• DHCS Cancels Medi-Cal Analytics Bid; Billions in Funds Will Continue to be Lost to Fraud Each Year; Process Questioned

    August 18, 2016

    Michele Villados, the assigned DHCS Hearing Officer wrote that inconsistency in the DHCS’s RFP regarding various reference requirements “cannot be reasonably reconciled. Thus, it cannot be determined if the Awardee [OnCore] satisfied the client reference requirement.” It’s early in the process but in my reading […]

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    In Major Surprise, State’s Medi-Cal Data Analytics/Fraud RFP CANCELLED!!!

    August 17, 2016

    The California Department of Health Care Services, Office of Medi-Cal Procurement, this morning announced that the procurement for the Medi-Cal Program Integrity Data Analytics Services Request for Proposal (13-90486) has been cancelled. TLTV reported last March that DHCS had announced its Intent-to-Award the bid to […]

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    VOD: TechLeader.TV with Mark Ghilarducci, Director, California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (CalOES); JUN 22, 2016

    June 23, 2016

    Highlights: Announces that department security assessments by California Military Department have already begun; some completed Promises that CalOES will support departments’ requests to Department of Finance for funding (BCPs) to address deficiencies identified through assessments/audits Details OEC Director’s personal commitment and activities to inform agency […]

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    Lexmark Employees Petition President Obama to Block Acquisition by China-based Apex, Citing US National Security Issues over Chinese-Hacking Concerns

    June 21, 2016

    Talk about timing… The State of California is deep in the process of awarding major strategic sourcing and related printer bids, and Lexmark is a prime contender. On May 13th, Wirth Consulting received a copy of a letter sent to U.S. President Obama by a […]

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    FI$CAL’s Public Transparency Requirement Gutted in New Budget Agreement

    June 21, 2016

    As reported in the LAT by Chris Megerian just last week the Gov and the Legislature’s new budget agreement gutted FI$CAL’s operating budget language which previously had stipulated that FI$CAL would provide a publicly available website to identify specific department budgets and spending transactions, and […]

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    Veeam Offers Customers Chance for a Zero-Gravity Flight

    June 20, 2016

    Not your usual incentive. A chance to win a zero-gravity flight — the only opportunity on earth to enjoy true weightlessness without being an astronaut! The all-expenses-paid trip* also includes a flight to the destination in the US, hotel, and photos and videos of the […]

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    California State Auditor Releases Blistering Report on $28 million CalVet Computer System

    June 16, 2016

    The State Paid Nearly $28 Million for a Flawed System That Fails to Meet the Needs of Its Veterans Homes Will be interesting to see if this audit triggers a review of the impact on services to our state’s veterans similar to the debacle at […]

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    TechLeader.TV with Mark Ghilarducci, Director, Governor’s Office of Emergency Services, JUN 22, 11:30 AM PT

    June 9, 2016

    Next Show    June 22, 2016 11:30 AM PT Live Webcast Hosted by John Thomas Flynn with Mark Ghilarducci Director California Office of Emergency Services Director Ghilarducci was appointed on July 1, 2013 by Governor Brown. He previously served as Secretary of the California Emergency Management […]

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    New Leadership Change at California Department of Technology

    June 7, 2016

    CDT Deputy Director and Chief Counsel Anthony (Tony) Lewis has announced he is leaving the Department of Technology the end of this week to accept a position as Assistant General Counsel at the State Compensation Insurance Fund. In a statement to CDT staff he wrote: […]

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    WATCH TechLeader.TV with Mark Ghilarducci, Director, CalOES, JUN 22, 2016, 11:30 AM PT

    June 7, 2016

    If video doesn’t play go here: TechLeader.TV To watch requires Adobe Flash Player. This can be downloaded for free here: Flash Player. Adobe Flash Player is a free download for Windows and MacOS desktops and laptop computers. For iPad, iPhone running IOS please visit the […]

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    Should State CISO Stay in Department of Technology?

