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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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    Fed’s Digital Pearl Harbor Demands Appropriate State of California Action

    June 17, 2015

    Back in the late 1990’s when I was State CIO, our team at Department of Information Technology (DOIT) was responsible for addressing the “dreaded” Year 2000 issue affecting state computers systems. Led by longtime state employee Claudina Nevis DOIT oversaw the identification of, and mitigation […]

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    CISO Nightmare: Cloud Chaos: New Report Says Typical Government Organization Using Hundreds of Unauthorized Cloud Applications…

    June 4, 2015

    Every CISO/CIO needs to read this latest study which reveals similarly disturbing findings about compromised identities: Almost every single public sector organization has users with compromised identities, And at 82 percent of public sector organizations, Skyhigh analysis turned up behavior indicative of an insider threat […]

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    Navigating the Increasing Risks to Mobile Device Data Security; Sponsored by Sacramento Information Systems Security Association & Absolute Software; 11:00AM – 1:00 PM PT; June 19, 2015; Lunch provided.

    June 4, 2015

    Hear about the mobile device endpoint security technology that has allowed Absolute’s customers to recover over 35,000 mobile devices over the last decade.   Additional Information & registration link here.   Speaker: Stephen Treglia, JD, HCISPP Legal Counsel & HIPAA Security Officer for Investigations Absolute […]

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    TechLeader.TV Announces Contest: Name Senate President de León’s Drunk Legislator Emergency Shuttle

    June 1, 2015

    TechLeader.TV announces a new contest to name California Senate President de León’s Drunk Legislator Emergency Shuttle: In case you missed the latest in the California Legislative leadership’s attempt to increase their popularity among voters, this per the SacBee: California Senate offers 24-hour rides for lawmakers […]

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    TechLeader.TV with Brenda Fleming, CIO Board of Equalization & Eric Steen, Project Director BOE’s Centralized Revenue Opportunity System; JUN 18, 2015, 11:30 AM PT

    May 29, 2015

    Next Program with Brenda Fleming CIO, California Board of Equalization & Eric Steen Project Director  Centralized Revenue Opportunity System (CROS) Live Webcast Hosted By John Thomas Flynn with Special Guest Brenda Fleming Eric Steen  Brenda Fleming  develops and advances the BOE strategic IT plans and […]

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    IRS hit by cyberattack; Too much reliance on knowledge-based authentication?

    May 28, 2015

    Problem points to something we have known for some time, the weakness of relying on “knowledge-based authentication”. Fraudsters stole private information from the IRS on more than 100,000 taxpayers and used it to bilk the agency of tens of millions of dollars, Commissioner John Koskinen […]

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    Alan Friedman Alert: NASCIO Releases Unmanned Aerial Systems Policy Brief

    May 28, 2015

    The audience laughed when your TechLeader.TV host asked OTech Director Davood Ghods at a conference last year if he was contemplating a new MSA for drones. Not for the first time, TechLeader.TV was prescient. NASCIO released a policy brief on state government use of unmanned […]

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    Wow! Entire 2016 IT Budget broken down by Agency, Department and even Project

    May 28, 2015

    That’s right. The entire budget. And when it’s approved, the budget will be added to an IT Dashboard and will include the name and photo of the Agency CIO responsible for the project. And this dashboard will be updated each month so that actual spending […]

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    California Dentist Bills State Medi-Cal for 1,000 services…. in One Day!!!

    May 18, 2015

    And the dentist repeated billing for 1,000 services for 100 days in 2012 alone. It took a federal audit to uncover this?? A California dentist who treats children under Medicaid billed for more than 1,000 services a day for almost 100 days in 2012. Another […]

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