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1104, 2024

AI Measures Move Forward at State Capitol

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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. 

1104, 2024

California Secures Major Funding to Help Close Digital Divide

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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.  

404, 2024

AI Regulation Measure Passes Committee

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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.

404, 2024

Crystal Taylor Appointed as CIO at California Department of Health Care Services

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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.

2103, 2024

California Issues Guidelines for Adopting and Using AI

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The California Departments of Technology (CDT) and General Services (DGS) issued new guidelines on Wednesday for the procurement and use of artificial intelligence (AI) within state government operations following Governor Gavin Newsom’s Executive Order N-12-23, which was released last fall.

1303, 2024

Robert O’Brien Named CIO at California Correctional Health Care Services

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California Correctional Health Care Services (CCHCS) has appointed Robert O'Brien as its new Chief Information Officer. With more than thirty years of experience in various state departments, he will oversee the technology programs that support inmate healthcare across California's 33 correctional institutions. 

703, 2024

CalHHS Releases IT and Data Strategic Plan

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The California Health and Human Services Agency (CalHHS) this week released its long-anticipated IT and Data Strategic Plan, an ambitious blueprint that outlines a future where technology and data not only streamline but also personalize healthcare and social services for all Californians. 

703, 2024

Lightning Talk: Vidhu Shekhar on Gen AI in Government Service Delivery

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Vidhu Shekhar, author and government strategy leader at Microsoft, gave a lightning talk at the TechCA Forum on Emerging Technologies on December 7, 2023, titled: Democratization of AI, with a focus on Generative AI’s role in enhancing government service delivery. Watch the 12-minute video here. 

2802, 2024

Senate Hearing Previews Debate on AI in Government

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On Feb. 21, the Senate Governmental Organization Committee and Senate Budget Subcommittee on State Administration, chaired by Senators Bill Dodd and Steve Padilla respectively, who both have pending legislation, held an informational hearing on the use and oversight of artificial intelligence in the public sector.  Titled California at the Forefront: Steering AI Toward Ethical Horizons, the hearing included three panels with speakers representing academia, labor, and state government operations, including testimony from GovOps Secretary Amy Tong and CDT Director Liana Bailey-Crimmins.  The two-hour hearing gave a high-level overview of the upcoming debate related to pending legislation that will govern how California uses generative artificial intelligence in government programs.

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

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.

702, 2024

CDT Releases Annual Report

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The California Department of Technology has released its annual report that shares the state’s vision, principles, planning, and accomplishments from the past year.

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.

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