    May 26, 2016

    The intrepid Jimmy Baker hosted another Public Sector Technology Exchange’s (PSTE) innovative leadership forum this week on “Security and Visibility – Bringing Hidden Threats to Light”. Somewhat surprising surfacing on his panel was former State CIO Carlos Ramos who took the occasion to discuss his […]

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    PRESENTATIONS AVAILABLE: TLTV Educational Seminar: Turning IT Professionals into Cybersecurity Warriors; MAY 18, 2016

    May 23, 2016

    See speaker presentations here: CyberSecurity Symposium 2016 – Final. Executive Breakfast Seminar with former FBI and White House Cybersecurity Officials Keynote by Mark Ghilarducci, Director, California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services May 18, 2016 Sheraton Sacramento Beavis Conference Room Level 2 Registration & Breakfast: 7:30-8:30 […]

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    CalOES Director “Clarifies” Status of the Office of the State CISO

    May 19, 2016

    At a much anticipated TechLeader.TV Educational Seminar yesterday at the Sacramento Sheraton sponsored by Tanium and focusing on cybersecurity, the keynote from CalOES Director Mark Ghilarducci did not disappoint. Arguably one of the primary questions on the minds of our audience of nearly 100 state […]

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    CIO (Career is Over) Responsible for VW’s Cheating Software to Fool Emissions Testing??

    April 27, 2016

    Apparently, there’s a CIO  who is at the center of the emissions testing scandal at Volkswagen A PowerPoint presentation was prepared by a top technology executive at Volkswagen in 2006, laying out in detail how the automaker could cheat on emissions tests in the United […]

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    VOD: TechLeader.TV with Chris Cruz, Chief Deputy Director, Department of Technology; April 14, 2016

    April 16, 2016

    Highlights: CalCloud IBM Contract Spending; CalCloud Status & Update; Disaster Recovery/Storage Bid Coming; Getting your company on the vendor Advisory Committee; Big News – OTech Receives “No Deficiencies” Finding from IRS & Social Security Security Audits, Awaits FedRamp approval; and more  

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    Feds Identify Security Flaws in California Health Insurance Exchange resulting from Employee Union Rules

    April 8, 2016

    Covered California sites union rules as preventing background checks on their employees handling confidential information, a security shortcoming identified by GAO. In California, a spokesman for the state’s exchange, Roy Kennedy, would not say how Covered California was addressing the problems, citing security concerns. He […]

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    TechLeader.TV with Chris Cruz, Deputy State CIO & Deputy Director, Department of Technology; April 14th, 11:30 AM PT

    April 4, 2016

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    VOD: TechLeader.TV with FTB CIO Cathy Cleek, MAR 30, 2016, 11:30 AM PT

    April 1, 2016

    Interview Highlights: EDR’s Huge 7-1 ROI, in the Billions; Plans for EDR2 beginning with a Business Problem Analysis bid in April 2016; Plan for EDR 2 Bid – Expect four year procurement – YIKES! Other Bids: VOIP, Internal Network Infrastructure; Plus new Mobile apps for […]

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    Advanced Onion to Present at Insider Threat Summit, March 29-30, Monterey, CA

    March 24, 2016

    The focus of the Insider Threat Summit is to discuss personnel security issues including cyber security challenges and capabilities, continuous evaluation of privileged identities and ethical physical security considerations. A heightened awareness of insider threats due to numerous newsworthy attacks and unauthorized leaks has brought us together for […]

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    WATCH TechLeader.TV with FTB CIO Cathy Cleek, MAR 30, 2016, 11:30 AM PT

    March 24, 2016

    If video doesn’t play go here: TechLeader.TV To watch requiresAdobe Flash Player. This can be downloaded for free here: Flash Player. Adobe Flash Player is a free download for Windows and MacOS desktops and laptop computers. For iPad, iPhone running IOS please visit the iTunes […]

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