Events, News

State of Technology Industry Forum Set for Dec. 10

Hosted by TechWire, the first annual State of Technology Industry Forum will be held on December 10 in Sacramento. Produced in association with the California Department of Technology, IT Alliance for Public Sector and TechAmerica, the half-day event will provide a wide perspective on California’s government IT landscape for the upcoming year.

News

Energy Commission Looks at How to Speed Up Adoption of Zero-Emission Vehicles

Officials decided to focus on transportation for the biennial update to the Integrated Energy Policy Report given the sector’s potential impact on climate change and air quality.

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Bids & Contracts

Alameda County Tries Again for Inmate Video Visitation System

The new IP-based solution would be used at the county’s two jails, the Santa Rita Jail in Dublin and the Glenn E. Dyer Detention Facility in Oakland.

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Local Government

San Diego Hires Its First Chief Data Officer

The Southern California city is making an investment in the future of open data.

Local Government

Palo Alto Maps Planning Permits and Construction Activity

Change manifests itself in signage, home extensions, demolitions, retrofits and construction, all of which can prompt questions that are not easily answered.


#Innovate, News

California Ranks No. 3 in Tech and Science Index

The top four states in the Milken Institute’s biennial State Technology and Science Index are unchanged from their placing in 2012.

Local Government, Local News

Southern California Elementary Schools Adopt BYOD Program

The Laguna Beach Unified School District is expanding its bring-your-own-device program, asking students to bring a laptop or tablet to class beginning in January.

#Innovate, Market News

Cal Poly-Built Drone Places 2nd in International Competition

University of North Dakota took first place and North Carolina State University earned third — rounding out an all-American winner’s circle.

News

High-Speed Rail Authority Appoints Chief Administrative Officer

Most recently, Deborah Harper was deputy secretary of administration for the California Department of Veterans Affairs

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Commentary

Why Technology Can Help Improve Pesticide Application in California

Not all agricultural technology is high … tech. Some of it is low. Agriculture involves the dirt, of course.

Not all ag tech is the …

Legislation

David Chiu Bringing Tech-Savviness to California Legislature

The newly elected Assemblymember wants to tackle issues such as sharable economies, data privacy and innovation during his time as a legislator.

Bids & Contracts, Briefs

Scantron to Provide Web Tool for Testing California Elementary Students

Scantron, a provider of K–12 assessment solutions, said its computer adaptive assessment solution will help the state implement the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and transition to the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) testing assessments.

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State IT

Can ‘Security in Depth’ Help Patrol California Borders?

Paul Stockton, the former assistant secretary of defense for Homeland Defense and Americas’ Security Affairs, discusses the strategy of “security in depth.”

State IT

States Train Officials in Public Records Access

The aim is to improve disclosure and curtail public records lawsuits, which often result in taxpayers footing the bill.

Local Government, State IT

Earthquake Early Alert System Ready to Expand in California

Officials said they are building a new, robust central processing system and now have enough ground sensors in the Los Angeles and San Francisco areas to widen access.

State IT

FirstNet, Next-Gen 911 Discussed at Sacramento Meeting

The federal government has secured a 20 MHz block in the 700 MHz band, as well as $7 billion and future proceeds from a series of FCC spectrum auctions, to help build out a nationwide public safety communications network.

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Events, Sponsor Updates

Sponsor Update: Free M Corp event aims to help state agencies with FI$Cal project

Sponsored by M Corp

Many state departments, agencies and commissions are facing a fast-approaching deadline  to meet  requirements for the Financial Information System for California …

News

What Are the Keys to Effective Leadership?

Fresno’s Carolyn Hogg and four more highly regarded government CIOs share their secrets to becoming trailblazers in government IT.

Briefs

California Research & Education Network Gets 100-Gigabit Upgrade

CalREN has almost 10,000 connection sites among K-12, community colleges, the California State University, University of California campuses and private universities such as Caltech and Stanford.

News

Technology Headlines Across the U.S.

Recent technology-related headlines from across the U.S. courtesy of Government Technology

Bids & Contracts, Local Government

CGI Will Replace City of Los Angeles Procurement System

The Montreal-based company says the improvements for Los Angeles will include a one-stop shopping experience, automated inventory control, and electronic invoicing and payment tracking.

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Local News

Management of LAUSD Student Records System Found ‘Grossly Inadequate’

Glitches in the system caused myriad problems. Some students spent weeks waiting to be assigned to classes, and the district scrambled to fix errors in transcripts in time for college application deadlines.

Market News

Obama’s Immigration Plan Doesn’t Grant Tech World’s Wishes

Industry leaders say there is a shortage of U.S. tech talent, and the program helps them attract top-tier workers they desperately need. Critics, however, say employers prefer foreign workers because they can hire and retain them at a lower cost.

Market News

Intel Finds Its Footing, Seeks to Regain Its Stride

The company has outlined a series of initiatives, from new mobile processors to wireless chargers, and declared that it won’t be caught flat-footed again.

State IT

State Agencies, Departments in the Market for Cloud Migration Services

With the hope of making it easier for the state to move into the cloud, California officials are working to finalize a contract vehicle that will allow state agencies and departments to procure cloud migration services from IT companies.

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Market News

Corporate Mottos: Not Just for Show

Lingering buzz from Google CEO Larry Page’s comments about the company’s mission statement proved just how powerful a simple motto can be.

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News

LAO: California on Pace for $2 Billion More Revenue

California’s education funding formula, which is part of the state Constitution, sends spikes in revenue to schools and community colleges.

Events, Sponsor Updates

Sponsor Update: Complimentary SAS® Forecast Server Seminar

Sponsored by SAS

Location and Time:
SAS, 1215 K Street, Suite 1100 Esquire Building Sacramento, CA
December 10

Choose a session:
9am – 11am or 1pm – 3pm

Cost: …

News

California Vehicle Fleet Among Greenest in North America

Beginning in 2015 at least 10 percent of all eligible non-emergency, light-duty vehicle acquisitions (such as sedans) for the state’s fleet are electric vehicles.

Local Government, Local News

California Officials Tout Clean Machines to Help Valley Air During High-Speed Rail Construction

The low-pollution equipment is in addition to $20 million that the rail agency has committed to the Valley air district to reduce overall pollution in the region.

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