701, 2022

Implementing artificial intelligence in your government program? Here’s where you should start.

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When it comes to implementing and utilizing artificial intelligence in government programs, what should be top of mind for officials? According to Jennifer Watkins, managing principal at strategy firm Anewd.ai, program executives should “begin with the end in mind.” The GovReport Host Christina Gagnier talks with Watkins about various challenges and how to achieve success in the public sector. Watch the 10-minute interview here.

1012, 2021

Improvements to CDT’s Project Approval Lifecycle Coming in 2022

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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.

112, 2021

Amy Tong Appointed Director at Office of Digital Innovation

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State CIO and California Department of Technology Director Amy Tong has been appointed to a new post, to serve as director of the Office of Digital Innovation, according to an announcement from the Governor's Office. Starting Jan. 1, 2022, Tong will move to the new position, formerly occupied by Udaya Patnaik, who was appointed to the position in May 2020. Deputy CIO Russ Nichols will assume the role of acting CIO. 

1811, 2021

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

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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.

2510, 2021

Commentary: California’s Water Shortage Was Created by a Lack of Leadership, Not Mother Nature

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Our state’s system of reservoirs and canals was at one time designed to provide a reliable water supply for California homes, businesses, and farms for three or more dry years. Just two years ago, following a slightly above average wet winter, that system was at full capacity. Now, almost every single reservoir is currently below 50% capacity, with several in the 10%-26% percent level, and even the experts are alarmed.

2110, 2021

A Look at California’s New Cybersecurity Roadmap

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California’s cybersecurity journey is full of setbacks and successes, hard tumbles and tenacious wins. In every sense, it’s a coming-of-age story, where growth is driven as much by loss as achievement. In this evolution, the Golden State is about to take its next big leap.

1901, 2021

Digital future envisioned in governor’s budget

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In his 2013 book “Citizenville: How to Take the Town Square Digital and Reinvent Government,” California Gov. Gavin Newsom, laid out a bold vision for transformation of the state’s aging – and often failing – technology infrastructure. The goal was to improve how state services function and are delivered to better meet the needs of state government and of Californians.

2309, 2020

Newsom Orders Ban on Gas-Fueled Vehicles by 2035

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Governor Gavin Newsom today (9/23) called for a ban on the sale of new gasoline-fueled vehicles beginning in 2035.  Newsom said he is directing the California Air Resources Board (CARB) to establish regulations requiring that all new cars and passenger trucks sold in California in 2035 be zero-emission vehicles.

1908, 2020

Christman appointed to oversee California’s public health data operation

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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 [...]

2307, 2020

Closing the Digital Divide Task Force Hearing

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State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond will hold a hearing today of his task force to close the digital divide for California students who lack access to internet connectivity and devices.

1007, 2020

Commentary: Power-to-Gas Offers an Optimal Path for a Carbon-Free California

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California is widely regarded for environmental leadership, especially around clean energy policy. The state has set an ambitious goal of achieving 100% renewable energy by 2045. Decarbonizing its electric power sector requires new approaches and ways of thinking to meet carbon reduction goals, all while minimizing land use, emissions, and cost. One promising approach is power-to-gas (PtG) technology.

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