDNext initiative and have a chance to ask questions and be invited to submit proposals or ideas.
State agencies are seeking an assistant deputy secretary, a deputy director, a chief and several managers.
Gaining project approval or a budget bump often comes down to knowing one’s audience and how to deliver a message in a way they can understand. The insiders offered their insights during last week’s California Public Sector CIO Academy.
The former chief web officer at the California Department of Technology had concurrently been acting deputy CTIO since June. His first day as deputy CTIO was Feb. 13; he’ll work with state CTIO Jonathan Porat, who was appointed in December.
“The $25 million Technology Modernization Fund has provided quick wins for state departments with low-risk and high-value projects. These aren’t large transformational projects requiring significant funding and oversight, but smaller-scale efforts that offer important benefits to residents and stakeholders.”
“When we design new technology, we invest the time into understanding how residents with different abilities and needs from their government might navigate a website or utilize a service.”
“Due to the rigor associated with the program, it is helpful to possess at least one year of direct or indirect project management experience,” the announcement says.
State Senate Bill 313 from Sen. Bill Dodd, D-Napa, is aimed at aligning the state with President Biden’s Blueprint for an AI Bill of Rights — and creating the Office of Artificial Intelligence under the California Department of Technology.
Two budget change proposals from the California Department of Aging would enable it to add staff and continue technology updates.
Stephenson Loveson is the new chief information officer for the nation’s largest public pension fund. He began his career in state government as a software specialist and has worked his way up through the technology ranks and into executive leadership.
The California Department of Technology made more than 30 purchases of IT goods last month and spent in the mid-seven figures on its five top buys, which included several renewals.
In the many breakout sessions scheduled over the two days, leaders from the public and private sectors will address a range of topics relevant to those who work in and serve government in California.
The California Department of General Services is hoping to proceed with a “Procurement Division E-Marketplace Implementation” and an “Enterprise Technology Solutions Information Technology Workload Adjustment,” as two budget change proposals show.
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.
The positions are in recruitment by the Office of Legislative Counsel, the Department of Technology and the Department of Motor Vehicles.
“We are at an exciting juncture as a department, and working on these and other initiatives for a system of this scale is a unique challenge. … Above all, I am happy to come home to this department,” writes Subbarao Mupparaju.
The ask comes in the form of a budget change proposal and offers alternatives to the complete funding sought.
Gov. Gavin Newsom’s proposed 2023-2024 Fiscal Year state budget would, however, fund two significant ongoing IT projects.
As part of Industry Insider — California’s ongoing efforts to educate readers on state agencies, their IT plans and initiatives, here’s the latest in our periodic series of interviews with departmental IT leaders.
The state chief information officer and her deputy are among the new faces of leadership in the California Department of Technology.
The federal legislation, signed last year, will augment California’s multibillion-dollar investment in improving the quality and availability of high-speed Internet across the state.
The list of awardees was published on CDT’s TechBlog in conjunction with a virtual departmental awards ceremony held on Dec. 7.
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 department has issued a request for quotes seeking software to facilitate the work of building a key state system.
In remarks that opened Monday’s Industry Insider: State of Technology — California Industry Forum 2022, state Chief Information Officer Liana Bailey-Crimmins discussed the year’s accomplishments with members.
Chief information officers, security officers, data officers. States, cities, counties. All year, we track the public-sector tech leadership changes across the state. Here are some highlights of who went where in 2022 in California’s public-sector tech governance.
The incumbent “will also collaborate with policy, program and technology leaders across the state to accelerate the delivery of complex, mission-critical and time-sensitive digital projects that support the broader goals outlined in the state’s Vision 2023 Strategic Plan,” according to the job posting and duty statement.
The department’s five largest transactions in this area last month nearly reached the mid-eight figures.