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California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services

Beth Cousins is chief information officer at the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES), a position she has held since Feb. 18, 2020 – less than a month before the COVID-19 pandemic took hold. As previously reported by Industry Insider – California, she will step down from her role May 20 to join Yellow Wood Recovery in Rancho Cordova as chief operating officer. Her daughter is CEO there.
Planes capable of predicting the behavior of wildfires and beaming information directly to crews on the ground in real time have proven invaluable in major disasters across California. Now, they will become a permanent part of firefighters’ arsenals, after attracting millions of dollars in state funding, officials announced Tuesday.
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.
State departments with these and other active recruitments include the Department of Managed Health Care, the Employment Development Department and the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services.
The California Department of Motor Vehicles is recruiting for a manager to oversee projects and portfolios, and the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services is seeking an expert in user interface and user experience.
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.
The California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services made more than 20 purchases of IT goods last month but just one IT services buy. Here are its most expensive acquisitions.
According to the State Contract and Procurement Registration System, the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services’ five largest purchases of IT goods together added up to $31,284,612.
Two of the openings are in the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services; others are in the California Department of Technology and the California Department of Veterans Affairs.
In a request for proposal that’s pre-solicitation, the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services wants to hear from IT companies that can help it work on “911 data analytics services.”
State legislators have proposed laws that could alter the process and procurement of IT projects, generate digital equity in education and highlight the importance of cybersecurity.
Six key state departments are seeking managers and specialists for oversight roles. Three of these are branch chief recruitments within one department.
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.
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 roles are with the California Department of Toxic Substances Control, the California High-Speed Rail Authority and the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services.
The Financial Information System for California has named a new chief information officer, a new chief information security officer and a new chief deputy director, filling key vacancies on Director Miriam Barcellona Ingenito’s management team.
Positions are available with the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services, the Secretary of State’s Office and the California Department of Veterans Affairs.
Two of the openings are with the California Department of Motor Vehicles, and the others are with the Department of Health Care Access and Information, the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services and the Department of General Services.
“I am hopeful this approach of condensing and aligning these prior efforts into Cal-Secure can succeed in maturing the state’s cybersecurity posture,” said Assemblymember Jacqui Irwin, the Ventura County Democrat who chairs the Assembly’s Select Committee on Cybersecurity.
The Department of Toxic Substances Control and the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services are seeking specialists for key roles.
Thought leaders from industry, government and academia will gather online Tuesday and Wednesday to discuss the risks of cyber intrusion and ways the public and private sectors can work against those threats.
The agencies seeking applicants include the California Department of Technology, the California Public Employees’ Retirement System and the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services.
The bill would have set a May 31 deadline for the Employment Development Department to implement recommendations aimed at reducing delays in paying benefits, prioritizing modernization of its technology, assessing its call center operations and improving its tracking of claimants’ problems.
Individuals and teams in state government technology are eligible for the awards, which are given in a variety of areas. Nominations will be accepted until Sept. 17.
The Municipal Information Systems Association of California (MISAC) will gather Sept. 26-29 in Southern California after having canceled last year’s annual gathering due to COVID-19 restrictions.
The Oct. 5-6 summit, according to the organizers, is designed “to gather and educate the entire spectrum of California’s cybersecurity professionals, whose job functions and expertise range from highly technical to executive.”
Using the Silicon Valley giant’s Street View technology, the state’s emergency services agency is piloting a program to more quickly and efficiently calculate wildfire damage through video and artificial intelligence.
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.
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.