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2506, 2024

What does the new budget agreement say about GenAI?

On Saturday (June 22nd), the governor and legislative leaders announced a state budget agreement totaling $297.9 billion in expenditures that addresses a $46.8 billion deficit through a mix of spending reductions, revenue enhancements, and strategic use of reserves.

2506, 2024

State Parks Appoints Rod Wallin as New CIO

Rod Wallin has been appointed as the new Chief Information Officer for the California Department of Parks and Recreation. A veteran technology professional, Wallin brings more than 25 years of experience in the technology industry to his new role.

2006, 2024

CDT to Host Forum on GenAI Procurement Guidelines

The California Department of Technology (CDT) will host a forum on Tuesday, June 25th to discuss new policies, processes, and guidelines outlined in the State of California GenAI Guidelines for Public Sector Procurement Uses and Training document.

2006, 2024

AI Oversight Measures Advance at State Capitol

Several AI-related measures pending at the State Capitol have advanced, moving closer to the governor's desk for approval, including Senate Bill 1047 by Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) which proposes to create the Safe and Secure Innovation for Frontier Artificial Intelligence Models Act. With amendments to the bill, the Assembly Privacy & Consumer Protection Committee passed SB 1047 on Tuesday.

1706, 2024

Jason Lally Appointed State Chief Data Officer

Gov. Gavin Newsom announced on Thursday that Jason Lally, of San Francisco, has been appointed Chief Data Officer at the California Office of Data and Innovation within the Government Operations Agency. Lally has been the Deputy Director for Data Engineering and Services at the same office since 2022.

406, 2024

Legislation Overseeing AI in State Call Centers Advances

The State Senate has passed Senate Bill 1220, by Senator Monique Limón (D-Santa Barbara), aimed at regulating the use of artificial intelligence (AI) and automated decision systems (ADS) in public benefit program call centers. The bill seeks to ensure that AI does not replace core job functions of human workers in state and local agencies.

3105, 2024

California Hosts Joint GenAI Summit with State Government, Industry and Academia

Convened by Gov. Gavin Newsom, California leaders on Wednesday hosted a summit co-chaired by the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz), the California Government Operations Agency, the UC Berkeley College of Computing, Data Science, and Society, and the Stanford Institute for Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence (HAI).

2405, 2024

CDT / DGS Vendor Forum Set for June 6th at 1 pm

The California Departments of Technology (CDT) and General Services (DGS) will host their twice-yearly vendor forum to update the vendor community on the state’s latest initiatives and policies.

2005, 2024

Little Hoover Commission Public Hearings on AI

[Updated with hearing video] The hearing on May 23rd is the first in a series with an overview of California’s efforts to incorporate AI into state government operations and outline best practices for future implementation.  Leaders from government, academia, and the tech industry testified.

1005, 2024

California Names First Chief Digital Strategy Officer

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.

105, 2024

CHP Appoints Dave Jenkins as Chief Information Officer

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.

105, 2024

Proposed Commission on Cutting Red Tape Would Confront Ineffective Bureaucracy

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.

1704, 2024

Ron Robinette Joins GovOps as Agency CIO

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.

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