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California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection

The chief information officer’s latest career move will see her join a local company. She came to the state in early 2020 as California grappled in earnest with the COVID-19 pandemic.
The requests from the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection are among 39 budget change proposals, several of which would pay for IT projects.
Six key state departments are seeking managers and specialists for oversight roles. Three of these are branch chief recruitments within one department.
It’s far from a final approved act, but Gov. Gavin Newsom’s proposed 2022-2023 Fiscal Year state budget would spend millions to continue existing technology initiatives and begin new projects.
State entities seeking candidates include those related to technology, cannabis control, emergency operations and fire prevention.
Available positions include information security officer, IT manager and senior business analyst/architect.
“My goal is to build automation of the infrastructure,” Shamal Siwan says, “to create the DevSecOps culture that is taking security requirements and putting that into a DevOps mindset where automation is the key to unite people, so that everybody follows the same process … so we can ship faster, better, and avoid outages.”
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 Others, though, are no longer active.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.