The state Department of Conservation is on track to complete its migration to the cloud by mid-year, after which it 'will likely start looking at opportunities to advance and leverage our new cloud-based infrastructure,' CIO Catherine Kendall tells Techwire.
Gov. Gavin Newsom has pressed for several new approaches in his first week in office, including a Department of Motor Vehicles Strike Team. GovOps Secretary Marybel Batjer, who leads the team, says it's too soon to talk about her plans.
Gov. Gavin Newsom announced a new Office of Digital Innovation and innovation academy in the state's proposed 2019-20 budget. He's calling for significant change in state IT governance and procurement practices.
The executive order stretches the role of the Department of General Services (DGS) and the California Department of Technology (CDT) to "develop a new iterative procurement approach called an Innovation Procurement Sprint."
"Like any of these federal agencies that are closed as a result of the shutdown, [it] has put a burden on state and local governments that are engaging with them on a daily basis," Cal OES Director Mark Ghilarducci told Techwire. "They're a component that we plug into this toolbox and throughout this process, without them being open we continue to operate. We can't not operate."
Nabil Fares, CIO of the California Department of Tax and Fee Administration, will retire from state service at the end of the year. Before he leaves, he reflects on some of his department's accomplishments during his tenure.
Throughout the state, there are $60 billion in school bonds for construction. The state assumes a 5 percent inflation rate, which results in $250 million a month. The Division of the State Architect sees about $1 billion in work a month, according to State Architect Chester Widom.
California's Judicial Council, the policy body constitutionally responsible for enforcing the impartial administration of justice by the state’s judicial branch, has released its Strategic Plan for Technology.