CDT Hires Deputy State Chief Technology Innovation Officer

The California Department of Technology (CDT) recently hired a new Deputy State Chief Technology Innovation Officer, Phoebe Peronto, who began in her new role on September 20. Prior to working for CDT, Peronto served more than one and a half years at Tanium, where she was director of special projects and then head of global communications. Rick Klau, State Chief Technology Information Officer, says that Peronto’s energy has great compatibility with the team. “Phoebe brings unmatched skill, energy, and creativity to her new role,” says Klau. “She joins a vibrant team that is revolutionizing the way state government is serving [...]

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What Civic Tech Means in 2021: An Interview with Code for America CEO Amanda Renteria

Civic tech is evolving, and with that change, so is Code for America. For the last decade, the non-profit has been a prover and promoter of civic tech, the idea government can be as agile and effective as any Silicon Valley startup.

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Gov. Newsom appoints senior positions at CDT

CalPERS Chief Information Security Officer, and former CIO, Liana Bailey-Crimmins has been appointed chief technology officer, Google Ventures Senior Operating Partner Richard Klau has been appointed chief technology innovation officer, and Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation CIO Russ Nichols has been appointed chief deputy director for the department and deputy state CIO for the State of California. 

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Governor announces key energy agency appointments

Gov. Newsom made several appointments to key energy agencies this week.  Darcie Houck to the CPUC, Sivia Gunda to the California Energy Commission, and Mary Leslie and Jan Schiori to the California Independent System Operator (CAISO) Board. Details of the announcement included: Darcie Houck, 51, of Davis, has been appointed to the California Public Utilities Commission. Houck has served as Chief Counsel for the California Energy Commission since 2019. She was an Administrative Law Judge at the California Public Utilities Commission from 2016 to 2019, a Partner at Fredericks Peebles & Morgan from 2005 to 2016 and Staff Counsel and [...]

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Christman appointed to oversee California’s public health data operation

Veteran data expert and former department CIO Scott Christman has been appointed to oversee California’s public health data operation, the program that tracks birth, death and marriage certifications, among other things.  The announcement came after last week's high-profile COVID-19 data reporting glitch that reportedly cost the Public Health Director her job. Christman, who is returning to government after a stint in the private sector, previously served as a project manager in the office that he now directs.  He also previously served in key roles such as acting agency information officer for the California Health and Human Services Agency and CIO [...]

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Governor appoints new EDD executive team

Gov. Newsom on Friday appointed new executive team members to the Employment Development Department to boost customer service and deal with the backlog of unemployment claims due to COVID-19. On July 29, the governor announced a strike team to focus on the information technology challenges EDD faces, lead by GovOps Secretary Yolanda Richardson and Code for America founder Jennifer Pahlka.

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Kevin Cornish Named Covered California’s New Chief Information Officer

Covered California has a new executive to oversee the health agency's IT strategy and tech initiatives, according to an announcement this week.  Kevin Cornish will serve as the chief information officer, replacing soon-to-retire Karen Ruiz, who has worked for Covered California since 2013 and has served as its CIO for the past five years.

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