• California Data Demo Day Coalition Celebrates Open Data Champions in Sacramento

    August 27, 2015

    Sen Richard Pan’s legislation SB 573 will  create a Chief Data Officer position reporting directly to the Governor. The CDO will oversee state agencies’ compliance with a government-wide move toward open data standardization and publication. During the Q&A TechLeader.TV asked Sen. Pan if he thought […]

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    Drones Monitor Construction Workers’ Productivity on Sac Kings’ New Arena

    August 27, 2015

    Is there anything drones can’t do? Monitoring progress, safety and design consistency as well… Drones are being used to capture video footage that shows construction progress at the Sacramento Kings’ new stadium in California. For some construction workers, any thoughts of slacking off could soon […]

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    SacBee Joins the CyberSecurity Pile-On at the State of California

    August 25, 2015

    In harsh terms, Sacbee provides details: Social Security numbers, medical information, more data at risk Cites inadequate oversight by technology department More than a third of IT officials did not understand all requirements in security standards The audit also recommends the Legislature require the technology […]

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    State Auditor Report Blasts State of California CyberSecurity Performance

    August 25, 2015

    State of California data and other information assets are potentially vulnerable to attack or disruption according to a new State Auditor report released today. Almost 95% of departments which underwent the Auditor’s scrutiny were not in full compliance with State’s information security standards, and dozens would […]

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    TechLeader.TV with Elaine Howle, California State Auditor; SEPT 15, 2015; 11:30 AM PT

    August 24, 2015

    Next Program SEPT 15, 2015 with Elaine Howle California State Auditor Live Webcast Hosted By John Thomas Flynn Elaine M. Howle is California’s independent State Auditor who serves the State of California by providing accurate, unbiased, and timely assessments of financial and operation aspects of […]

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    Telework Nightmare at Government Agency

    August 24, 2015

    Working at home was not supposed to work this way… A federal patent examiner racked up more than 18 weeks of pay last year for work he didn’t do, but his manager didn’t notice until he received an anonymous letter claiming the employee only showed up […]

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    California State Government Email Addresses Linked to Spouse Cheating Ashley Madison Site

    August 24, 2015

    Certain state & local government officials spent an uneasy weekend as reports circulated last Friday that their email addresses were found on the unfaithful spouses’ social media website Ashley Madison which had been recently hacked. State IT security officials were reportedly circulating a database list […]

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    Open Data Demo Day AUG 26th – Rally for Establishing a Chief Data Officer for State of California

    August 12, 2015

    This should be an interesting event highlighting the merits of Sen. Richard Pan’s Bill SB573 to create an Open Data portal for state government information spearheaded by a new Chief Data Officer (CDO) reporting directly to the Governor. August 26, 9 AM – noon, in […]

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    TechLeader.TV with BOE CIO Brenda Fleming and CROS Project Director Eric Steen, July 16, 2015

    August 7, 2015

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    State CIO Letter to BOE/CROS Officials Explains Reasoning for Delaying Project

    July 16, 2015

    It appears that the rationale for the State CIO to delay BOE’s Centralized Revenue Opportunity System (CROS) Project, preventing CROS officials from releasing their RFP earlier this month as they had planned, was the lack of a “master schedule”.  As State CIO Carlos Ramos wrote: […]

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    CROS Project Director Blasts Tech Oversight Agency for $3 Million Procurement Delay

    July 16, 2015

    Warns that CalTech interference will increase likelihood of implementation schedule slippage, project cost escalation, even leading “down the road to another failed state IT project.” Some may consider the cost of this delay just a deck chair on the Titanic, as the currently budgeted $309 […]

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    U.S. Office of Personnel Management Director Resigned {Fired} over Data Breach

    July 10, 2015

    Is OPM CIO Donna Seymour next??? Story here: OPM Director Katherine Archuleta steps down Watch this video of President Obama spining the breach. I love the part about how his Administration’s due diligence should be credited for discovering the breach. Even if it went undetected […]

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    POSTPONED: TechLeader.TV with TLTV with Andrea Wallin-Rohmann, Chief Deputy Director, CalTech; July 16, 2015; 11:30 AM PT

    July 7, 2015

    Next Program with Andrea Wallin-Rohmann Chief Deputy Director CalTech Live Webcast Hosted By John Thomas Flynn with Special Guest Andrea Wallin-Rohmann Andrea Wallin-Rohmann is the Chief Deputy Director for Policy and oversees the CalTech Divisions for Administration, Security, Consulting & Planning, Statewide Technology Procurement, and […]

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    My San Diego Union-Tribune Article Up Today: Federal government’s ‘Digital Pearl Harbor’ a warning for California

    July 5, 2015

    At a startling congressional hearing two weeks ago: the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) data breaches were called “catastrophic” and “devastating” and deemed even more serious a threat to national security than the 9/11 World Trade Center attack.  Our state government needs to ask […]

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    Happy Independence Day! VIDEO: San Diegans unable to name country America declared its independence from or when it happened

    July 2, 2015

    Hilarious if not so sad: With Americans set to celebrate Independence Day this weekend, Mark Dice illustrated that many beachgoers in San Diego don’t even know when the Declaration of Independence was signed or what the 4th of July even represents Watch video:  

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    Magic Kingdom to Replace Entire IT Staff with H1-B Visa Immigrants

    July 2, 2015

    We see this more and more. Is government immune? Developing… ComputerWorld recently published an account that gets at an important aspect of the immigration debate that doesn’t often take center stage: the H-1B and L-1 visa program for high-skilled immigrants. At issue is the allegation that Disney […]

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    California’s Obamacare Exchange Misses 2015 Enrollment Goal by 300,000; Boosts Exec’s Pay with $65k bonus & 26% raise.

    July 2, 2015

    California’s Obamacare exchange misses 2015 enrollment goal by 300,000; nets only 10,000 new enrollments after $150 spent million on “outreach”; one of worst performing states, but boosts Exec Director Peter Lee’s pay with $65k bonus & 26% raise. Base now $333,000… Add this to the […]

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    Don’t Close Your BIDSYNC Account Quite Yet… FI$CAL Procurement Function Delayed

    June 19, 2015

    The FI$CAL Steering Committee which met earlier this month approved a postponement of the deployment of the FI$CAL Procurement functions which would have replaced among other features the BIDSYNS provided eProcurement portal now used for State of California procurements. eProcurement is the portal for the […]

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    TLTV VOD Available: BOE BCP Coming for AB576 Interagency Coordination on Revenue Recovery Act; Datawarehouse Initiative; CROS Delayed & Lesson Learned from FTB’s EDR

    June 19, 2015

    VOD for TechLeader.TV with Brenda Fleming, BOE CIO & Eric Steen is now available for viewing. Highlights include BOE BCP Coming related to AB576 Revenue Recovery and Collaborative Enforcement Team Act. Data Warehouse Initiative coming. CROS Procurement Delayed Again & Lesson Learned from FTB’s EDR […]

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    BOE CROS Project Proposal Due Date Delayed Until October 2015; Procurement Now Estimated to take 4 Years

    June 19, 2015

    For the second time this month, the CROS project team has delayed the proposal due date. The first delay earlier this month was announced in Addendum 15, postponing the June 15th submittal date until July 15th. Now Addendum 16 released just yesterday afternoon, tacks another […]

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