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Rebecca Friedman is the Founder and President of Koru Strategies, a public sector business development advisory firm. She previously worked as the Media Services Director for the Los Angeles County Internal Services Department. She is passionate about improving the business of government IT.
Prompted by a data breach, the county has reorganized its Internal Services Division. The Computing Services Branch will now focus exclusively on cybersecurity and will be led by Jac Fagundo, a 30-year veteran of the county division.
Technologists teamed up to present proposals and proofs of concept to a team of judges, who "invested" in some of the teams' ideas. The idea was to spur creativity among the county IT team and to emphasize agile methodology in IT innovation.
“The Office of the CIO is very proud of the effort and leadership that was displayed in launching the #LACounty Women in Data Science inaugural event," said LA County CIO Bill Kehoe. Last week's event was held at the county's former data center — the same site where the Apollo Command Module was designed.
The Southern California Association of Governments hosted more than 100 government data analysts, systems analysts, project managers, and elected and appointed officials for "School of Data," sessions designed to improve government workers' analytical skills and data-related work.
Local governments face the challenge of unifying a digital experience across many agencies with many business processes that evolve as ordinances change. For that reason, experts say, UX hinges on connecting developers with users.
IT leaders from California's municipal hotbeds of innovation share advice for how local governments can better connect with their residents through tech innovation. The gathering was the Summit on Government Performance & Innovation, hosted by Governing magazine and Living Cities.