“The incumbent will also be responsible for developing policy and strategic plans, establishing strategic goals and longer-range planning, and determining new enterprise-wide direction and policy decisions,” the job posting says.
The California State Payroll System Project is a long-delayed initiative to modernize state government’s payroll process. The State Controller’s Office is seeking an experienced executive to oversee its many elements.
The California departments of Human Resources and Tax and Fee Administration received millions in funding with the approval of the 2023-2024 Fiscal Year state budget to continue vital IT initiatives.
Gov. Gavin Newsom hasn’t signed the new state budget yet, but as approved by lawmakers, it contains considerable funding for departmental IT projects.
The California State Controller’s Office asks for money that would enable it to fund software licensing, make six expiring positions permanent and continue activities related to technology modernization.
Departments seeking expertise include the California Public Utilities Commission, the Department of Transportation, the State Controller’s Office and the Department of Technology.
“We are at an exciting juncture as a department, and working on these and other initiatives for a system of this scale is a unique challenge. … Above all, I am happy to come home to this department,” writes Subbarao Mupparaju.
The longtime state executive has been elevated to a key role in her former department’s parent agency, the California Government Operations Agency. She was sworn in Monday.
The technical manager “must demonstrate the highest level of expertise in leadership, design, development and configuration of highly complex technical systems, in System Development Lifecycle practices, waterfall and agile system implementation methodologies, change control practices and customer service,” the duty statement says.
The State Controller’s Office is seeking vendors to propose solutions for the sweeping project, with a contract term of four years and five optional one-year add-ons.
The California State Controller’s Office made just a handful of IT services purchases last month, but spent in the low seven figures on its five costliest.
The delay likely will continue to hamper the ability of the State Controller’s Office to complete annual financial reports on time, which could eventually harm California’s credit rating and increase borrowing costs, the audit says.
The Financial Information System for California’s five most expensive purchases of IT goods this year accounted for many millions in spend, and three were made with the same vendor.
“My goal is to build automation of the infrastructure,” Shamal Siwan says, “to create the DevSecOps culture that is taking security requirements and putting that into a DevOps mindset where automation is the key to unite people, so that everybody follows the same process … so we can ship faster, better, and avoid outages.”
“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.
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.