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  • Quod erat demonstrandum: State Auditor Slams BreEZe Project, nearly 200 significant oversight concerns ignored

    February 12, 2015

    As TechLeader.TV reported recently, BreEZe isn’t EZ or a breeze. The State Auditor issued a report today which blasted the project’s planning, contracting, management and oversight: …the BreEZe project has been plagued with performance problems, significant delays, and escalating costs, which based on a January 2015 […]

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    FED CIO Wants Agency Out of IT Business by Summer. State of California???

    February 9, 2015

    Joe Paiva, CIO at Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration will outsource all commodity IT operations. Will State of California follow? Unlikely as it seems, it’s on the way. IT operations are not a core business of government, and that is becoming more apparent every […]

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    Feds have a new CIO – via VMware, Microsoft, Disney and GM

    February 5, 2015

    Former colleague of former California CIO Teri Takai from her GM/EDS days I hear… White House names VMWare’s Tony Scott as federal CIO

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    NASCIO Releases 2015 Federal Advocacy Priorities – Cybersecurity Unsurprisingly No.1

    February 4, 2015

    Not surprisingly, Cybersecurity No. 1. NASCIO announced its 2015 federal advocacy priorities today. Cybersecurity is NASCIO’s top federal advocacy priority for 2015, followed by continuing to modernize federal regulations that hold back state innovation, and broadband projects for the public safety community and students. More […]

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    Both sides gearing up for battle again over plans for government owned broadband networks

    February 3, 2015

    I remember this dust up when I first became CIO in Massachusetts in the early nineties. The battle continues. FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler is gearing up for a battle with state legislators in Tennessee and North Carolina with plans to circulate a draft decision to […]

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    License Plate Readers Eroding Your Privacy. And it’s not Just the Government…

    February 3, 2015

    And until now we all just thought it was another government intrusion. Towing companies are a necessary evil when it comes to parking enforcement and property repossession. But in the Google Earth we now inhabit, tow trucks do more than just yank cars out of […]

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    Highlights:TechLeader.TV on Procurement – Bid Sync going away; Final Calnet3 Categories RFP/IFB’s coming, may disappoint some; Vendor performance scorecard coming in 2015 & new incentive-based contracting under consideration; STAR makes FSR’s go away – in 2015?? Statewide Technology Procurement Division’s (STPD) big five procurements for 2015 & more…

    February 3, 2015

    Our TLTV show focusing on State of California procurement had many highlights: Regardless of FI$CAL Rollout problems, State Procurement still scheduled to switchover from Bid Sync on July 1, 2015. Will state be ready? Are vendors prepared? CalNet3 remaining categories for wireless and satellite voice […]

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    It’s No Breeze. Consumer Affairs BreEZe Project Status Report Troubling

    January 29, 2015

    The California Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) which certifies or licenses almost 2.5 million practitioners in over 240 occupations, is facing renewed scrutiny over its management and implementation of the new, mission critical BreEZe Online Services Project. According to the Project’s latest status report on […]

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    Latest Covered California Computer Snafu Causing Premiums to Double in January

    January 13, 2015

    Covered California is apparently auto-renewing 2015 policies without crediting policyholders with federal subsidies. With new policy years kicking in this month, along with automatic bank deduction for premiums, accounts are being hit with premiums sometimes twice what they were last year. Since enrollees with incomes […]

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    TechLeader.TV with Jim Butler, DGS Deputy Director, State Purchasing Officer & Marnell Voss, Deputy Director, CalTech, Statewide Technology Procurement, JAN 22, 2015, 11:30 AM PT

    January 9, 2015

    Next Program with Jim Butler, Deputy Director, DGS  and State Chief Purchasing Officer     Marnell Voss, Deputy Director, CalTech, Statewide Technology Procurement Live Webcast Hosted By John Thomas Flynn   Jim Butler oversees the state’s $10 billion annual purchasing, and some of the most relevant, […]

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    ISSA Meeting – The Internet of Things as a Platform for Public Safety and Security; 11:00-1:00 PM, Jan 16, 2015

    January 9, 2015

    Information Systems Security Association – Sacramento Valley Chapter Date:   Fri, Jan 16, 2015 Time:  11:00 – 1:00 pm Place: ITT-Tech Rancho Cordova Campus 10863 Gold Center Dr. Rancho Cordova, CA 95670 Speaker:          Ted Alben, Practice Manager, Connected Safety & Security Organization:  IoT at Nexus IS, […]

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    State Auditor Reports Troubling FI$CAL Rollout

    January 9, 2015

    The state’s giant, new $700 million financial system, FI$CAL, had its first, staged rollout or Wave on July 1, 2014. Until now little had been heard about its success; however, a new State Auditor report released today expressed some significant concerns. Apparently over half the […]

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    Brown Introduces New 2015-2016 Budget: $250+ Billion. Where’s the $3-$5 billion in IT Spending?

    January 9, 2015

    Today, once again, the State of California is going through its traditional January ritual where the Governor unveils its huge annual budget, over $250 billion when you count all the state’s funding sources. Don’t be fooled by the Department of Finance’s budgetary legerdemain whereby only […]

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    Watch John Cleese Compare a Compaq to a Dead Fish

    January 3, 2015

    I use to have one of these:

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    REMEMBER: Shop at Amazon from this site; Support TechLeader.TV and our Troops

    December 21, 2014

    THANKS TO ALL THE TECHLEADER.TV VISITORS WHO’VE BEEN USING THIS LINK TO SHOP VIA AMAZON ON THIS SITE. It doesn’t cost you any more, helps support our site, and half goes to the Wounded Warrior Project. Follow this link at “Read More…” below and you […]

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    California State Auditor Warning: Only a Third of State’s IT Data “Reliable”. Ouch…

    December 18, 2014

    In a remarkably low-key announcement accompanying her report, State Auditor Elaine Howle notified the Governor and the legislature today that her office performed 53 data reliability assessments of state IT systems, and “determined for the purposes of the audits that the data were sufficiently reliable […]

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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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