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Covered California, our Health Exchange, Help Desk NOT Functioning

December 15, 2014

Today’s the last say to renew or change your health plan on Covered California, our state’s insurance exchange, for coverage beginning in January 2015. I logged in and tried to renew our plan but was unable to do so. Help desk chat not working and […]

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Paul Rummell, Canada’s First Chief Information Officer, Passes Away

November 12, 2014

My friend, Paul Rummell, the first CIO for Canada and my colleague on a U.S. Government Accountability Office IT advisory board has passed away. Paul and I were among the first members of GAO’s Executive Council for Information Management and Technology (ECIMT). Paul had an […]

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Oh, No; Here We Go Again…

October 30, 2014

Apparently our friends at Covered California, the state’s health benefit exchange for Obamacare, are having computer problems associated with the second year open enrollment phase set to begin next month. Problems with the Covered California website appear worse than initially disclosed — and may not […]

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Ron Ridderbusch leaving Microsoft

October 29, 2014

Ron Ridderbusch, a fixture in State of California IT circles for almost 30 years, has announced that he is leaving Microsoft after 14 years with the Redmond giant. Ron was a great colleague and tremendous asset as my chief deputy at the Department of Information […]

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Nearly half of Californians at risk in data breaches;10% involve state agencies and colleges

October 29, 2014

Attorney General Kamala Harris has come out with new report on data breaches primarily involving non-government entities like Target and LivingSocial, but there are plenty of state colleges, healthcare systems and individual departments including Corrections, and Departments of Child Support and Managed Healthcare Services, among […]

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Paul Brubaker drops bombshell on the state of federal IT 20 years after supposed reforms

October 27, 2014

Friend and colleague Paul Brubaker leaves little room for doubt in his analysis of the federal government’s implementation of Information Technology Management Reform Act, also known by its legislative name, the Clinger-Cohen Act. Paul worked for Sen. Bill Cohen in the mid-1990s and “was deeply […]

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Pondera Helping Prevent Fraud in California Unemployment Insurance Program

October 13, 2014

Fraud detection at the Employment Development Department may finally be getting some much needed attention. Medi-Cal may be next. Developing… Now, the agency hopes it’s found a faster, cheaper and more accurate way to zero in on fraudulent claims that cost an estimated tens of […]

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New FED Procurement Initiative, Buyers Club, Awards First Contract

October 10, 2014

  In this era of procurement reform. the Feds have a new initiative that has drawn significant interest. As we all know, there’s much room for improvement… The Department of Health and Human Services’ innovative procurement initiative, Buyers Club, awarded its first contract in late […]

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Highlights from Techleader.TV Appearance by State CIO Carlos Ramos

October 10, 2014

Here are some of the highlights from CIO Ramos’s interview last week watched LIVE online by over 1,000 viewers: Outlines CalCloud’s Exemption Policy; Says State Should Get Out of eMail Business, Sounding Death Knell for State Hosted CA.Mail??; Explains New Consulting and Oversight Organizations within […]

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Information Builders Ranked Highest in New Survey of Business Intelligence (BI) Software

October 10, 2014

News on the business intelligence (BI) front: Business Application Research Center (BARC) survey shows Information Builders ranked highest in numerous categories by users of business intelligence (BI) software. The BI Survey 13 is the industry’s largest independent survey of BI users, and evaluated WebFOCUS BI […]

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NASCIO Study Says Insufficient State Funding (1-2% of IT Budget) is Leading Barrier to Battling Cyber Threats; But Who’s in Charge of IT Budgets??

October 2, 2014

NASCIO, wrapping up its Annual Conference in Nashville, released a new study yesterday on state government challenges in battling cyber threats. The results are not surprising:  NASCIO Study Says Insufficient State Funding the leading barrier to battling cyber threats, according to the 2014 Deloitte-NASCIO cybersecurity study […]

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Sacramento Disabled Parking Abusers Could be Targeted by New Business Intelligence Solution

October 2, 2014

Ever try to find an open parking meter in downtown Sacramento, especially around state office buildings. Good luck. Often times entire blocks are taken up by cars with disabled placards sitting at meters for the entire day. Certainly we have no quarrel with the legitimate […]

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TechLeader.TV with Davood Ghods, Chief of the Office of Technology Services (OTech); OCT 30, 2014 at 11:30 AM PT

October 1, 2014

Next Program with Davood Ghods Chief Office of Technology Services (OTech) Live Webcast Hosted By John Thomas Flynn with Special Guest Davood Ghods Chief, OTech Davood oversees approximately 800 FTE’s within the OTech divisions of Operations, Engineering, Customer Delivery, Statewide Telecommunications and Network, Security Management, […]

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O’Hare Fail; Nice Disaster Recovery Plan, Chicago!

September 29, 2014

Fire at Chicago airport traffic control center closed airport last Friday, and problem won’t be fixed for another two weeks. With all the talk and money thrown at disaster recovery after 9/11 for mission critical systems, how can this happen? The fire Friday morning closed […]

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Could GAO’s Dave Powner be the Next Federal CIO?

September 26, 2014

FCW reports that TechLeader.TV friend Dave Powner could be our next federal CIO… That would be marvelous… and an interesting transition from being on the outside providing constructive criticism of federal IT management to being in charge of it! Other names have been thrown into […]

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Covered California confronts citizenship verification and call center problems

September 25, 2014

The new enrollment period for California’s Obamacare health insurance exchange Covered California is just six weeks away, but there’s troubling brewing: Covered California has been juggling its resources to clear a backlog of cases requiring citizenship verification. That focus has led to serious problems at […]

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TechLeader.TV with Carlos Ramos, State CIO; September 25, 2014 at 11:30 AM PT

September 11, 2014

Next Program with Carlos Ramos Chief Information Officer State of California Live Webcast Hosted By John Thomas Flynn with Special Guest Carlos Ramos State CIO Topics to be discussed will include: The new IT Project Approval process – State Technology Approval Reform (STAR) New Organizations […]

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VeeamON 2014: Conference on Availability for the Modern Data Center™ for the Always-On Business™.

September 11, 2014

Veeam invites you to the world’s first and only event to focus entirely on Availability for the Modern Data Center™. Join thought leaders, subject-matter experts and IT professionals who’ll be immersed in the latest technology for the Always-On Business™. Las Vegas, NV. October 6 – […]

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OTech Chief Ghods Reports on CalNet3, CalCloud, eMail, New MSA for Cloud Services, Drones & more

September 11, 2014

Techwire’s Industry Briefing yesterday at the Sacramento Sheraton with OTech Chief Davood Ghods provided plenty of solid information to the 50 plus attendees. In addition to a comprehensive description of OTech’s organization, infrastructure and environment, Davood also highlighted several upcoming initiatives of significant interest to […]

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Major IT Success at Calif. State Tax Agency: $ 1 Billion Additional Revenue Recovered

September 11, 2014

What we have here is perhaps the greatest example of a successful government IT project.We are so accustomed to hearing about the glaring problems associated with the State of California’s computer initiatives, it’s nice to have some good news; in fact, some very good news. […]

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