Chief Information Officer Liana Bailey-Crimmins, who is also director of the California Department of Technology, updated IT officials on several initiatives at the California Digital Government Summit.
The California Department of Technology and the Office of Data and Innovation are working on the California Design System, which aims to give the state’s web developers and designers the tools they need to make it easier for residents to access and use digital information.
Procurement leaders advise that before seeking to do business with state government, read the fine print of solicitations, understand the different types of contract vehicles, and take every opportunity to ask questions.
The California Department of Technology initiated an apprenticeship with the union to train employees on how to use IBM zSystems mainframe technology.
The details can be found in the latest edition of the California Department of Technology’s CDT Connect newsletter.
California’s chief project officer, Chi Emodi, writes about some initiatives the California Department of Technology has undertaken to help projects succeed. The keys, she writes, are effective data storage and management and the sharing of information among departments and agencies.
The state agencies dealing with technology and purchasing and procurement will host the virtual presentation.
Agencies in state government are also seeking to fill positions including chief enterprise architect and IT manager.
Recruitments are under way by departments dealing with public health, technology and employment.
Legislative committees have called a halt to scores of bills, including several centered on technology or innovation — but other examples are still “alive” and could yet clear the statehouse.
The positions are within the California Department of Conservation and the California Department of Technology.
Vendors must request an invitation by email to attend. They will be limited to three attendees per organization.
The Cybersecurity Boot Camp is a four-week online program aimed at preparing the government’s security workforce for security roles within California’s public sector.
Six graduate students from Sacramento and Northern California were selected in a competition judged by senior technology executives from state government.
Rita Gass, chief information officer for the California Department of Employment Development, gave an overview of current priorities and future opportunities in an Industry Insider — California Member Briefing.
The longtime state executive has been elevated to a key role in her former department’s parent agency, the California Government Operations Agency. She was sworn in Monday.
The longtime tech leader has more than 30 years of service to various departments and has been recognized for his achievements with, among other honors, a CIO of the Year award.
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“Due to the strong positive feedback we received from the first cohort, we are excited to offer again this critical statewide training program for our IT workforce,” said Brenda Bridges Cruz, deputy director for the California Department of Technology’s Office of Professional Development.
“It’s really a marriage made for both of us,” he told Industry Insider — California. “My background was ideal for what Informatica was looking for, and I couldn’t be more excited with the products that they offer.”
The positions require familiarity with business intelligence, vendor management, change management and agile project management.
The state department’s six purchases of IT services last month totaled in the low seven figures.
The California Department of Technology made 40 purchases of IT goods last month and spent in the mid-eight figures on its five top buys which, as was the case last month, included government community cloud and Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program-related technologies.
“For the first time, I’ll be coming at this from the other side of the partnership, listening and collaborating to identify and implement technology solutions that meet each group’s unique business and program needs,” Jon Kirkham told Industry Insider — California.
Duties of the position include “negotiating with vendors and collaborating with customer procurement project managers and staff in the development and oversight of innovative IT and telecommunication procurement approaches on a statewide basis.”
There’s more than one right way to accomplish major technology work but sometimes, tough decisions have to be made for the project to move forward, officials at the California departments of Technology, Motor Vehicles, and Corrections and Rehabilitation said recently at the California Public Sector CIO Academy.
In a new request for proposal, the California Department of Technology and the California Public Utilities Commission seek responses from IT companies interested in working on the Renewables Portfolio Standard Database System Expansion Project.
The California Department of Technology made more than 40 purchases of IT goods last month and spent in the mid-eight figures on its five top buys, which included government community cloud and Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program-related technologies.
In an interview with Industry Insider — California, Jeffrey Aguilar laid out his priorities as he settles into his new role overseeing security for a county government with more than 100,000 employees and another 20,000 to 30,000 volunteers and interns.
A handful of technology leaders in state government advise those seeking top leadership roles to build relationships, hire smart people, and take advantage of unexpected opportunities.
Amy Tong, secretary of the California Government Operations Agency, discussed the need for her agency to keep transformation moving forward and to cultivate an innovative culture, in remarks that opened day two of the California Public Sector CIO Academy.
The COVID-19 pandemic has demonstrated the value of making services available remotely, Acting Chief Information Officer Russ Nichols told attendees at the California Public Sector CIO Academy.
