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Dave Jenkins, a nearly 30-year veteran of the California Highway Patrol and its new technology leader, has held a wide variety of positions with the department. These include supervisory roles in three commands.
The majority of that sum was for in-car video cameras and related equipment, according to the State Contracting and Procurement Registration System.
The California Highway Patrol is seeking a CTO, and the California Department of Technology is recruiting for a GISD data engineering architect.
Thirty-three IT projects totaling more than $3.7 billion are being regularly evaluated by the California Department of Technology’s Office of Statewide Project Delivery. In this series we look at project successes and where they fall short.
The California Highway Patrol has partnered with Flock Safety to install about 480 high-tech cameras in Oakland and on state freeways in the East Bay to combat crime and roadway violence.
The California High-Speed Rail Authority, the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research and the California Highway Patrol are seeking to fill key roles in IT.
In the last quarter of 2023, the California Highway Patrol purchased IT services related to consulting, telematics and data management.
During the last quarter of 2023, the California Highway Patrol’s five largest purchases of IT goods totaled $22,435,700.
The California State Transportation Agency and the Office of Technology and Solutions Integration are seeking candidates.
The California Highway Patrol is seeking candidates for a manager position, while the California Department of State Hospitals is seeking to fill two architect roles — one for servers, the other for applications.
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.
This week’s event will feature leading technology executives from California state and local government and education, as well as industry representatives.
The Oct. 12 event will feature leading technology executives from California state and local government and education, as well as industry representatives.
The California Highway Patrol’s five largest expenditures for IT goods in the third quarter totaled $2,584,498, down from the $4,794,381 spent on corresponding buys in the second quarter.
The California Highway Patrol spent $728,122 on its five largest purchases of IT services between April 1 and June 30.
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 CTO will work closely with the chief information officer and the commander of the Technology Infrastructure Section to execute the IT strategic plans and road maps to support the department’s business needs.
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 new chief information officer said he has two priorities: Use “existing resources efficiently and effectively in order to meet the needs of our partners” and “innovate the way we do business by boosting IT skill sets.”
In the just-ended second quarter, CHP’s five largest buys of IT goods included radios, stereo microscope equipment, an Internet phone system and other hardware.
Chief April Baxter, the chief information officer for the California Highway Patrol, discussed the department’s wide-ranging technology work underway at a recent Industry Insider — California Members Briefing.
The funding sought over time would enable the California Highway Patrol to continue IT work around deploying body-worn cameras statewide, refreshing fleet telematics and keeping personally identifiable information private.
Chief April Baxter, chief information officer for the California Highway Patrol, will give Industry Insider — California members an overview of the department’s technology and plans. CHP has an annual IT budget of about $100 million.
“In this role, I’m going to be focusing on working with state departments and agencies and bringing technology solutions to their business problems,” Andrew Hinkle told Industry Insider — California.
Chief April Baxter, chief information officer for the California Highway Patrol, will give Industry Insider — California members an overview of the department’s technology and plans. CHP has an annual IT budget of about $100 million.
“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.”
Chief April Baxter, chief information officer for the California Highway Patrol, will give Industry Insider — California members an overview of the department’s technology and plans. CHP has an annual IT budget of about $100 million.
Chief April Baxter, chief information officer for the California Highway Patrol, will give Industry Insider — California members an overview of the department’s technology and plans. CHP has an annual IT budget of about $100 million.
Chief April Baxter, chief information officer for the California Highway Patrol, will give Industry Insider — California members an overview of the department’s technology and plans. CHP has an annual IT budget of about $100 million.
The California Highway Patrol spent $14,615,388 on its five largest purchases of IT goods in the first quarter of 2023. That is more than the combined corresponding spend in the previous two quarters.
In a request for information, the California Highway Patrol wants to learn more about computer-aided dispatch solutions now available.
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.
The amount that the department spent on its five largest purchases of IT goods during the fourth quarter of 2022 was more than twice what it spent in the previous quarter.
Among the leadership changes in state IT governance at the end of the year was the retirement of George Akiyama, the longtime chief information officer for the California Department of Transportation.
One of the state’s best-known law enforcement agencies wants to hear from organizations capable of helping it refresh a Northern California facility.
Other purchases included software licenses, data protection and a threat-prevention solution.
Tesla’s Autopilot features and its yearslong promise of eventual self-driving capability are a big part of the Texas-based electric automaker’s lofty valuation. Roughly 160,000 Tesla drivers in North America had access to what Tesla calls FSD Beta at the end of the third quarter.
The new technology chief looks forward to forming partnerships with staff, CIOs, stakeholders and vendors to support the mission of the CHP – “to provide the highest level of safety, service and security to the people of California.”
The department’s six largest purchases of IT goods in the second quarter totaled just more than $3.5 million.
The department’s five largest buys of IT goods from Jan. 1 through March 31 together totaled $15,244,852 with rounding.
The budget change proposal cites increasing costs of such tech as cloud computing, as well as for hardware such as tablets for field officers.
Dr. Scott Howland, who was the California Highway Patrol’s award-winning chief information officer, has been elevated to a new role by Fusus, a Georgia-based company that offers law enforcement agencies an integrated, cloud-based, map-based, “pane of glass” feed of surveillance video from disparate platforms.
Chief Ray Diggins, a 27-year veteran of the department, succeeds the acting CIO, Assistant Chief April Baxter, who held that role since November. The previous CIO, Chris Childs, has been promoted to assistant CHP commissioner for staff.
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.
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?
Chris Childs has been elevated to assistant commissioner for staff, and Assistant Chief April Baxter, who has worked in the department’s Information Management Division, was named acting chief information officer.
“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.
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.
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 California Highway Patrol debuted the new online solution late last year. It’s designed to improve efficiency and users’ experience in the field, and is being refined in the current fiscal year.
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.”
Positions at three essential state entities related to health care and criminal justice include a senior network cloud engineer, a full-stack software developer and an IT manager.
The enacted 2021-2022 Fiscal Year state budget includes money for the California Highway Patrol to move forward on several key IT initiatives in communications, documentation and infrastructure.
The single largest purchase was more than $8.1 million for Panasonic Toughbook tablets, which the CHP purchased June 9 through CDW-G through a California Multiple Award Schedules contract.
“My function as CIO is best summed up in two words: service and security,” Chief Chris Childs says. “When it comes to service, IT’s role is to reduce the amount of time our officers spend thinking about technology, in turn providing them more time to spend serving the public. Regarding security, the department takes the protection of the public’s personal identifying information very seriously.”
After retiring from a 30-year career with the California Highway Patrol, the law enforcement veteran now shows other police agencies across the West what his technology can do for public safety and situational awareness. "It's the perfect gig," he said.
Chief Scott Howland will retire as the CHP's chief information officer at month's end. He shared with Techwire some of his perspectives about IT -- and some of the advice he's giving his successor, Chief Chris Childs.