Legislation approved by lawmakers would require the state Employment Development Department to enact far-reaching changes recommended by a pair of state audits that found the agency unprepared for the joblessness caused when many of the state’s businesses were shut down during the health crisis.
“We basically give them a software package,” said Alex Chohlas-Wood of the Stanford Computational Policy Lab. “Our software package spits out a redacted narrative. It’s essentially acting as a bumper against the use of race in charging decisions.”
The bill would have set a May 31 deadline for the Employment Development Department to implement recommendations aimed at reducing delays in paying benefits, prioritizing modernization of its technology, assessing its call center operations and improving its tracking of claimants’ problems.
More accessible and more affordable broadband connectivity, as well as improvements to the state’s energy grid, could be in store for California, depending on what the federal infrastructure bill ultimately contains.
Federal investigators began to take notice after the Employment Development Department began to crack down on multiple claims from the same address, something that occurred just before California prosecutors revealed that EDD had become the target of a multibillion-dollar fraud.
Officials in Rialto are using funding from the state’s Clean Mobility Options Voucher Pilot Program to launch electric bike-share hubs around the city. The bikes are a preferred means of travel among residents.
Already, the state has received nearly 70,000 troubleshooting forms submitted online by residents looking to correct or complete their information, according to the California Department of Public Health.
The California departments of Technology (CDT) and Public Health (CDPH) collaborated to stand up a solution that will connect residents with electronic proof that they have received the COVID-19 vaccine. CDT led the tool’s technical development; CDPH coordinated immunization records and provided policy expertise.
Privacy experts say California’s massive immunization program is proliferating health data among nonclinical entities, including employers, pharmacies, community-based health organizations and telehealth providers.
Apple plans to add nearly 4,000 jobs in greater San Diego through 2026, which could mean more interest in nearby universities that focus on wireless technology, artificial intelligence, silicon engineering and cybersecurity.
Now that the Google Chromebooks, the personal protective equipment and other special items have been secured with federal funds, California’s K-12 schools stand to gain another $16 billion. It’s coming from the $1.9 trillion coronavirus stimulus bill that President Joe Biden signed in March.
Officials became aware of a “large-scale security breach of electronic financial records at Huntington Park City Hall” that was “intercepted and contained” by the city’s IT department, and the Huntington Park Police Department initiated a criminal investigation.
The satellites’ targets will include oil and gas operations, waste management facilities, dairies and other industries that researchers say spew much of the state’s methane, a short-lived but powerful pollutant that is more than 80 times more effective at trapping heat than carbon dioxide.
The governor said early in the coronavirus pandemic that he planned to make telework a permanent option for state employees, and he ordered department directors in November to incorporate savings from remote work in proposals for mandatory across-the-board spending reductions of 5 percent.
The details, released Tuesday, mark the first time the Mountain View-based search giant has outlined specific efforts it will undertake for the community, after months of closed-door negotiations with the city. The City Council is expected to decide on the development agreement by June.
The Accellion system was attacked over the winter by suspects exploiting a flaw in its software. Among the other colleges reportedly affected are the universities of Maryland, Colorado and Miami, and Yeshiva University in New York. Government agencies and private companies were also targeted.
The auditor’s report urged the California Department of Public Health to conduct a thorough re-evaluation of its contact tracing program by May 15. In its written response to the audit, the department said it’s already retooling the system.
The new software program is an all-in-one system, which means each of the department’s three divisions can work more efficiently. The upgrade includes a streamlined report-writing module, portals for the courts and other county offices to view information, and an evidence system component, according to the Sheriff’s Office.
The California State Controller’s Office has notified more than 9,000 people with unclaimed property whose information could have been improperly accessed by a hacker, and is taking additional security measures following the breach last week.