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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

Senator Introduces AI Oversight Measure for California

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California Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) has introduced SB 1047, a bill aimed at ensuring the safe and responsible development of large-scale artificial intelligence (AI) systems in the state, his office announced. The legislation seeks to establish clear safety standards for developers working on the most powerful AI systems, before releasing them for public use.  Wiener announced his intention to introduce such legislation at the end of last year’s session. 

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.

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.

2101, 2024

TechCA Year in Review – 2023

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Every week, TechCA covers California's technology industry for its members, tracking legislation, policy initiatives, leadership changes, and important news for IT professionals.  This year, as part of the govreport, the association is sharing its annual Year in Review to highlight some of 2023's most newsworthy articles for the community to enjoy. 

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.

1512, 2023

State Releases Draft Digital Equity Plan

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With the release of its draft Digital Equity Plan, the state aims to ensure that every resident has fair and equal access to the vast opportunities presented by the digital realm. This landmark initiative invites public participation, welcoming comments and contributions until January 25, 2024.

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.

311, 2023

California aims for measured approach on AI

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President Joe Biden this week issued a landmark executive order aimed at positioning the United States as a global leader in the development and responsible use of artificial intelligence, garnering widespread support.

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