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Industry Insider — California debuted a new series this year, Profiles in Government. Here’s more on its coverage of some of the state’s most significant departments.
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 positions are in the California Department of Transportation, the Department of Finance and the Employment Development Department.
During the pandemic, the challenge for the department wasn’t just dealing with the surge of claims; it also had to implement new federal aid programs.
The new executive is a 10-year veteran of the department and has more than 20 years in state service. He was also a consumer of the department’s services for the disabled.
The California Department of Finance, which among its many responsibilities prepares the state budget, is underway on a significant technology refresh.
A budget-implementing bill signed by Gov. Gavin Newsom affirms many millions in technology and modernization monies for state and local governments.
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 state employees’ retirement system is “seeking a dynamic, innovative leader” for the technology that runs the nation’s largest public pension fund. The position allows for partial remote work and includes a possible incentive award of up to 15 percent of annual salary.
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.
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.
“Now that FI$Cal is the owner and operator of the state’s integrated cash management, accounting, budget and procurement system, we have already begun to streamline the way state government does business,” says Miriam Barcellona Ingenito, director of the Financial Information System for California.
The chief information officer will direct and manage six IT programs: System Requirements and Testing, Application Services, Service Management and Support Services, Enterprise Services/Configuration Management, the Information Security Office, and the coordination of contracted staff.
“I believe that FI$Cal will continue to push the envelope and lead the way for California government entities in the adoption and use of modern technologies, systems and practices,” says Miriam Ingenito, director of the Financial Information System for California.
Bringing all remaining state agencies and departments into the state’s accounting and budget system means robotic process automation and end-user training will offer key opportunities for vendors to help.
Several bills signed into law by Gov. Gavin Newsom would provide funding for technology modernization and bring some additional oversight.
Miriam Ingenito will provide an update on what her department has been focused on in the past year, what’s on the front burner now, and what opportunities may lie ahead for those in the vendor community.
The California departments of Finance and Veterans Affairs, and the new California Privacy Protection Agency are seeking to hire IT managers and a deputy director.
The entity selected has a long history of working with state and local government to improve Internet access. Here, it will focus on “developing the fiber network, creating rural exchange points, and collaborating with the California Public Utilities Commission and Caltrans” on, generally, middle-mile broadband.
The California Student Aid Commission was a small department with a big problem: It needed a new grant management system, but didn’t have the money for a high-dollar “waterfall” venture. So its chief information officer broke the project into pieces and served as his own general contractor.