“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 California Department of Technology has awarded contracts to two vendors that are expected to enable the state to have materials at the ready when work commences on 3,000 miles of broadband infrastructure, to provide statewide high-speed Internet.
Much entity-level detail has yet to be released, but it is already clear that Gov. Gavin Newsom’s “May revise” of his proposed 2022-2023 Fiscal Year budget is good news for state-level IT and innovation.
“Participants will be able to attend all or the majority of the academy virtually,” said Brenda Bridges Cruz, deputy director for the Office of Professional Development. “This enables us to extend training opportunities to public-sector personnel across the state.”
Rick Klau, California’s chief technology innovation officer, and Phoebe Peronto, the state’s deputy chief technology innovation officer, shared ideas on IT and entrepreneurship at the recent 2022 NextGen Government Virtual Training Summit.
Several significant proposed laws that could improve digital equity and affect how IT modernizations are done are making their way through the state Senate and Assembly.
Strategic plans can offer a clear perspective on how a state or local government wields IT and innovation. This recurring series examines the strategic plans of state entities as well as counties and municipalities.
The California Department of Technology made more than 40 purchases of IT goods last month and spent in the high seven figures on its five top buys, which included spend in the area of cybersecurity.
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 Technology is seeking contractors qualified to repair and install telecom cable at Office of Technology facilities, including the data center in Rancho Cordova. The deadline for vendors to submit bids is May 19.
The California Department of Technology has released a draft statewide broadband map and design recommendations from its third-party administrator, for building out the so-called “middle-mile” network.
Patrick Dennis, a veteran of state IT leadership, has been deputy director and chief information officer for the California Department of Parks and Recreation since 2018. He oversees technology and IT policy for the department, which has an annual budget of about $900 million.
CDT encourages other government entities across the state to use its services. Among those that contract for data center services with the state is the city of Los Angeles.
The California Department of Technology’s five most expensive purchases of IT goods in the year’s first quarter reflected an ongoing relationship with a familiar vendor and centered on cloud-based application suite purchases.
The California Department of Food and Agriculture is seeking to replace an outdated system with one solution that better meets the varied needs of its Emerging Threats project.
“Our goal is to migrate all ca.gov sites to this more robust, scalable platform that will accommodate our future needs,” writes Blaine Wasylkiw, California’s chief web officer.
The State Controller’s Office is seeking vendors to propose solutions for the sweeping project, with a contract term of four years and five optional one-year add-ons.
“With so many government teams looking to create digital, customer-centric experiences, it seems like the perfect time to officially combine forces,” said Kyle Keyser, vice president of the new Launch Government.
Both positions are with entities within the California Health and Human Services Agency — one in the Office of Systems Integration, and the other in the Department of Child Support Services.
Departments should direct all contractors with agreements valued at $5 million or more to desist from “making new investments in, or engaging in financial transactions with, Russian entities, not transferring technology to Russia or Russian entities, and directly providing support to the government and people of Ukraine.”
State entities seeking consideration for the money should propose projects with “clear, concrete goals, a viable and quick path to delivery, and strong support from the requesting entity’s executive leadership,” the California Department of Technology says.
Legislators this session are proposing bills that would expand and clarify the uses for blockchain and cryptocurrency.
The chief engineer will oversee the stakeholders performing project management, engineering, design, system planning, specification, diagramming, mapping, and construction of the network, according to the job posting by the California Department of Technology.
In a new invitation for bid, the California Department of Technology is focusing in on the middle-mile aspect of creating a statewide broadband network.
Positions with open recruitments include chief information officer, change management senior analyst, DevOps engineer and application developer.
Blaine Wasylkiw, the chief web officer for the state, describes the open source California Design System, which is helping build websites and products “that put people first and also look great.”
The California Department of Technology’s costliest IT goods and services purchases in February topped $4 million and involved expenses for cloud subscriptions, storage and protection, among others.
The departments with recruitments include the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, the Department of Health Care Services, and the Department of Technology.
In four budget change proposals, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation looks to address technology service change, cybersecurity and project needs.
The California Employment Development Department has submitted a budget change proposal seeking more than $20 million from the General Fund over three fiscal years, in part to deliver “technical services for the new technologies implemented during the COVID-19 pandemic.”
California’s state Chief Information Security Officer Vitaliy Panych discusses security planning, how vendors can support his team and how the COVID-19 pandemic changed worker experience and cybersecurity.
