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California Department of General Services

“I believe that FI$Cal will continue to push the envelope and lead the way for California government entities in the adoption and use of modern technologies, systems and practices,” says Miriam Ingenito, director of the Financial Information System for California.
Miriam Ingenito will provide an update on what her department has been focused on in the past year, what’s on the front burner now, and what opportunities may lie ahead for those in the vendor community.
“Because of our success to date, as well as being the first department in the state to pilot a permanent hybrid telework program, FI$Cal was chosen by the Government Operations Agency’s Center for Government Excellence and Transformation pilot program,” writes FI$Cal Deputy Director Jennifer Maguire.
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 Others, though, are no longer active.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 California Department of General Services has issued a request for proposal to make it easier for transit providers in the state to acquire the needed hardware and software to support contactless payment systems.
Under the mandatory statewide contracts, the California Department of General Services designates where state entities will buy tablets and convertible “2-in-1” devices.
The California Student Aid Commission was a small department with a big problem: It needed a new grant management system, but didn’t have the money for a high-dollar “waterfall” venture. So its chief information officer broke the project into pieces and served as his own general contractor.
Responsibilities of the position include advising and acting for the chief information officer and developing and implementing IT policies and best practices in commission offices statewide.
The responsibilities of these key roles include oversight for IT governance, portfolio support, project intake and infrastructure support.
At the recent California Department of Technology Vendor Forum, officials analyzed pending legislation with likely relevance for state and local IT shops and vendors.