IE11 Not Supported

For optimal browsing, we recommend Chrome, Firefox or Safari browsers.

California Department of Food and Agriculture

The Best of California Awards during the California Virtual Digital Government Summit acknowledged high-achieving state IT officials and significant recent IT projects.
“We have the technology road map, where we want to go, how we want to invest in the technology, how it will reduce our technical debt, how it will help improve and make some consistent business processes and programs. A lot of these things are part of the digital transformation aspect – but I need that culture change,” says Rob Peterson, agency information officer at the California Department of Food and Agriculture.
The California Department of Food and Agriculture has issued a request for offer calling for vendors to help it stand up an IT asset management program.
Gov. Gavin Newsom’s proposed 2021-2022 Fiscal Year state budget has grown to $267.8 billion in its May revision and could fund a variety of IT- and innovation-related projects.
The California Department of Food and Agriculture wants to learn about potential options to replace a key system it uses to guard against consumer, livestock and economic health threats.
The chief information officer provides day-to-day supervision and oversight over all the department’s IT sections, including Applications Development Services, Customer Support and Services, Information Security and Infrastructure Operations, the Technology Governance Section, and the Enterprise Architecture Section.
Rob Peterson, who worked in the private sector before joining state government in 2014, had been the chief information officer for the California Department of Food and Agriculture for almost five years before being named agency information officer this month.
The executive will manage large, complex IT operations including automated systems and applications and will help develop the department’s overall strategy and direction.
The California Department of Food and Agriculture and the state Department of General Services are seeking to fill six key IT positions between them, including five IT specialists of various classifications and an IT manager.
As part of its ongoing quest to more closely connect readers in gov tech and the technology industry, Techwire heard from Jennifer Chan, agency information officer at the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) on how her agency's IT shop is structured; on her role; and about ongoing CDFA initiatives.