California Department of Technology
Work is proceeding on several fronts to fully plan and sequence projects and ensure supplies are ready, officials said during the monthly meeting of the Middle-Mile Advisory Committee.
“We are building the middle-mile network based on data and opportunities to improve connectivity that will result in reliable and more affordable service in all regions of the state, including hard-to-reach rural and tribal communities and lower-income urban areas,” write the state’s broadband leaders.
The California Department of Technology disputes many of the findings in a new report from the California State Auditor, the latest in a series of critiques of CDT since 2013. The Auditor offers recommendations for the department as well as the Legislature on how the state should enhance its security practices.
“Delivering for all Californians has guided my work, from standing up the Office of Digital Innovation and developing a more user-centered vision for technology in the state of California, to driving vaccine equity, to building more inclusive financial products,” writes Justin Cohan-Shapiro.
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.
“In just over six months, more than 20 percent of the vaccinated population in California have downloaded a digital vaccine record,” writes Rick Klau, the state’s chief technology innovation officer.
The California Department of Technology was cited in previous reports by the State Auditor’s Office for its “high risk” security posture.
2021 was a year of pivotal change in tech leadership at the state and local levels. A look back at the headlines in California public-sector technology may reveal more about the future of the state’s IT governance than about the past.
The California Department of Consumer Affairs is seeking help from IT companies in implementing a software solution.
The California Employment Development Department spent tens of millions on IT services this year, much of it with another state entity.
The California Department of Technology’s five most expensive purchases of IT goods in 2021, through mid-December, were all made with the same vendor, a familiar presence in state IT, and were quite costly.
Available positions include information security officer, IT manager and senior business analyst/architect.
State Chief Information Officer Amy Tong, who’s led the California Department of Technology for more than five years, is moving to a new executive role in state government at month’s end.
“Leaders of tech companies and government leaders are more committed to cybersecurity than I’ve ever seen. They are taking immediate steps, working to drive collaboration between government and industry, and I believe they have assembled the right team of security ‘rock stars’ to make it work,” writes Vitaliy Panych, California’s chief information security officer.
The latest California Department of Technology Vendor Forum offered IT companies the latest word on current and upcoming procurements as well as ongoing IT work and process updates.
The section chief will oversee two key teams in addition to managing the budget, monitoring staff work and ensuring adherence to the strategic goals of the California Department of Technology.
The two chief positions — one for transformation and digital stabilization, the other for digital identity — are part of the growth promised by state Chief Technology Innovation Officer Rick Klau, who heads the Office of Enterprise Technology.
State Chief Information Officer Amy Tong and Chief Technology Officer Liana Bailey-Crimmins updated attendees Friday on several far-reaching IT projects and initiatives now underway. They spoke at the Techwire State of Technology California Industry Forum.