CalVet's New CTO Brings Project Management, Oversight Experience

The new chief technology officer has a strong background in health-care-related IT and managing project portfolios, which is viewed as an important asset in his new role.

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The California Department of Veterans Affairs (CalVet) has named a veteran of the California Department of Technology to the position of chief technology officer.

Anthony Juarez will have oversight for all IT projects within CalVet, and five functional areas will be in his purview: information security, customer support, enterprise infrastructure, app development and support, and IT acquisitions and projects. Juarez, who started in his new role on May 22, has five direct reports, and he reports to Isaiah Mall, CalVet's agency information officer.  

For vendors interested in doing business with CalVet, Mall is still the one to contact.

"Down the road, we may share some of that," Mall said.

Mall touted Juarez's CDT experience in managing and overseeing project portfolios for the California Health and Human Services Agency (CHHS). Like CalVet, HSSA deals with individuals' personal health data, which requires familiarity with the stringent standards and practices of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). 

"I'm extremely excited to have Anthony with us," Mall told Techwire

While at CDT, Juarez was an independent project oversight manager within the Office of Statewide Project Delivery (OSPD), according to CDT spokesman Bob Andosca. Juarez's classification was IT manager 1, and he provided oversight over several projects. The final filing date to fill his position is June 12, Andosca noted.

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