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California Secretary of State's Office

Reporters and the public rely on Cal-Access to track campaign fundraising, as well as how much is being spent by lobbyists. But the antiquated web portal probably won’t be replaced until at least after the 2026 statewide election.
Facing a looming deadline to introduce proposed laws, state Assembly members and senators continue to release legislation that could impact IT companies and governments alike.
Several state entities are already underway on technology modernizations and could seek additional funding during the 2024-2025 fiscal year budget cycle starting next month, as officials confront California’s estimated $68 billion budget deficit.
In the third quarter of 2022, by comparison, the California Secretary of State’s Office spent $604,095 on its five largest purchases of IT goods.
The positions are in the California Secretary of State’s Office and the California Department of Technology, respectively. Application deadlines for both roles are this month.
The state has offered email, text and call-based notifications of ballot status to voters since 2020. For 2024, the California Secretary of State is asking for quotes for the 58-county system.
The recruitments are being conducted by the Employment Development Department, the Office of the Secretary of State and the Department of Social Services.
As part of Industry Insider — California’s ongoing efforts to inform readers about state and local government agencies, their IT plans and initiatives, here’s the latest in our periodic series of interviews with the state’s IT leaders.
The longtime state government technology executive will begin on Oct. 2 as the city’s first chief technology and innovation officer.
The recruitments are being conducted by the California Secretary of State’s Office and the Department of Toxic Substances Control.
Entities seeking candidates include the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control, the Secretary of State’s Office, the Department of Child Support Services and the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.
“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.
Candidates for the CISO role and other positions are sought by the California State Lottery, the California Department of Public Health and the California Secretary of State’s Office.
The open positions are in the departments of Aging, Conservation and Transportation and in the Office of the Secretary of State.
Secretary of State Shirley Weber said the prior vendor contracts were canceled and her office is now working with the California Department of Technology, using its project management system.
The office’s five largest transactions for IT services during the year’s third quarter approached the mid-seven figures combined.
Job openings include the Sierra Nevada Conservancy, the California Department of Technology, the California Secretary of State’s Office and the Office of Systems Integration.
Candidates are sought for the positions of division chief, information security manager and chief enterprise technical architect.
Departments with significant vacancies include the Department of Health Care Services, the Department of Public Health, the Department of Transportation, and the Secretary of State’s Office.
In a request for quotation, the California Secretary of State’s Office is seeking “risk-limiting audit support to perform county training, assistance and support” for the state’s 58 counties.
The Little Hoover Commission, a California government watchdog agency, recommends that the state invest in a publicly owned, open source elections system. In this system, expert “white hat” hackers and interested members of the public could review the source code and report potential vulnerabilities to the California Secretary of State’s Office. Only authorized personnel would be allowed to physically modify the code.
The chief project officer reports to the chief information officer and directly oversees project managers, specialists and other support staff while working closely with the chief technology officer and other executives.
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.
The Office’s California Automated Lobbyist and Campaign Contribution and Expenditure Search System (Cal-Access) replacement project has paused temporarily and is being examined by a vendor.
The California Secretary of State’s Office’s five most expensive purchases of IT services in August nearly reached the mid-seven figures, with two related to modernizing aspects of the voting process.
The new system should be in place before the November 2024 general election, and the contract could last more than 10 years. The registration deadline for a mandatory proposers conference is Monday.
The California secretary of state’s office is among many that received funding for IT and innovation projects in the new Fiscal Year 2021-2022 state budget, officials with e.Republic said during a recent virtual briefing for Techwire members.