• Published On: May 10, 2024

    The California Department of Technology announced Ivy Teng Lei as California’s first Chief Digital Strategy Officer, a new role that combines emerging technologies with digital strategies and policies.

  • Published On: May 10, 2024

    On May 9, the California Government Operations Agency (GovOps) announced that the state had chosen vendors in response to its first round of Requests for Innovation (RFI2), released earlier this year.

  • Published On: May 1, 2024

    The Office of Energy Infrastructure Safety (Energy Safety) has appointed Bhupinder Kaur to serve as its Chief Information Officer and oversee technology initiatives that support utility safety and wildfire risk mitigation. 

  • Published On: May 1, 2024

    The California State Transportation Agency (CalSTA) released a comprehensive strategic plan for 2024-2026 last week. The plan outlines the agency’s vision, mission, core values, and strategic goals.

  • Published On: May 1, 2024

    The California Highway Patrol (CHP) has named Dave Jenkins its new Chief Information Officer. Jenkins assumed his new role earlier this year, following the retirement of his predecessor, Chief April Baxter, in December 2023.

  • Published On: May 1, 2024

    California could embark on a new journey to root out broken bureaucracy and create a more efficient and streamlined government if Assembly Bill 3242, authored by Assembly Member Luz Rivas (D-San Fernando Valley), becomes law. This legislation would establish the Commission on Cutting Red Tape (CCRT) within the Government Operations Agency to start on July 1, 2025.

  • Published On: April 17, 2024

    The California Department of Human Resources (CalHR) has unveiled an ambitious expansion of its Work for California (Work4CA) campaign, aimed at simplifying the process for Californians to find rewarding careers within state service.

  • Published On: April 17, 2024

    Ron Robinette has started a new position as Deputy Secretary and Agency Chief Information Officer at California Government Operations Agency (GovOps), according to an April 16 post on his LinkedIn page.

  • Published On: April 17, 2024

    Former California Health and Human Services Agency Innovation Director and White House staffer Chaeny Emanavin has been appointed Deputy State Chief Technology Officer at the California Department of Technology, according to a LinkedIn post.

  • Published On: April 11, 2024

    As dozens of bills related to artificial intelligence make their way through the legislative process, notable measures that may impact state government operations are moving forward, including two key proposals this week. Senate Bills 892 and 893 by Senator Steve Padilla would address AI risks and create a California AI Research Hub within the Government Operations Agency.  Both bills passed the Senate Governmental Organization Committee on Tuesday. 

  • Published On: April 11, 2024

    The California Department of Technology announced that the state’s Digital Equity Plan has received approval from the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), providing $70.2 million in federal funding to help close the digital divide in California.  

  • Published On: April 4, 2024

    A major proposal to regulate artificial intelligence in California has passed its first policy committee.  Senate Bill 1047 by Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) would enact the Safe and Secure Innovation for Frontier Artificial Intelligence Models Act passed on a 9 to 0 vote by the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday.

  • Published On: April 4, 2024

    Crystal Taylor has been appointed as Chief Information Officer and Deputy Director of Enterprise Technology Services at the California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS), where she has spent the past nearly four years serving in various roles including as Division Chief for IT Strategy and Chief of Product for the Medi-Cal Enterprise Services Modernization Division.

  • Published On: April 3, 2024

    Radhika Anand, Partner AI Strategy Lead at Intel, spoke at the TechCA Forum on Emerging Technologies on December 7, 2023. The topic of her talk: The Changing AI Landscape: Evolution, trends and opportunities for the public sector.  Watch the 12-minute video here.

  • Published On: March 21, 2024

    The California Departments of Technology (CDT) and General Services (DGS) issued new guidelines on Wednesday for the procurement and use of artificial intelligence (AI) within state government operations following Governor Gavin Newsom’s Executive Order N-12-23, which was released last fall.

  • Published On: March 14, 2024

    On Wednesday, March 13, California’s Chief Technology Officer outlined his vision for California’s digital future, giving a bird’s eye view of the state’s goals and initiatives to help modernize, innovate, and increase its scope.  The state seeks to prioritize a service-first mentality and inclusivity, and Porat criticized past practices of simple digitization, advocating for a more comprehensive approach that considers broader policy goals.

  • Published On: March 13, 2024

    California Correctional Health Care Services (CCHCS) has appointed Robert O'Brien as its new Chief Information Officer. With more than thirty years of experience in various state departments, he will oversee the technology programs that support inmate healthcare across California's 33 correctional institutions. 

  • Published On: March 7, 2024

    The California Health and Human Services Agency (CalHHS) this week released its long-anticipated IT and Data Strategic Plan, an ambitious blueprint that outlines a future where technology and data not only streamline but also personalize healthcare and social services for all Californians. 

  • Published On: March 7, 2024

    Vidhu Shekhar, author and government strategy leader at Microsoft, gave a lightning talk at the TechCA Forum on Emerging Technologies on December 7, 2023, titled: Democratization of AI, with a focus on Generative AI’s role in enhancing government service delivery. Watch the 12-minute video here. 

  • Published On: February 28, 2024

    The Employment Development Department (EDD) has appointed 14-year department veteran Ajit Girn as its new CIO, according to a LinkedIn post by Director Nancy Farias. The California Employment Development Department (EDD) has appointed 14-year department veteran Ajit Girn as its new CIO, according to a LinkedIn post by Director Nancy Farias. "I want to express my deepest gratitude to the EDD Executive Leadership Team, vendor partners, and my mentors who have supported me along this journey," Girn said in the post.