Gov. Gavin Newsom appointed Amy Tong as the new Secretary of the Government Operations Agency (GovOps), according to a Monday press release. “With her keen focus on creating a culture of innovation, commitment to public service and proven track record, Director Tong’s leadership is integral to continue implementing our vision for bringing government technology into the 21st century with more accessible, responsive services to meet the needs of Californians,” Gov. Newsom said in the release.
Civic tech is evolving, and with that change, so is Code for America. For the last decade, the non-profit has been a prover and promoter of civic tech, the idea government can be as agile and effective as any Silicon Valley startup.
Gov. Newsom made several appointments to key energy agencies this week. Darcie Houck to the CPUC, Sivia Gunda to the California Energy Commission, and Mary Leslie and Jan Schiori to the California Independent System Operator (CAISO) Board. Details of the announcement included: Darcie Houck, 51, of Davis, has been appointed to the California Public Utilities Commission. Houck has served as Chief Counsel for the California Energy Commission since 2019. She was an Administrative Law Judge at the California Public Utilities Commission from 2016 to 2019, a Partner at Fredericks Peebles & Morgan from 2005 to 2016 and Staff Counsel and [...]
Veteran data expert and former department CIO Scott Christman has been appointed to oversee California’s public health data operation, the program that tracks birth, death and marriage certifications, among other things. The announcement came after last week's high-profile COVID-19 data reporting glitch that reportedly cost the Public Health Director her job. Christman, who is returning to government after a stint in the private sector, previously served as a project manager in the office that he now directs. He also previously served in key roles such as acting agency information officer for the California Health and Human Services Agency and CIO [...]
The California Department of Technology has appointed Carlos Isaac Cabrera as the state geographic information officer (GIO), a newly-created position tasked with overseeing the regional distribution of technology funding and service delivery throughout the state.
FI$Cal, the state’s billion-dollar Enterprise Resource Planning application project, announced in their May 6 newsletter that they have filled two chief positions within the Information Technology Division. Latha Narayan has been hired as the chief of the Project Management Office. Gerard Laygui has been hired as the Chief Information Security Officer (CISO)
Gov. Newsom on Thursday announced the reappointment of Amy Tong as CDT Director: Amy S. H. Tong, 46, of Elk Grove, has been reappointed director of the California Department of Technology, where she has served as director since 2016. Tong was acting director at the California Department of Technology in 2016.
Governor Gavin Newsom on Friday announced the appointment of Marybel Batjer to serve as president of the California Public Utilities Commission. Batjer will first conclude her work this month leading the DMV Strike Team effort which the governor appointed her upon taking office. Batjer was appointed by Governor Jerry Brown to serve as the first secretary of the Government Operations Agency in 2013 that was organized to include the California Technology Agency, now called the California Department of Technology. She also served as Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger's first cabinet secretary from 2003 to 2004 and was chief of staff to Nevada [...]