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State Controller’s Office

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 new bill is one of several that illustrate how the state may spend money on technology and innovation in coming months.
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.
“Moving forward, we will continue to improve our world-class customer service, strengthen our robust security, fine-tune our data management strategy, and continue our aggressive journey to the cloud.”
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.
In a request for quote, the California State Controller’s Office seeks assistance from IT companies with software implementation.
In a request for quote, the California State Controller’s Office seeks software licenses likely to facilitate several of its core duties.
“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.
Kumar Sah joins the Sacramento web services company after holding a series of increasingly responsible roles in state government. His most recent position with the state was deputy chief information officer for the State Treasurer’s Office.
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.
Both positions include leadership responsibilities as well as expertise in technology.