Can blockchain technology help prevent unemployment fraud?

Can blockchain technology help fight fraud at the Employment Development Department?  If pending legislation is approved this year, a study by the Office of Digital Innovation (ODI) will aim to answer that question.  Assembly Bill 2781 by Assemblymember Jordan Cunningham (R-San Luis Obispo) last week unanimously passed the Senate Governmental Organization Committee advancing closer to final approval.  The measure calls for the ODI to study how blockchain technology might help prevent fraud.

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Education Data System Announces Data Sharing Agreements

California's developing education data system has signed legal agreements with 15 agencies and education organizations to pave the way for new data sets on student progress throughout the state's education system, the Cradle-to-Career System announced.  

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Newsom Signs Blockchain Executive Order

Crypto assets and blockchain technology make up $3 trillion on the global market. Around 16 percent of adults have invested in or traded cryptocurrency.  Gov. Gavin Newsom is bringing some regulation to a burgeoning, wide-open market. On May 4, Gov. Newsom signed an executive deal that will begin to create a regulatory approach that will foster an industry and workforce that utilizes blockchain technology in California. 

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Two Bills Would Mandate Modular Approach to Large-Scale IT Projects

While large-scale contracts and projects managed by the California Department of Technology (CDT) historically have been carried out in both "waterfall" and modular fashions, AB 1806 and AB  2558 aim to mandate the modular approach.

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Two Bills Aim to Tackle No-Bid Contracts in California Government

Since the pandemic's onset, California state government has awarded technology-related and other no-bid contracts worth more than $3 billion to at least 30 technology and health care companies, according to a Kaiser Health News analysis. Overall, the state entered into more than 8,000 no-bid contracts in 2020 alone — 80 of which total more than $25 million and amount to more than $11.9 billion combined in spending, according to a press release.

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How Can California Prepare Itself for the Inevitability of AI?

When the Little Hoover Commission authored its 2018 report Artificial Intelligence: A Roadmap for California, they captured a state that was ill-prepared to face the inevitable changes that AI will bring to the economy and work landscape in the near future.

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CDT’s Statewide IT Annual Report 2021 Highlights IT Trends, Vaccine Support and More

On Jan. 31, 2022, the California Department of Technology (CDT) released its Statewide IT Annual Report for 2021, announcing the report's release and focal points via Twitter.

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California DMV Digital eXperience Platform Aims for ‘World Class Self-Service Channels’ for Customers

In 2021, the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) launched solicitations for its Digital eXperience Platform (DXP) project — and at the start of 2022, DXP Phase 1 is in the build stage and an RFP for DXP Phase 2 is accepting applications.

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Digital Education Equity Program Reintroduced in California Legislature

California public school districts officially have another shot at equal access to professional development for teachers and technical assistance that will help schools effectively use their technology — and schools could cost-effectively plan for and implement current and emerging educational technology.

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CDT: Four Technology Modernization Fund Projects Move Forward

On January 12, 2022, the California Department of Technology (CDT) — which approved the TMF in summer 2021 to fund small efforts that can quickly provide high-value services and fund urgent needs identified by the state’s Stabilization Service — announced that projects from the California Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the California departments of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR), Food and Agriculture (CDFA), and Consumer Affairs (DCA) will move forward.

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From possibility to performance: California’s CDO explains how to design data science projects that can make a difference

With citizen demands rising, America’s urbanization and growth continue to upend the traditional flow of government, a fact leaving officials disoriented but determined to uncover modern tools to expand and diversify services.

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CDT Seeks Vendor Feedback on DMV State-to-State Verification Service Program

The DMV seeks to implement a State-to-State (S2S) Verification Service program so it can ensure that a driver’s license or identification (DL/ID) card applicant possesses only one REAL ID compliant or federal non-compliant DL/ID card nationwide, according to the pre-solicitation posted on Dec. 6 on behalf of the DMV.

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Improvements to CDT’s Project Approval Lifecycle Coming in 2022

Better planning results in better project outcomes. That's the impetus behind the California Department of Technology's (CDT's) Project Approval Lifecycle (PAL), a framework that's been in place for a number of years "to improve the quality, value and likelihood of success for IT projects undertaken by the state of California," according to the CDT's Statewide Information Management Manual. And in recent years, officials noticed that the framework process needs to be more adaptive, agile and nimble.

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First Technology Modernization Fund Projects Expected to Launch in January 2022

California's Technology Modernization Fund (TMF), approved by the California Department of Technology this past summer to fund small efforts that can quickly provide high-value services and fund urgent needs identified by the state's Stabilization Service, is already off and running — it aims to launch its first round of selected projects in January 2022 and start round two in the first quarter of next year.

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Governor Announces 18 Middle-Mile Broadband Infrastructure Projects

Gov. Gavin Newsom on Wednesday announced the first round of 18 broadband infrastructure projects that are part of this year’s historic $6 billion plan to bridge the digital divide. The middle-mile initiative includes a range of projects across the state to increase internet access for unserved and underserved communities.

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Q&A: California’s CIO and CISO reveal next steps for the state’s new cybersecurity strategy

Since Gov. Gavin Newsom announced California’s first state-wide cybersecurity strategy last month, IT officials have been promoting the plan as something that will do more than increase security, streamline operations, or even cut costs. Officials said the strategy, known as Cal-Secure, lays the foundation for the future of California’s cybersecurity defense.

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