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The leadership courses and boot camps offered by the California Department of Technology’s Office of Professional Development, now offered virtually, have drawn more applicants from within state government as well as from counties and cities across California.
State lawmakers and Gov. Gavin Newsom didn’t just focus on broadband and cybersecurity this session. The governor recently signed several other bills of interest to the technology sector that run the gamut from wildfire tech to personal information.
Steve Kustin rejoined the Sacramento Municipal Utility District four months ago. As he conducts a “listening” tour with his 70 team members, he has five specific goals. And there are vendor opportunities on the horizon.
Melissa Brunetti has more than 20 years’ experience as a consultant and analyst, and she was elevated to her current role in September, just two months after joining the Sacramento-based company as a program manager.
“I believe that FI$Cal will continue to push the envelope and lead the way for California government entities in the adoption and use of modern technologies, systems and practices,” says Miriam Ingenito, director of the Financial Information System for California.
In a Task Order Solicitation, the city of Los Angeles Sanitation and Environment department is seeking a Customer Relationship Management system.
“I’m honored to be named area vice president for ServiceNow and can’t wait to be able to work closely with our customers in state and local governments, higher education organizations and health-care providers,” Rick Taylor told Techwire.
The National Association of State Chief Information Officers recently honored people and projects that have demonstrated innovation in technology within the public sector, including from California.
The CIO is responsible, according to the job posting, for IT strategic planning, policy development, goal setting, management of enterprise architecture, information security, applications services, technology and infrastructure services, and department legacy systems interfaces.
“I am excited to be representing Oracle Cloud Platform IaaS and PaaS solutions as a new and powerful platform for state of California departments and agencies,” Craig Russell told Techwire.
Here’s a look at where the nation’s second-largest city by population spent some of the federal Coronavirus Relief Funds it received with technology and innovation companies.
The Department of Managed Health Care is seeking two specialists — a data architect and a data systems analyst. Both recruitments will continue until the positions are filled.
The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation and California Correctional Health Care Services want to learn more about making virtual physical therapy services available to the incarcerated.
Kumar Sah joins the Sacramento web services company after holding a series of increasingly responsible roles in state government. His most recent position with the state was deputy chief information officer for the State Treasurer’s Office.
Techwire is pleased to welcome Mentis LLC to the Techwire family. Mentis provides next-generation digital and IT consulting services to state government and local agencies to transform their public-sector policies into innovative programs of this digital age. Mentis, based in the Sacramento area, offers services in cloud, data, AI/analytics and digital transformation through its “Software Engineering DNA,” developing customers’ digital personalities. Mentis has delivered solutions in sectors including health and human services, pensions, tax services and environment protection. For more information, go to or contact Ashok Bhatia, president and CEO.
With a signature, Gov. Gavin Newsom has approved several notable pieces of proposed technology legislation.
Techwire is pleased to welcome TIBCO Software to the Techwire family. TIBCO empowers government entities to wield the power of real-time data in making swifter, better-informed choices. For more than a quarter century, TIBCO has helped entities boost effectiveness, supported their oversight and driven transparency through programs across the enterprise. Its Connected Intelligence Platform provides seamless connections for any data source or app, unifying data intelligently for better access, trust and control; and enabling the confident prediction of outcomes at scale and in real time. TIBCO’s Cloud Integration is cloud-native, built to simplify and accelerate event-driven APIs and integrations, and to automate business process and workflows. For more information, visit
The California Department of Managed Health Care spent just under $2 million on its five costliest contracts for IT services in the first half of this year, according to data in the State Contract and Procurement Registration System.
The departments seek candidates for roles including principal platform engineer, project director, data and analytics manager, and section manager.
While Los Angeles County weighs a comprehensive report on broadening Internet access, San Jose turns to cryptocurrency as a way to fund residents’ access.
“I was looking to return to my first love, a software company which is exclusive to supporting the administration of elections only,” Davi Bosch told Techwire.
Bringing all remaining state agencies and departments into the state’s accounting and budget system means robotic process automation and end-user training will offer key opportunities for vendors to help.
The governor OK’d five bills that require the state Employment Development Department to streamline processing of claims, plug gaps in identity protection and develop a plan in the event of future recessions like the one brought on last year by the COVID-19 pandemic.
“I have a passion for this job. I really do. I look at every day as an opportunity and a blessing to make a change for the county and help support and improve business processes across the organization. It’s definitely a privilege and an honor to serve in this position,” says Rami Zakaria, CIO and director of the Department of Technology for Sacramento County.
Techwire’s sister publication Government Technology does a deep dive into how the cyber landscape has evolved to an almost unrecognizable degree in the past 20 years. Here’s a look at recent history, an analysis of policy changes aimed at battling today’s threats, and a consideration of what the future may hold.
Positions in recruitment include an innovative design manager, an account director, a product lead and a procurement manager.
The California Department of Technology spent millions on IT goods last month, with some of its most expensive purchases being in the areas of hardware and support.
The veteran technologist has worked in the public and private sectors. Before joining Microsoft in 2014, he was with what’s now the California Department of Technology.
“Technology came into my life accidentally as simply a way to pay for college,” says Van Williams. “Professionally, I’ve worked in so many areas of IT that I’ve started to lose count. I’ve worked as a systems admin, database admin and developer, software engineer, network administrator, and in various architecture roles.”
“The pace of technology innovation is increasing, and Renee’s industry expertise will help ensure that we iterate and expand our AI-powered platform to deliver a best-in-class product to the market,” said Chris Carson, co-founder and CEO of Hayden AI Technologies.