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California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection

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.
Marybel Batjer, a former secretary of the Government Operations Agency, took over the top job at the California Public Utilities Commission in August 2019. Her term wasn’t due to expire until 2027.
Several bills signed into law by Gov. Gavin Newsom would provide funding for technology modernization and bring some additional oversight.
The Best of California Awards during the California Virtual Digital Government Summit acknowledged high-achieving state IT officials and significant recent IT projects.
The state Legislature sent several bills with potential significance to IT vendors to Gov. Gavin Newsom for a signature.
The Legislature’s timeframe to pass bills this session is getting very short but several significant pieces of proposed technology and innovation legislation are still alive. Others, though, are no longer active.
The proposed legislation, from state Sen. Bill Dodd, D-Napa, is aimed at driving public-private collaboration on IT that can help authorities grapple with natural disasters like California’s historic wildfires.
The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection’s portion of the new Fiscal Year 2021-2022 state budget should enable it to continue its work in IT and innovation.
Departments are seeking to hire a data center chief, a branch chief, a senior technical adviser/developer, and a network engineer.
Officials at the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services and other entities are working with the Science and Technology Directorate of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and technology companies on doing more to spot wildfires.
“Akamai’s outage impacted CAL FIRE and seven other state government websites,” California Department of Technology spokeswoman Amy Norris told The Sacramento Bee. The data resources provider was able to correct the problem, which it said was not the result of a cyber attack.