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California Health and Human Services Agency

A budget-implementing bill signed by Gov. Gavin Newsom affirms many millions in technology and modernization monies for state and local governments.
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.
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 open positions include a section chief and a data analytics and governance lead.
“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 department is looking for architects, managers, business analysts and developers.
“This team was an amazing group of individuals who introduced me to human-centered design and journey mapping, who collaborated with me to envision new ways of providing services, who partnered in changing the culture at CalHHS, and even convinced me to get a Twitter account,” writes Michael Wilkening.
Veteran technologist and executive John Roussel, who describes himself as an “enterprise change agent,” was promoted this month from chief technology officer and assistant deputy director of the California Department of Public Health.
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.
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.
John Ohanian, CDO and director of the Center for Data Insights and Innovation, discusses laying the groundwork to bring high-quality data together for services across the state.
The Office of Systems Integration, part of the California Health and Human Services Agency, spent a little over $5.3 million on consulting, subscriptions and other needs from Jan. 1 through March 31.
John Ohanian is the chief data officer and director of the Center for Data Insights and Innovation, part of the California Health and Human Services Agency.
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.
The CIO will oversee the implementation of an enterprise Customer Relationship Management system for the aging network, ensuring interoperability with other data systems, and creating public dashboards for data transparency. The position may be eligible for full-time telework.
“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.
“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.
The recruitment calls for a manager who can serve as an adviser for project directors, project managers and chief information officers in departments within the California Health and Human Services Agency.
“As I lead our business within the California Health and Human Services Agency, my primary focus in the nearer term is to advocate for, and ensure the success of, our existing customers within the agency,” Trevor Marshall told Techwire. “It is imperative that we deliver on our commitments and help our customers realize their objectives.”
The position “has full management responsibility for a large, complex, multidisciplined organization and oversees an annual IT budget of approximately $70 million and the large IT Project Portfolio.”
The state chief information officer will be moving next month to the Office of Digital Innovation, where she will serve as director, Gov. Gavin Newsom’s office announced Wednesday.
Two of the recruitments are new; the chief information officer position has been open since the summer, and that search has been extended.
The leadership and specialty roles are in recruitment by the California Department of Human Resources, the Office of Systems Integration and the California Department of Motor Vehicles.
Responsibilities of the position include setting objectives and goals and establishing workload priorities; securing equipment and training as needed by staff; and establishing performance metrics, workload tracking and other measures to inform the decision-making process.
State lawmakers and Gov. Gavin Newsom didn’t just focus on broadband and cybersecurity this session. The governor recently signed several other bills of interest to the technology sector that run the gamut from wildfire tech to personal information.
The senior engineer and release manager for the Office of Systems Integration will work internally and with other entities on a large child-welfare project involving the state, the 58 counties and tribes.
Departments with active recruitments in these areas include the Financial Information System for California, Covered California, the Office of Systems Integration and the Department of Water Resources.
The Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development has a new name, the Department of Health Care Access and Information, that reflects its bigger mission and its upgraded status.
“Subbarao has successfully led several technology improvement initiatives, and his efforts resulted in transforming FI$Cal ITD into one of the most efficient and capable IT teams in the state of California,” said FI$Cal Director Miriam Barcellona Ingenito. “He has positioned our IT division to support the system operations and enhancements, technology operations and upgrades, and continuous improvements to FI$Cal’s posture for years to come.”