The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection’s top five most expensive purchases of IT services in August reached the mid-seven figures and included two expenditures around wide-area network.
Douglas Leone, agency information security officer at the California Labor and Workforce Development Agency, discussed “Navigating the Cyber Threat Landscape” on Tuesday at the California Virtual Digital Government Summit.
Two key pieces of broadband legislation cleared the statehouse Thursday and are headed to Gov. Gavin Newsom’s desk for signatures. If signed, the bills would take effect immediately, streamlining the permitting process for broadband infrastructure projects and bolstering funding.
The entity selected has a long history of working with state and local government to improve Internet access. Here, it will focus on “developing the fiber network, creating rural exchange points, and collaborating with the California Public Utilities Commission and Caltrans” on, generally, middle-mile broadband.
The Legislature’s timeframe to pass bills this session is getting very short but several significant pieces of proposed technology and innovation legislation are still alive. Others, though, are no longer active.
Many provisions from the proposed legislation – which centered on creating more efficient and transparent IT projects and systems – were included in a budget trailer bill that Gov. Gavin Newsom recently signed into law.
The proposed legislation, from state Sen. Bill Dodd, D-Napa, is aimed at driving public-private collaboration on IT that can help authorities grapple with natural disasters like California’s historic wildfires.