• Little Hoover Commission announces hearing to review progress of AB2408 State IT Consolidation – Department CIO’s lining up to voice support

    July 20th, 2011 by admin Categories: Blogs Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

    Little Hoover Commission announces Hearing August 25, 2011 at 9 a.m., State Capitol to review progress of AB2408 IT Consolidation – Department CIO’s lining up to voice support…

    The LHC will also focus on the status of five large (totaling in the billions of dollars), high profile IT projects, familiar to all of us who follow state IT. I am sure many agency/department CIO’s are breathing a sigh of relief, while the five affected may have their final summer vacation plans disrupted.

    Should be an interesting event, and will cast the first real spotlight on new Technology Agency Secretary/State CIO Carlos Ramos, if he testifies. TLTV has learned that he may be out of town.

    For you IT Governance buffs out there, here is my testimony to LHC back in May 2008 when they were holding a hearing to consider their support for then Governor Schwarzenegger’s IT Reorganization Plan which, with LHC’s subsequent support, led to AB2408. Perspicacious and keenly persuasive as my testimony appears now to be, if I do say so myself, some of my former CIO colleagues have accused me of being complicit in the creation of this Technology Agency monolith. I accept the slings and arrows – Guilty as charged. Stayed tuned to TechLeader.TV for further developments…

    From the LHC announcement:

    State leaders in 2009 consolidated IT functions under the Office of the State Chief Information Officer, now called the California Technology Agency. The Commission has scheduled an oversight hearing to learn how the reorganization has achieved cost savings and improvements to contracting, management and oversight of IT projects. The Commission also will review the status of five key technology projects:

    • Financial Information System for California (Fi$Cal);
    • Human Resources Management System (21st Century) Project;
    • California Medicaid Management Information System (CA-MMIS);
    • Unemployment Insurance Modernization (UI MOD);
    • California Longitudinal Pupil Achievement Data System (CALPADS).

    August 25, 2011
    9 a.m., State Capitol,
    Room 437

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