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2508, 2020

GovOps Secretary Gives Update on EDD Strike Team

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GovOps Secretary Yolanda Richardson testified at an oversight hearing by Assembly Budget Subcommittee 4 on State Administration on Monday detailing the progress of the Employment Development Department (EDD) strike team, which was formed in July by Gov. Newsom to address the department’s backlog of unprocessed unemployment insurance claims.  

406, 2020

New Policy Aims for 75 Percent of State Workers to Telework, Report Says

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Just as California state offices began reopening on Wednesday in the wake of the COVID-19 shutdown and the recent protests sparked by George Floyd’s death, the California Department of Human Resources announced that Gov. Gavin Newsom’s administration wants 75 percent of workers to telework, according to a local media report.

1301, 2020

California Budget Boosts IT Security

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Governor Newsom's budget proposal includes a boost in spending on IT security.   Released on Jan. 10, 2020, the 2020-21 budget has allocated a one-time fund of $11.3 million to IT security operations, as well as an ongoing fund of $38.3 million ($29.4 million general fund) and an official 85 positions dedicated to IT security. 

1909, 2019

New Innovative Procurement Approach Sees First Results

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Last January, Gov. Gavin Newsom spent his first day in office signing an executive order to create a Request For Innovative Ideas, a new technology contracting process created in response to 2018’s devastating fire season. The executive order also called for a Wildlife Innovation Sprint that would produce a new contract to be awarded for cutting-edge firefighting technology ahead of the upcoming fire season.

1009, 2019

Vendors Subject to New Performance Review Under Pending Legislation

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Information Technology vendors working for the State of California will undergo new performance evaluations for all contracts of $500,000 or more, under pending legislation by Assembymember Rudy Salas (D- San Francisco). AB 971 requires departments awarding contracts information technology services to complete a thorough post-evaluation of the contractor and for public officials who sign reports to confirm its accuracy.  The reports will not be subject to the California Public Records Act, according to the latest version of the bill which is in the final stages of the legislative process.  As of Monday, the bill has passed both houses and is on its way to the governor's desk.

808, 2019

California Assembles First Blockchain Working Group

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California’s blockchain effort to study the technology's potential in government has a new leader.  Camille Crittenden is the first chair of the blockchain working group, which was formed as a result of Assembly Bill 2658, passed in 2018, according to a state announcement from.   Crittenden will lead a total of 20 members in the working group, which is comprised of a diverse collection of experts in tech, business, law, privacy and consumer organizations including Assembly Ian Calderon (who authored AB 2658), Senator Robert M. Hertzberg, and CDT Director Amy Tong. Blockchain is the technology that records digital transactions and cryptocurrencies [...]

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