• Published On: June 17, 2024

    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.

  • Published On: June 14, 2024

    Fredrick Gomez has been named the new Agency Information Officer for the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA). Gomez brings over 24 years of experience in government IT programs within the State of California to his new role.

  • Published On: June 4, 2024

    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.

  • Published On: May 31, 2024

    The California Privacy Protection Agency (CPPA) has announced a virtual stakeholder session scheduled for Wednesday, June 26, 2024, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. This session is part of the CPPA’s efforts to implement Senate Bill 362, which mandates the creation of the Data Broker Delete Requests and Opt-Out Platform (DROP).

  • Published On: May 31, 2024

    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).

  • Published On: May 24, 2024

    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.

  • Published On: May 20, 2024

    [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.

  • Published On: May 10, 2024

    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.

  • Published On: May 10, 2024

    On May 9, the California Government Operations Agency (GovOps) announced that the state had chosen vendors in response to its first round of Requests for Innovation (RFI2), released earlier this year.

  • Published On: May 1, 2024

    The Office of Energy Infrastructure Safety (Energy Safety) has appointed Bhupinder Kaur to serve as its Chief Information Officer and oversee technology initiatives that support utility safety and wildfire risk mitigation. 

  • Published On: May 1, 2024

    The California State Transportation Agency (CalSTA) released a comprehensive strategic plan for 2024-2026 last week. The plan outlines the agency’s vision, mission, core values, and strategic goals.

  • Published On: May 1, 2024

    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.

  • Published On: May 1, 2024

    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.

  • Published On: April 17, 2024

    The California Department of Human Resources (CalHR) has unveiled an ambitious expansion of its Work for California (Work4CA) campaign, aimed at simplifying the process for Californians to find rewarding careers within state service.

  • Published On: April 17, 2024

    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.

  • Published On: April 17, 2024

    Former California Health and Human Services Agency Innovation Director and White House staffer Chaeny Emanavin has been appointed Deputy State Chief Technology Officer at the California Department of Technology, according to a LinkedIn post.

  • Published On: April 11, 2024

    As dozens of bills related to artificial intelligence make their way through the legislative process, notable measures that may impact state government operations are moving forward, including two key proposals this week. Senate Bills 892 and 893 by Senator Steve Padilla would address AI risks and create a California AI Research Hub within the Government Operations Agency.  Both bills passed the Senate Governmental Organization Committee on Tuesday. 

  • Published On: April 11, 2024

    The California Department of Technology announced that the state’s Digital Equity Plan has received approval from the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), providing $70.2 million in federal funding to help close the digital divide in California.  

  • Published On: April 4, 2024

    A major proposal to regulate artificial intelligence in California has passed its first policy committee.  Senate Bill 1047 by Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) would enact the Safe and Secure Innovation for Frontier Artificial Intelligence Models Act passed on a 9 to 0 vote by the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday.

  • Published On: April 4, 2024

    Crystal Taylor has been appointed as Chief Information Officer and Deputy Director of Enterprise Technology Services at the California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS), where she has spent the past nearly four years serving in various roles including as Division Chief for IT Strategy and Chief of Product for the Medi-Cal Enterprise Services Modernization Division.