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California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services

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.
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 chief is responsible for managing a portfolio of projects and will serve as business manager for the 911 Branch. The program has almost $1 billion in contracts related to 911 and 988.
Candidates are being sought by the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services, the California Department of Transportation and the Employment Development Department.
The California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services spent significantly less on its five largest buys of IT goods in the third quarter of 2023 than it did on corresponding buys in 2022.
This week’s event will feature leading technology executives from California state and local government and education, as well as industry representatives.
The California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services, the California Department of Public Health and the Oakland Unified School District are among the state and local entities in the early stages of technology projects.
The Oct. 12 event will feature leading technology executives from California state and local government and education, as well as industry representatives.
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.
In its portion of California’s $310.8 billion state budget for FY 2023-2024, the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services received the more than $150 million it sought to improve cybersecurity and 911 capabilities.
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.
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 five largest purchases of IT goods by the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services in the second quarter of 2023 totaled just over $4 million — less than half the corresponding spend in the first quarter of 2023.
Elected officials in the state Senate and Assembly will consider several pieces of cybersecurity legislation when they return from summer recess in August.
Cal OES’ five largest purchases of IT goods in the first quarter of 2023 totaled just over $10.3 million, much of which was related to communications equipment.
Bills still under consideration by the Legislature would bring changes to everything from cybersecurity education to government websites and email addresses.
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.
The California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services has made 15 purchases of IT services so far this year and spent in the low eight figures on its five top buys, which included 911 services and HR modernization.
The Chronicle was able to view the published files using a link that was published on the dark web and found that nearly 600 gigabytes of new files were released. The release comes as the city struggles to get a handle on a ransomware attack that has disrupted city systems for nearly two months.
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.
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.
Proposed legislation this session would further refine state laws on privacy and personal information, on emergency response and on body-worn cameras. That is, if it passes.
The California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services has released a request for information on potentially expanding and strengthening a network of seismic stations around the state.
Sandra Peterson, a veteran of several high-profile state departments, took on her new role with the California Cybersecurity Integration Center in October. She offers advice for technologists and for vendors.
The California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services’ five largest transactions for IT services in January together landed in the low eight figures combined.
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.
What should a statewide cybersecurity curriculum include? A leader in the effort is asking for guidance and suggestions.
The positions are in the Office of Legislative Counsel and the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services.
State officials are investigating a cybersecurity incident at the department after a global ransomware group claimed it stole confidential data and financial documents from the agency.
The California Department of Education and the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services are seeking qualified applications for these key positions.
The office’s five largest transactions for IT services during the year’s third quarter topped $50 million.
Android phones have the technology built in. In addition, 95,000 MyShake app users also received it.
The state’s earthquake early warning system notified nearly 100,000 people that a quake was going to strike Tuesday afternoon near San Jose — and people as far away as San Francisco had as many as 18 seconds to brace themselves before it actually hit.
Gov. Gavin Newsom has about two weeks remaining to sign or veto proposed legislation that has cleared the statehouse, including several bills of interest to IT companies.
Units of state government are recruiting for a cloud solutions architect and a cloud infrastructure administrator.
The department’s five largest transactions for IT goods during the year’s first and second quarters topped $10 million.
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.
Departments with recruitments include the California Student Aid Commission, the California Department of Transportation and the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services.
California lawmakers, newly returned from their summer recess, will consider several bills this week with ramifications for state technology and cybersecurity.
This month, we polled our members about whether you preferred in-person events or virtual presentations. And you’ve spoken.
The state Department of Developmental Services is also recruiting for an important leadership position.
Other departments with leadership recruitments include the Financial Information System for California and the California Department of Transportation.
Beth Cousins is chief information officer at the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES), a position she has held since Feb. 18, 2020 – less than a month before the COVID-19 pandemic took hold. As previously reported by Industry Insider – California, she will step down from her role May 20 to join Yellow Wood Recovery in Rancho Cordova as chief operating officer. Her daughter is CEO there.
Planes capable of predicting the behavior of wildfires and beaming information directly to crews on the ground in real time have proven invaluable in major disasters across California. Now, they will become a permanent part of firefighters’ arsenals, after attracting millions of dollars in state funding, officials announced Tuesday.