Two bills now active in the state Legislature aim to improve state IT work and make it more cost-efficient via a focus on less monolithic initiatives.
The California Department of Technology is recruiting for a procurement manager, and the California Department of Human Resources is seeking a project manager.
Two of the openings are in the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services; others are in the California Department of Technology and the California Department of Veterans Affairs.
The Legislative Analyst’s Office looks critically at the California Department of Technology’s needs from the General Fund to address short-term net revenue losses, as discussed in Gov. Gavin Newsom’s proposed 2022-2023 Fiscal Year state budget.
California’s chief information security officer, Vitaliy Panych, explains how the state offers a financial incentive, known as a “bug bounty,” to encourage ethical hackers to test new products in a controlled environment.
Entities with active IT recruitments include the California Employment Development Department, the Office of Digital Innovation, the California Department of Technology and the Department of Motor Vehicles.
State legislators have proposed laws that could alter the process and procurement of IT projects, generate digital equity in education and highlight the importance of cybersecurity.
In a request for offer, the California Department of General Services on behalf of the California Department of Health Care Services seeks IT modernization strategy and planning for a system that impacts millions of Californians.
“A veteran of state service, Director Tong’s deep experience in the public sector and leadership in the technology field have helped guide key efforts to make government more efficient and effective, including our work to bridge the digital divide and help state agencies navigate complex challenges during the pandemic,” Gov. Gavin Newsom said.
The California Employment Development Department has submitted two budget change proposals seeking funding for IT modernization that would enable compliance with recent legislation.
PMLA is one of the four career-development academies offered to public-sector employees by the California Department of Technology.
Six key state departments are seeking managers and specialists for oversight roles. Three of these are branch chief recruitments within one department.
The former state chief information security officer, who left the public sector in 2019, said he’s enjoying working in the private sector with data, privacy and health-care technology.
The design system is intended to create a consistent look, feel and navigation path, so Californians can more easily find the online information they need across departments and agencies. With a focus on “user experience” (UX), the design system addresses such elements as typography, design style, content and components.
Several of the California Department of Technology’s costliest IT goods and services purchases in January focused on government community cloud.
The California Department of Justice, the Department of Technology and the Department of Motor Vehicles are seeking candidates for a variety of leadership roles.
Two recent budget change proposals submitted by the California Department of Technology document an evolving IT environment.
Work is proceeding on several fronts to fully plan and sequence projects and ensure supplies are ready, officials said during the monthly meeting of the Middle-Mile Advisory Committee.
“We are building the middle-mile network based on data and opportunities to improve connectivity that will result in reliable and more affordable service in all regions of the state, including hard-to-reach rural and tribal communities and lower-income urban areas,” write the state’s broadband leaders.
The California Department of Technology disputes many of the findings in a new report from the California State Auditor, the latest in a series of critiques of CDT since 2013. The Auditor offers recommendations for the department as well as the Legislature on how the state should enhance its security practices.
“Delivering for all Californians has guided my work, from standing up the Office of Digital Innovation and developing a more user-centered vision for technology in the state of California, to driving vaccine equity, to building more inclusive financial products,” writes Justin Cohan-Shapiro.
It’s far from a final approved act, but Gov. Gavin Newsom’s proposed 2022-2023 Fiscal Year state budget would spend millions to continue existing technology initiatives and begin new projects.
State entities seeking candidates include those related to technology, cannabis control, emergency operations and fire prevention.
“In just over six months, more than 20 percent of the vaccinated population in California have downloaded a digital vaccine record,” writes Rick Klau, the state’s chief technology innovation officer.
The California Department of Technology was cited in previous reports by the State Auditor’s Office for its “high risk” security posture.
2021 was a year of pivotal change in tech leadership at the state and local levels. A look back at the headlines in California public-sector technology may reveal more about the future of the state’s IT governance than about the past.
The California Department of Consumer Affairs is seeking help from IT companies in implementing a software solution.
The California Employment Development Department spent tens of millions on IT services this year, much of it with another state entity.
The California Department of Technology’s five most expensive purchases of IT goods in 2021, through mid-December, were all made with the same vendor, a familiar presence in state IT, and were quite costly.
Available positions include information security officer, IT manager and senior business analyst/architect.
State Chief Information Officer Amy Tong, who’s led the California Department of Technology for more than five years, is moving to a new executive role in state government at month’s end.
