• Fares Named IT Director of Stockton

Fares Named IT Director of Stockton

M. Nabil Fares, deputy director and CIO of the California Department of Public Health, will head the city’s Information Technology Department, which was recently elevated from its former position as a division within Stockton’s Administrative Services Department.

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Local Government

A 5-Part Test for Public-Private Partnerships

To get a P3 proposal to the finish line, public officials need to keep some important principles in mind.

State IT

NASA Analysis: 11 Trillion Gallons to Replenish California Drought Losses

Satellite data reveal the severity of California’s drought on water resources across the state.

Events, News

Dec. 18: Holiday Charity Mixer to Benefit PowerHouse Science Center

California’s technology community will be gathering on Dec. 18 in Sacramento for a holiday mixer aimed to benefit the PowerHouse Science Center and STEM …

#Innovate, State IT

2015 Predictions: DMV Deputy Director Bernard Soriano

Soriano fears more cloud computing breaches and sees the rise of mobile marketing and autonomous technologies.

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Commentary

Peer-to-Peer Economy Could Benefit from Better, Not More, Regulation

Mike Montgomery writes that instead of shutting down carpooling, the California Public Utilities Commission should study how it can create a regulatory framework allowing for innovative business models that are good for entrepreneurs, the environment and the riding public.

Market News

Comcast Adds to California Government Affairs Team

Vega will be responsible for Comcast’s local government affairs and policy issues in Fresno, Madera, Kings, Tulare, and Santa Barbara counties.

Bids & Contracts

DMV Interested in Building Vehicle Dealer Notice System

The prospective system would replace the Report of Sale notice process and also give the capability to issue temporary license plates at the point of sale.

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State IT

2014 Year in Review: Newsom Jabs Government IT, Vendors — Again

California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom remains discontented with advances in government IT, telling an audience in October that the public sector is woefully behind the times and on the “cutting edge of 1973.”

News

2014 Year in Review: Josh Nisbet Joins Deloitte in Sacramento

Nisbet’s duties include market eminence, and building and expanding relationships with clients in the California state and local government marketplace, according to Deloitte.

Local News

Santa Cruz to End Perk for Electric Vehicles

After the first of the year, electric vehicle users will be join the ranks of traditional vehicle users and be charged for parking at all for-pay locations.

State IT

Health Database Cal Index Must Address Privacy, Consumer Group Says

A prominent consumer group is calling on customers of two leading health insurers to boycott a vast new database of patient medical records until privacy concerns are addressed.

Local Government

Smart City Q&A with San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer

Mayor Faulconer takes some of our questions about what it takes for a city to become truly smart.

Sponsor Updates

Vote for SymSoft for Sitecore ‘People’s Choice’ Award

SymSoft has recently launched our new website (and logo) with the vision of being a partner to government agencies in transforming how people experience …

Local News, State IT

Fares Named IT Director of Stockton

M. Nabil Fares, deputy director and CIO of the California Department of Public Health, will head the city’s Information Technology Department, which was recently elevated from its former position as a division within Stockton’s Administrative Services Department.

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Commentary

What’s Ahead for Open Data in 2015?

Moving government toward big, open and interoperable data.

Market News, News

Pondera Solutions Moves Headquarters, Names COO

The company’s Fraud Detection as a Service platform uses Google programs to analyze large amounts of data to identify and prevent fraud in government programs, such as Medicaid, unemployment insurance, Women, Infants and Children, and others.

Bids & Contracts, News

Due Date Extended for California Email Bids

The next version of California Email Services (CES) will become the state’s primary email platform, 100 percent owned, managed and hosted by the contractor.

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State IT

2014 Year in Review: Governor Appoints John Boule as Office of Systems Integration Director

s director of the Office of Systems Integration, Boule manages a multi-billion-dollar portfolio of large, complex health and human services information technology projects.

State IT

2014 Year in Review: Statewide Project Management Office Approved in State Budget

With 2014 coming to a close, TechWire is counting down its Top 25 news stories of the year. Check back each day through Dec. …

Local Government

San Jose Officer Placed on Leave After Controversial Protest Tweets

Officer Phillip White was placed on administrative leave Monday as the mounting furor over his posts showed no signs of abating.

Local Government, Local News

Los Angeles to Receive $2.5 Million Innovation Grant

Mayor Eric Garcetti said he will be creating an innovation team to reach out to the community and explore different ideas by using data that “maximizes the economy and social benefits flowing to low-income residents.”

Is the State Equipped to Track the Success of Prison Realignment Efforts?

A lack of earmarked funds for upgrades to technologies needed to track rates of recidivism, combined with a recently approved definition of the term are complicating efforts to capture data essential to the implementation of and justification for the Public Safety Realignment Act of 2011.

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State IT

2014 State of Technology Industry Forum (Photos)

Hosted by TechWire, the first-annual State of Technology Industry Forum was held December 10 in Sacramento. Produced in association with the California Department of …

State IT

Q&A: CalRecycle CIO Gary Arstein-Kerslake

The safest path is not always the best one, says CalRecycle CIO Gary Arstein-Kerslake.

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State IT

2014 Year in Review: DGS Releases Memo on Personal Services Contracts

(Editor’s Note: With 2014 coming to a close, TechWire is counting down its Top 25 news stories of the year. Check back each day …

State IT

2014 Year in Review: Rebecca Skarr Appointed Department of General Services CIO

Editor’s Note: With 2014 coming to a close, TechWire is counting down its Top 25 news stories of the year. Check back each day …

Local Government, Local News

Social Media Playing Key Role in Bay Area Protests

Protest leaders have long used applications like Twitter to organize protests, but they now coordinate movements, plan tactics and share videos and images in real time at a blinding speed that police are struggling to keep up with.

State IT

What States Need to Do to Grow Their Advanced Industries

It will take investments in platforms, people and places. Some states are already showing the way.

State IT

California Receives U.S. Funding for Earthquake Early-Warning System

Scientists have long planned to make such a system available to some schools, fire stations, and more private businesses in 2015, but their effort hinged on Congress providing $5 million.

Events

Dec.15: Department of Technology Hosting Annual Holiday Open House

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