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2802, 2024

Senate Hearing Previews Debate on AI in Government

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On Feb. 21, the Senate Governmental Organization Committee and Senate Budget Subcommittee on State Administration, chaired by Senators Bill Dodd and Steve Padilla respectively, who both have pending legislation, held an informational hearing on the use and oversight of artificial intelligence in the public sector.  Titled California at the Forefront: Steering AI Toward Ethical Horizons, the hearing included three panels with speakers representing academia, labor, and state government operations, including testimony from GovOps Secretary Amy Tong and CDT Director Liana Bailey-Crimmins.  The two-hour hearing gave a high-level overview of the upcoming debate related to pending legislation that will govern how California uses generative artificial intelligence in government programs.

2802, 2024

Ajit Girn Appointed CIO of EDD

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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.

2202, 2024

Video: Panel Discussion on Chief Data Officers at Forum on Emerging Technologies

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John Ohanian, Chief Data Officer at CalHHS and Director of the Center for Data Insights and Innovation, and Sadie St. Lawrence, CEO of Sacramento-based nonprofit Women in Data spoke on a panel at TechCA's Forum on Emerging Technologies on Dec. 7 where they talked about the role of the Chief Data Officer, a position that has gained significance as data becomes more central to government operations.  Moderated by TechCA CEO Bill Maile, the group discussed professional development, diversity, access, and governance in the realm of data management. 

1402, 2024

Video: GovOps Secretary Amy Tong Keynotes Forum on Emerging Technologies

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Amy Tong, Secretary of the California Government Operations Agency, gave the keynote address at the TechCA Forum on Emerging Technologies on December 7, 2023. She talked about California’s latest technology initiatives, including Governor Newsom’s recent Executive Order on Generative Artificial Intelligence. Watch the 15-minute address here.

702, 2024

Renoir Pope Appointed as State Enterprise Architect

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Renoir Pope has been appointed State Enterprise Architect for the State of California and head of the Office of Enterprise Architecture (OEA), within the California Department of Technology, to work on enterprise-level strategic, business, and technology planning across agencies, a department spokesperson confirmed.

702, 2024

CDT Releases Annual Report

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The California Department of Technology has released its annual report that shares the state’s vision, principles, planning, and accomplishments from the past year.

3101, 2024

State Senate to Hold Hearing on AI in California Government

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A joint informational hearing by the Senate Government Organization Committee and Senate Budget Subcommittee #4 on Administration will be held on Feb. 21 to focus on artificial intelligence in California state government, a committee staff person confirmed. 

3101, 2024

CalHHS Releases GenAI Solicitations to Improve Services

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The California Health and Human Services Agency this week released two Requests for Innovative Ideas (RFI2) to provide language translation services for non or limited English-speaking residents and to enhance the involved process of inspecting and documenting healthcare facilities in California.

1701, 2024

Governor Appoints Jeffery Marino Director of ODI

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Gov. Newsom on Tuesday appointed Jeffery Marino Director of the Office of Data and Innovation, where he has served in numerous roles since 2020.  Marino previously served as Deputy Director for Strategy, Deputy Director of Service Innovation, Acting Deputy Director of Products and Consulting, Insights Program Manager, and lead of the Data Insights Working Group. 

1201, 2024

Video: Chris Cruz Presents at Forum on Emerging Technologies

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Former Deputy State CIO Chris Cruz presented at the Forum on Emerging Technologies on December 7, 2023, where he discussed trends in innovation, a perpetual learning culture, IT as a service, and advances in AI, machine learning, and other technologies.   Cruz, who served as Deputy State CIO and is currently the Public Sector CIO for Tanium, gave a lighting talk among other presenters at the half-day forum hosted by TechCA.

2212, 2023

New Legislation Aims to Combat ‘Deepfakes’

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Assemblymember Akilah Weber, M.D. (D-La Mesa) has announced her intention to introduce legislation addressing the issue of intentionally deceptive content on the internet, particularly focusing on generative artificial intelligence (AI). This legislation will require the establishment of an industry standard for identifying generative AI.

311, 2023

Cradle-to-Career Data System Reaches Major Milestone

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Governor Gavin Newsom announced a significant advancement in California's Cradle-to-Career Data System (C2C), marking a transformative phase in education and workforce development. In October 2023, C2C received its inaugural data installment, integrating over 1 billion validated data points at the state level.

2010, 2023

Governor Signs Bill to Create AI Inventory

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Among his final legislative actions for 2023, Gov. Newsom signed AB 302 by Assemblymember Christopher Ward (D-San Diego) which calls for the California Department of Technology to develop a comprehensive inventory of automated decision systems (ADS) used in state programs by September 1, 2024. 

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