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Matt Williams

Matt Williams was Managing Editor of Techwire from June 2014 through May 2017.
Techwire recently spoke with Amy Poinsett, co-founder and CEO of MJ Freeway, about how technology is serving the cannabis industry and her observations as California quickly stands up IT systems that will help regulate medical and recreational cannabis statewide.
As was hinted at earlier this month, Louis Stewart started Monday as the city of Sacramento's chief innovation officer. He comes aboard just two months after officials in Mayor Darrell Steinberg's administration told Techwire that they would be restructuring the city’s Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship.
The new Security Operations Center (SOC) the California Department of Technology plans to open in July next to the state data center in Rancho Cordova will utilize a range of tools, technologies and staff services to monitor traffic on the California Government Enterprise Network (CGEN).
This year T5 Data Centers announced L.A. County would be migrating its data center operations to the company's T5@LA data center. The leased location will become the county's Enterprise Data Center.
Santa Cruz, San Mateo and Santa Clara counties could soon be allowed to share information about children identified as vulnerable to abuse and neglect via a first-of-its-kind partnership.
The California Department of Technology and the Department of General Services have partnered with Grant Thornton to develop a taxonomy of available acquisition methods. There are 42 acquisition methods alone in the state's financial information system.
The service enables customers to connect directly to cloud service providers. The California Department of Technology onboarded its first customer onto the service this week.
Louis Stewart, the deputy director for innovation and entrepreneurship in the Governor's Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz), announced on Twitter he's leaving the post for another position in Sacramento.
A major bid opportunity could be on the way in fall 2017. The Department of Health Care Services' Office of Medi-Cal Procurement announced on its website that an RFP is being developed for "various operations" of the California Medicaid Management Information System (CA-MMIS).
The L.A. County Board of Supervisors is scheduled this morning to consider approval of a project that will develop an electronic portal for sharing data on alleged perpetrators and others within investigations of child abuse or neglect. The project will be done through a work order under the county's master services agreement with IBM.
The city of Oakland has proposed a $1.3 billion budget for fiscal year 2017-18 that includes some technology initiatives.
Tech companies are concerned about proposed legislation that would require businesses that maintain critical infrastructure to report cyberincidents to the California Office of Emergency Services.
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The Department of General Services this week issued an Intent to Award document giving notification that approximately 250 companies qualified for the IT Consulting Services Master Service Agreement (MSA).
California Public Utilities Commission CIO Reza Yazdi was the featured speaker at the Techwire Industry Briefing on Tuesday in Sacramento. During his informative presentation, Yazdi talked about the CPUC's core mission and structure, and he described in detail the commission's current and future IT projects — and how vendors can get involved.
The California Department of Transportation will implement a new policy by July 1 that will install broadband conduit in projects on priority corridors when road work includes trenching, according to an announcement Monday from Assemblymember Jim Wood, D-Healdsburg.
Plans to create a statewide water data platform for California are coming into focus. The state has determined it's "critical" that outside professional services be hired to successfully complete the project.
The California Public Employees' Retirement System (CalPERS) announced Friday it's expecting to release a Request for Proposal for a Data and System Backup and Restore, and Data and System Disaster Recovery (BR/DR) solution by the end of this month.
The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) is proposing, through the 2017-18 budget, to spend at least $2.6 million to stand up and staff its own Security Operations Center.
The Senate Rules Committee voted 4-to-0 on Wednesday afternoon to confirm Amy Tong, state CIO and director of the California Department of Technology.
A state audit of the DMV's disabled person parking placard program made public on Tuesday found that it's difficult for enforcement personnel to tap into existing information sources, and that the creation of a new database could be warranted in order to help identify fraud and abuse.
Amid a report that the price tag for the University of California's new enterprise payroll and personnel system could exceed half a billion dollars and the full rollout delayed to late 2018, here's what you should know.
Many local governments are returning from recess this week. Here is your weekly notice of contracts to watch. We've also included some pre-RFP plans and projects we’re following.
More than a dozen new companies have been selected for the state's expanded pool of developers now eligible to bid on opportunities for agile and user-centered design services, the California Department of Technology announced Monday afternoon.
The state's Child Welfare Digital Services (CWDS) awarded a contract this month to EngagePoint Inc. for technology platform services on California's child welfare system modernization project, according to the CWDS website.
The Sacramento City Council could soon consider a "policy framework" that would enable the city to partner with various types of companies on innovation work, the city's CIO, Maria MacGunigal, said in an interview this week with Capital Public Radio.
California Department of Technology Deputy Director Christie Borchin, who has led the Office of Professional Development since 2013, plans to retire in June. Borchin is a career civil servant who previously was agency CIO of the California Department of Veterans Affairs and CIO of the Department of Insurance (2008-10).
Many local governments are on recess for part of March and April, but some are still active. Here are current IT contracts to watch.
In the past, that job has largely been left to Internet service providers. But some advocates and lawmakers think it would be more effective for the state to take more of a "DIY" bent.
The board voted 3 to 2 to approve agreements with two vendors that will work on the Centralized Revenue Opportunity System project — a $4.1 million contract with Grant Thornton for quality assurance and Independent Verification and Validation (IV&V), and a $3.4 million contract with International Network Consulting Inc. for senior-level programming services for data remediation activities.