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The California departments of Finance and Veterans Affairs, and the new California Privacy Protection Agency are seeking to hire IT managers and a deputy director.
The municipality is seeking IT contractors to improve Internet service to the attendance area of one of its high schools as well as surrounding communities.
The Best of California Awards during the California Virtual Digital Government Summit acknowledged high-achieving state IT officials and significant recent IT projects.
As part of Techwire’s ongoing efforts to educate readers on state agencies, their IT plans and initiatives, here’s the latest in our periodic series of interviews with departmental IT and cybersecurity leaders.
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.
The Roseville Police Department is expected to roll out 150 body-worn cameras to officers later this month, making it the latest Sacramento-area law enforcement agency to use the technology.
The State Water Resources Control Board has released an Invitation for Bid in an effort to do more with data literacy, a core organization principle.
“We are excited that Sean brings a proven track record of developing and growing key relationships with state and local government entities across the country,” said Joe Mara, Elastic’s vice president for North American SLED and all Canadian markets.
The new second in command in the state Office of Enterprise Technology, Phoebe Peronto of San Francisco, shares professional roots in the startup world with her new boss, state CTIO Rick Klau.
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.
The position with the nation’s largest public pension fund has been open since February, when the former CISO, Liana Bailey-Crimmins, was appointed state chief technology officer and moved to the California Department of Technology.
With more than 20 years in the technology industry, including the last three with Microsoft, Aparna Jain says she’s excited about her new position, in which she’ll work with California state and local governments.
The state Legislature sent several bills with potential significance to IT vendors to Gov. Gavin Newsom for a signature.
The research company has elevated Dr. Scott MacDonald to director of field sales for the Western states. The new additions are Matthew Hazlett, regional director for California; and Scott Magerfleisch, who will serve as executive adviser for the company, advising senior executives.
“If a state is interested in offering a service similar to what we launched in California, they can take our code, connect it to their own back end, and generate digital vaccine records for their residents,” writes Rick Klau, California's chief technology innovation officer.
In an Invitation for Bid, the California Department of Technology is seeking technology to assist the California Department of Conservation in enhancing how earthquake data is generated and reported.
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.
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.
Russ Nichols of the California Department of Technology will deliver a key address at the meeting of the Municipal Information Systems Association of California. The group’s president, Roseville CIO Hong Sae, will deliver his “State of the Association” address, as well.
“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.”
“I guess I would say I’m kind of equal parts technology evangelist, strategist/futurist and project manager. I think in the big picture, (I) really focus on pushing forward the importance of technology as a whole and often in an environment which is resistant to change or adapting some old processes to technology,” says Nate Greenberg, IT director for Mono County and the town of Mammoth Lakes.
“Okay, I gave retirement a try,” Curtis Cadwallader wrote on LinkedIn. “That was fine for awhile, but I’m glad to be back doing what I do best, providing solutions as a senior solution architect. ...”
“I’m thrilled to be joining CDT as the state’s first chief product officer,” Michael Cave said. “This is an outstanding opportunity to help both CDT and the state of California.”
Requirements for the position include a strong understanding of IT policy, information security, procurement, and enterprise architecture standards, and expert knowledge of principles of IT project management, approval and oversight processes for IT projects, and the Systems Development Life Cycle.
The COVID-19 pandemic accentuated the state department’s needs, and it partnered with an IT company to update the workflow, moving it off paper and improving visibility.
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Drossos has a deep background in technology and managed services used by education agencies. His selection to run Apogee was described by the Texas-based company as “a leadership transition aimed at taking the company to the next level of innovation and growth.”
The county has openings for a chief information officer, a deputy chief information officer, a chief information security officer and a chief data officer.
The populous public entity is calling for proposals from companies that can provide it a comprehensive, forward-thinking broadband plan.
Rick Klau, California’s chief technology innovation officer, hit the ground running when he joined state government earlier this year. He’s been focused primarily on how the state can best use technology in fighting the COVID-19 pandemic.