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A large part of DOR’s work involves assistive technology, and Chief Information Officer Jacob “Jake” Johnson said the department’s changes will involve its tech team.
“Aligning with the governor’s multi-year cybersecurity roadmap, FI$Cal’s Cal-Secure initiative incorporates people, process and technology to employ cutting-edge solutions that will strengthen the department’s cybersecurity defenses,” writes FI$Cal Director Jennifer Maguire.
As part of Industry Insider — California’s ongoing efforts to inform readers about state agencies, their IT plans and initiatives, here’s the latest in our periodic series of interviews with departmental IT leaders.
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.
Tech leaders from the Employment Development Department and the California Department of Rehabilitation spoke recently about how vendors can help them meet the needs of the disabled as well as those without Internet access.
The State of Technology: California Industry Forum on Thursday will offer attendees a variety of perspectives from technology leaders across state government.
The IT leader at a key state department talked to Industry Insider — California about ongoing initiatives and potential procurements this year.
“Planned enhancements include electronic fund transfer, a vendor portal, bond accounting and other enhancements to process common transactions,” Director Jennifer Maguire writes.
The Department of Pesticide Regulation is seeking a chief information officer, and the Department of Rehabilitation is recruiting for an information security and privacy officer.
The state Department of Rehabilitation spent under $500,000 on its five largest IT goods purchases during the last quarter of 2022, down significantly from the previous quarter.
The department spent just under $2 million in the third quarter of 2022 on laptops, hard drives, cloud services and other items.
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 initiative in question is one that may ultimately lead to a wider roll-out depending upon verifiable results.
The Department of Rehabilitation and the California Public Utilities Commission are conducting searches for candidates for these key executive roles.
“For the first time, I’ll be coming at this from the other side of the partnership, listening and collaborating to identify and implement technology solutions that meet each group’s unique business and program needs,” Jon Kirkham told Industry Insider — California.
The online event will feature remarks from the top leaders of the California Department of Technology, a discussion of the Cal-Secure cybersecurity road map, a review of 2021 and a look ahead to 2022, and a question-and-answer session for those in the industry.