This week, the Senate Rules Committee unanimously confirmed Liana Bailey-Crimmins as State CIO and Director of the California Department of Technology. Her nomination now moves to a floor vote of the Senate, a formality and final step before she permanently takes the position she was appointed to last June.
The 35-minute hearing covered a range of topics, including the state’s approach to contracting with small businesses, disabled veteran business enterprises and women and minority-owned businesses, cybersecurity, and large IT project oversight, among other topics.
“I believe technology needs care and feeding from the first moment. A lot of times we think we do one and done, and we have to continually care and feed to ensure that it’s as relevant the day that we fund it in 2,3, or 5 years. But in reality, it is the value to the public and the value to the department,” said Bailey-Crimmins in response to a question about managing large IT projects. “Technology is the enabler of the business. But where I start and find out if we’re actually being effective is by working with business leaders. So typically, with directors making sure business programs are being streamlined and they’re able to utilize a technology if for some reason that it’s not able to be updated or then we would obviously look at establishing a project around… what they need from a business requirement perspective.”
Watch the hearing below: