Aspen Institute: Three ways California could improve tech project oversight

As part of a presentation by Aspen Institute’s Tech Policy Hub and the Tech Talent Project held on May 11, three teams presented concepts on how to improve California’s Project Approval Lifecycle (PAL), the state’s oversight process for large-scale technology projects. The recommendations are part of the California Department of Technology’s Vision 2023 initiative to improve the way state government uses technology to serve Californians.

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Legislation seeks to address algorithm bias in state IT projects

The bill requires decision-making on the acquisition of information technology to be supplemented with a computational process that includes data analysis, statistical models, and artificial intelligence that minimizes the risk of algorithmic bias, or the “risk of adverse and discriminatory impacts resulting from the design and application of automated decision systems.”

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Board Members Appointed to California’s Privacy Protection Agency

On Mar. 17, Governor Gavin Newsom, along with other state officials, announced the establishment of the California Privacy Protection Agency (CPPA) board and appointed five inaugural members.   The new agency was created by Proposition 24 approved by California voters on Nov. 4, 2020.  

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New report confronts shift in workplace amid economic crisis

Governor Newsom's Future of Work Commission published its findings after 18 months of meetings across the state and staff work that identifies challenges faced by businesses and government.   While started before COVID-19, the study says 2020 accelerated conditions and pushed leaders to form a "New Social Compact" for workers.

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Report: 2.3 Million Californians Lack High-Speed Internet

Although the COVID-19 pandemic has transformed internet access into a must for workers and students across the state, the Little Hoover Commission has found in their issue brief that 2.3 million Californians lack access to high-speed internet.

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California outlines future of artificial intelligence

The State of California has taken initial steps to consider how artificial intelligence will play an inevitable role in delivering services to the people of the Golden State. Legislation passed in 2019 called for California to work with stakeholders and develop guidelines by January 2021.

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CWS-CARES Project Director Leaving State Service

Rebecca Stilling, the project director for California’s Child Welfare Services-California Automated Response and Engagement System (CWS-CARES) will be leaving state service this week, according to an email distributed to project staff. She will be on the job until Oct. 15, she said. Office of System Integrations Deputy Director Cynthia Tocher will step into the role as acting project director.

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California Universities to Test COVID-19 Exposure Notification App

The California Department of Public Health (CPDH) and the California Department of Technology (CDT) are partnering with UC San Diego and UC San Francisco to pilot an app that could inform individuals when they may have been exposed to COVID-19.

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California to Roll Out New COVID-19 Reporting System in October

California will roll out a new COVID-19 reporting system in October after it awarded a renewable six-month, $15.3-million contract to healthcare technology OptumInsight, Inc., the state announced this week.  The announcement follows a recent failure of the state’s infectious disease registry CalREDIE to accurately report testing data, which reportedly resulted in the Department of Public Health director’s resignation last month. 

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DGS Measures Benefits of Teleworking

When the COVID-19 outbreak in March forced most state workers to telework indefinitely, the Department of General Services (DGS) took the opportunity to begin a case study tracking the impacts of working from home.  Executives in the department’s IT and human resources divisions collaborated to develop a telework dashboard to visualize activities across the department.

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State Chief Data Officer Outlines Vision and Goals for California’s Data Strategy

Speaking to a Zoom audience of more than 80 people at the CalData Open Meeting on Aug. 12, California Chief Data Officer Joy Bonaguro outlined the future of statewide data strategy and the goals to ensure its effectiveness moving forward. 

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Newsom creates ‘strike team’ to address problems with unemployment system

Amid historic COVID-19 related unemployment highs and a day before a contentious Assembly hearing on California’s unemployment system, Gov. Newsom on Wednesday announced the creation of a new strike team to address the backlog of claims and ongoing information-technology related problems. The California Department of Technology and Office of Digital Innovation will support the effort led by GovOps Secretary Yolanda Richardson and Jennifer Pahlka, former Code for America executive director who now heads U.S. Digital Response, a nonprofit organization helping government agencies respond to the COVID-19 crises. “The strike team will identify steps to transform the unemployment insurance customer experience [...]

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

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 report by the Sacramento Bee.

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