“Leaders of tech companies and government leaders are more committed to cybersecurity than I’ve ever seen. They are taking immediate steps, working to drive collaboration between government and industry, and I believe they have assembled the right team of security ‘rock stars’ to make it work,” writes Vitaliy Panych, California’s chief information security officer.
The latest California Department of Technology Vendor Forum offered IT companies the latest word on current and upcoming procurements as well as ongoing IT work and process updates.
The section chief will oversee two key teams in addition to managing the budget, monitoring staff work and ensuring adherence to the strategic goals of the California Department of Technology.
The two chief positions — one for transformation and digital stabilization, the other for digital identity — are part of the growth promised by state Chief Technology Innovation Officer Rick Klau, who heads the Office of Enterprise Technology.
State Chief Information Officer Amy Tong and Chief Technology Officer Liana Bailey-Crimmins updated attendees Friday on several far-reaching IT projects and initiatives now underway. They spoke at the Techwire State of Technology California Industry Forum.
The state chief information officer will be moving next month to the Office of Digital Innovation, where she will serve as director, Gov. Gavin Newsom’s office announced Wednesday.
The online event will feature remarks from the top leaders of the California Department of Technology, a discussion of the Cal-Secure cybersecurity road map, a review of 2021 and a look ahead to 2022, and a question-and-answer session for those in the industry.
Positions are available with the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services, the Secretary of State’s Office and the California Department of Veterans Affairs.
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.
“That’s my goal here — to take some of those things I did in the state of Utah and help others with their strategies on how they can do that,” Michael Hussey told Techwire.
The California Public Utilities Commission has been working to follow state Auditor Elaine Howle’s technology recommendations since 2015, and the auditor’s latest update, published this week, reports that it’s still a work in progress.
Departments seeking to fill key positions include the California Department of Aging, Covered California, the Employment Development Department and the California Department of Technology.
As part of Techwire’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 and cybersecurity leaders.
The California Department of Technology spent millions on IT goods last month, with its most expensive purchases going to a familiar vendor.
State technologists built many new tools in response to the pandemic, often on a tight timeline. Despite some early glitches, experts told CalMatters the state did an overall positive job given the circumstances.
“I have written or co-written several cybersecurity strategic plans over the years, and I think California’s approach is right on target. ... A proper cybersecurity plan should be viewed through the lens of Cal-Secure — as a road map that sets the stage for the future, and in government that means preparing for the people, processes and technology resources to carry out the mission,” writes Mark Weatherford, chief strategy officer for the National Cybersecurity Center.
Chinyere “Chi” Emodi has worked in IT leadership roles for the California Department of Technology, the Financial Information System for California and Los Rios Community College District. In her new role, she will also serve as deputy director for the Office of Statewide Project Delivery.
The California Department of Technology will award the competitive Technology Modernization Fund grants to state government entities that best meet a series of project criteria, including implementation within a year.
California currently has more than 100 different job openings posted on a state website that are all within the Information Technology Specialist I classification, and many of which can pay more than $100,000 annually.
Data curated by the state Department of General Services shows that agencies as a whole spent more on IT goods and services last November than in any other month since then.
“My goal is to build automation of the infrastructure,” Shamal Siwan says, “to create the DevSecOps culture that is taking security requirements and putting that into a DevOps mindset where automation is the key to unite people, so that everybody follows the same process … so we can ship faster, better, and avoid outages.”
“I am hopeful this approach of condensing and aligning these prior efforts into Cal-Secure can succeed in maturing the state’s cybersecurity posture,” said Assemblymember Jacqui Irwin, the Ventura County Democrat who chairs the Assembly’s Select Committee on Cybersecurity.
Candidates are sought by the California Employment Development Department, the Department of Motor Vehicles, the California Department of Public Health, the state Department of Justice and the California Department of Technology.
The state’s chief information officer, Amy Tong, took cover Thursday morning, along with cat Jelly, for the annual earthquake safety drill. This year, more than 7.5 million Californians took part in the preparedness exercise.
“Over the course of more than six years, Neeraj has been the face of the FI$Cal project,” Director Miriam Ingenito told Techwire. “He has spent countless hours working on developing and implementing the right solutions for the FI$Cal system; his accomplishments and contributions are innumerable.”
The chief information officer will direct and manage six IT programs: System Requirements and Testing, Application Services, Service Management and Support Services, Enterprise Services/Configuration Management, the Information Security Office, and the coordination of contracted staff.