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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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    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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