• VOD: TechLeader.TV with Scott Gregory, California Department of Technology, Deputy Director, Office of Digital Innovation & GIO, SEPT 21, 2016

    September 23, 2016

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    NY Times Reports CalPERS Keeps Two Sets of Books

    September 21, 2016

    Troubling story about state’s pension plan: It turns out that Calpers, which managed the little pension plan, keeps two sets of books: the officially stated numbers, and another set that reflects the “market value” of the pensions that people have earned. The second number is […]

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    I’ve heard of a new department getting a new computer system, but never a computer system getting a new department… Welcome to FI$CAL’s World

    September 21, 2016

    Two very significant, and very ironic, IT related events have drawn TechLeader.TV’s interest over the last month or so. Both are related to the state’s mega-project FI$CAL, the cleverly phonetic acronym for the $840 million Financial Information System for California. The project now in its […]

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    State of California Decides to “Find a New Way” to Generate Citizen Engagement in Solving Government Challenges

    September 13, 2016

    California is embarking on a Crowdsourcing program whereby projects, ideas and solutions to solving state government challenges (and they are legion) are going to be solicited from all Californians, perhaps from outside California as well, probably through an online community. I suppose the intent for […]

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    WATCH TechLeader.TV with Scott Gregory, Deputy Director, Digital Innovation & GIS Officer; 11:30 AM PT. SEP 21, 2016

    September 9, 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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    State CIO Amy Tong Meets Media – Year 1 Priorities; State CISO Appointment? Whom the CISO will Report To; Multi-department Security Leadership Roles Delineated; Speculation on New CDT Organization Changes

    September 9, 2016

    California Department of Technology Director and State Chief Information Officer, Amy Tong, held a media roundtable and “meet and greet” this week. It was billed as an opportunity for Amy to briefly discuss her goals and vision for the Department and take questions from the […]

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    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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