The chief information officer’s latest career move will see her join a local company. She came to the state in early 2020 as California grappled in earnest with the COVID-19 pandemic.
State departments with these and other active recruitments include the Department of Managed Health Care, the Employment Development Department and the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services.
The California Department of Motor Vehicles is recruiting for a manager to oversee projects and portfolios, and the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services is seeking an expert in user interface and user experience.
The requests from the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection are among 39 budget change proposals, several of which would pay for IT projects.
The California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services made more than 20 purchases of IT goods last month but just one IT services buy. Here are its most expensive acquisitions.
According to the State Contract and Procurement Registration System, the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services’ five largest purchases of IT goods together added up to $31,284,612.
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.
In a request for proposal that’s pre-solicitation, the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services wants to hear from IT companies that can help it work on “911 data analytics services.”
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.
Six key state departments are seeking managers and specialists for oversight roles. Three of these are branch chief recruitments within one department.
State entities seeking candidates include those related to technology, cannabis control, emergency operations and fire prevention.
Available positions include information security officer, IT manager and senior business analyst/architect.
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 roles are with the California Department of Toxic Substances Control, the California High-Speed Rail Authority and the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services.
The Financial Information System for California has named a new chief information officer, a new chief information security officer and a new chief deputy director, filling key vacancies on Director Miriam Barcellona Ingenito’s management team.
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.
Two of the openings are with the California Department of Motor Vehicles, and the others are with the Department of Health Care Access and Information, the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services and the Department of General Services.
“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.
The Department of Toxic Substances Control and the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services are seeking specialists for key roles.
Thought leaders from industry, government and academia will gather online Tuesday and Wednesday to discuss the risks of cyber intrusion and ways the public and private sectors can work against those threats.
The agencies seeking applicants include the California Department of Technology, the California Public Employees’ Retirement System and the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services.
The bill would have set a May 31 deadline for the Employment Development Department to implement recommendations aimed at reducing delays in paying benefits, prioritizing modernization of its technology, assessing its call center operations and improving its tracking of claimants’ problems.
Individuals and teams in state government technology are eligible for the awards, which are given in a variety of areas. Nominations will be accepted until Sept. 17.
The Municipal Information Systems Association of California (MISAC) will gather Sept. 26-29 in Southern California after having canceled last year’s annual gathering due to COVID-19 restrictions.
The Oct. 5-6 summit, according to the organizers, is designed “to gather and educate the entire spectrum of California’s cybersecurity professionals, whose job functions and expertise range from highly technical to executive.”
Using the Silicon Valley giant’s Street View technology, the state’s emergency services agency is piloting a program to more quickly and efficiently calculate wildfire damage through video and artificial intelligence.
The proposed legislation, from state Sen. Bill Dodd, D-Napa, is aimed at driving public-private collaboration on IT that can help authorities grapple with natural disasters like California’s historic wildfires.
Officials at the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services and other entities are working with the Science and Technology Directorate of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and technology companies on doing more to spot wildfires.
The California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services’ five most expensive purchases of IT goods through June included three buys with the same vendor, representing more than half the total cost of those expenditures.
The California Cybersecurity Industry Workgroup is collaborating with academia, state government and industry to broaden California students’ exposure to cybersecurity as a career path.
The California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services’ most expensive IT goods purchases in April include software and laptop computers.
In this excerpt from an online essay, the 9-1-1 branch manager for the California Governor's Office of Emergency Services explains how the state and its vendor partners are making progress in linking communications needed for emergency response.
“A cloud solution is preferred, and relevant CalOES technologies include Microsoft 365, Azure AD, Esri, Salesforce, Mulesoft, Tableau, Docusign, GovDelivery, SendGrid. MFA (multi-factor authentication) is being enabled, and multiple SSO implementations have been deployed.”
An online Vendor Education Day focusing on NEXT-GEN SCOUT is scheduled for today, and vendor applications are due by Dec. 3. “Relevant Cal OES technologies” include Microsoft 365, Azure AD, Esri, Salesforce, Mulesoft, Tableau, Docusign, GovDelivery and SendGrid.
The new executive succeeds Carla Simmons, who oversaw technology for CalOES for six years before retiring last fall. The new CIO has a background in both the public and private sectors.