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State Controller’s Office

“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.
Application deadlines have been set for the positions, which are in the California State Lottery and the State Controller’s Office, respectively.
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.
“I am thrilled to join HiPER, a company that uniquely aligns with my expertise in project management, procurement and governance,” Russ Nichols told Industry Insider — California. “In today’s landscape of budget constraints and soaring expectations, the synergy between my skill set and HiPER’s tools is paramount.”
“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 State Controller’s Office has issued a request for quote seeking assistance with IT testing and assessment.
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 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.