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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 as New 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.

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. 

2711, 2023

State report looks at AI risks and rewards

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California stands at the forefront of innovation, and in a landmark move, Governor Newsom’s Executive Order on Generative Artificial Intelligence (GenAI) has prompted an extensive 34-page report delving into the risks and rewards of integrating GenAI into the state’s governmental framework.

1910, 2023

5 Insights, Lessons on Using Artificial Intelligence

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As one local government official recently wrote, artificial intelligence (AI) “has the potential to revolutionize state and local government operations,” the primary advantages being enhancements in efficiency, smarter decision-making and improved service delivery, to name a few.

2109, 2023

New Legislation Seeks Safe AI Development

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Senator Scott Wiener (D- San Francisco) has introduced SB 294, known as the Safety in Artificial Intelligence Act, aiming to establish a comprehensive framework for ensuring the safe development of AI models within California, the legislator announced.   The core objectives of SB 294 include mandating responsible scaling practices for AI labs, robust testing for safety risks in advanced models, and the imposition of strong liability for damages resulting from foreseeable safety risks. The proposal also seeks to create CalCompute, a cloud-based compute cluster available to AI researchers and smaller developers within California's public university system. The bill is currently classified [...]

609, 2023

Executive order calls for study on AI use in state government

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Gov. Gavin Newsom signed an executive order aimed at preparing California for the advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in state government. The executive order calls for the state to study the risks and benefits of using AI, focusing on ethics, transparency, and trust while maintaining California's position as a global AI leader.

1808, 2023

Legislature Adopts Resolution on AI Principles

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The California Legislature has adopted a major policy stance on the use of artificial intelligence with the passage of Senate Concurrent Resolution (SCR) 17, authored by Senator Dodd (D-Napa).  The resolution commits the state to the principles articulated in President Biden's "Blueprint for an AI Bill of Rights," unveiled by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy last fall.

2104, 2023

NTIA Seeks Policy Comments on AI Regulations

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The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) is seeking comments on potential policies that might foster trust in AI systems via audits, certifications, and other mechanisms, according to an April 11 statement on their website.

2403, 2023

How Will California Oversee AI in State Agencies?

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Newly introduced legislation would create a new office within California state government to oversee state agencies' use of artificial intelligence.  Senate Bill 313 by Senator Bill Dodd (D-Napa) proposes to establish the Office of Artificial Intelligence within the California Department of Technology.

2303, 2023

Photos: Government Innovation California

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Hosted by Public Sector Network, the Government Innovation California conference was held on Friday, March 17 in Sacramento.  With opening remarks by State CIO Liana Bailey Crimmins, the technology industry event included more than 250 attendees registered, with 25 partners and 19 speakers at the daylong event focused on government technology.  

411, 2022

California says goodbye to late payments and late fees with this new payment tool

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The California Department of FISCal (FI$Cal) released a new digital payment history tool that is sure to make life easier for state suppliers and contractors. The "FI$Cal Purchase Order Payment History Search" tool provides real-time information on payments and will serve thousands of suppliers receiving state payments. The tool, which launched in April, will also help the state save funds by preventing late payments and late fees to contractors.

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