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The Drone Wars Continue…

March 23, 2014

Most significant point: Now the field is wide open for private drone flight… The Drone That Shot Down the Feds How a 29-year-old Austrian buzzed the Statue of Liberty, built a business, and beat U.S. regulators in court.  

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More Bad News at EDD; Failed to Recover Half-Billion Dollars in Overpaid Benefits

March 13, 2014

EDD in headlines again. A new state audit blasts California’s Employment Development Department for ignoring an offer of federal help to recover hundreds of millions of dollars in overpaid unemployment benefits. Thursday’s report by the Bureau of State Audits estimates that EDD will have missed […]

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Lt. Governor Doesn’t Disappoint: Technology, Culture, Politics, Transparency, Open Data, Energizing State Bureaucracy, High Speed Rail and More…

March 11, 2014

We welcomed Gavin Newsom to TechLeader.TV yesterday before a live audience of state program and technology officials, our sponsors and a few other guests, plus over 1,600 viewers watching the show’s online Webcast, setting a new record for viewership on TLTV. The Lt. Governor as […]

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California Benefits Fraud Prevention Could Obviate Need for Tax Increases

March 11, 2014

Jon Coss, CEO of Pondera Solutions, a Folsom-based company that provides fraud-detection data services to government agencies throughout the United States penned a very interesting article in the Sacramento Business Journal last month. We noted this issue on the website many times over the years, […]

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File this Under the Open Data Unavailable File & Special rules for our Elite

February 21, 2014

Convicted state senator’s sentencing postponed supposedly because “transcripts from Wright’s January trial will not be available until mid-March”. Please. Weren’t we told that we could not move the state courts into the 20th Century (not to mention the 21st) by converting to video transcripts, because […]

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California Obamacare Website Still Down…

February 21, 2014

For the second day Covered California remains offline. Software glitches were reported as the cause. Ironically, this occurred right in the middle of yesterday’s Covered California’s board meeting. Ouch! We’ll have to go back and look at the tape to see the reaction of the […]

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California Obamacare Site Crashes

February 20, 2014

According to Chad Terhune at the L.A. Times$, California’s Obamacare Website Covered California crashed earlier today and remains down at this time: Amid a big marketing push, California’s enrollment website for Obamacare coverage has suffered an unexpected outage due to software glitches. The website problems […]

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Oregon Obamacare Debacle: Troubles Mount for Former California PUC CIO

February 20, 2014

More bad news for Carolyn Lawson as The Oregonian discloses investigations of her role while at California PUC: Carolyn Lawson, the former Oregon Health Authority official at the center of the storm of Oregon’s non-functional health insurance exchange, was investigated by the state of California […]

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Governor Brown Appoints San Bernardino C-IV Manager as New Office of Systems Integration Director

February 19, 2014

Gov. Brown announced today the appointment of John Boule, as OSI Director, replacing Shell Culp who was acting director. Shell replaced According to the Governor’s announcement: Boule has been San Bernardino County director for the California Statewide Automated Welfare System, Consortium IV since 2005. He […]

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Progress on Open Data Stalls in State of California; Data Stays Locked Up in Jail

February 17, 2014

It’s hard not to read this story and weep because it epitomizes what is so wrong about many state government agencies’ modus operandi when it comes to keeping valuable data, data that could even save lives, “locked up in jail”, as we used to call […]

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Hawaii Survey: Citizens Support State IT Modernization

February 4, 2014

Surveys, an interesting idea for a state government, congrats to our friend Hawaii CIO Sonny Bhagowalia. Unlikely we would see similar results in California unfortunately, nor something similar to this: “Led by Gov. Neil Abercrombie and Chief Information Officer Sonny Bhagowalia, Hawaii has taken an […]

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Accusations Surrounding Oregon Exchange Mismanagement Getting Serious…Fraud??

February 4, 2014

Troubling developments for Oregon’s problem plagued health insurance exchange. The problem was that the project’s CIO, Carolyn Lawson, didn’t know how to build a web portal for a health-insurance exchange, and neither did the people hired for the project. She did, however, know how to […]

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State of California Telecom/Calnet3 Leader Russ Guarna Retiring

January 17, 2014

TLTV has learned that after almost 30 years of state service, former TLTV guest Russ Guarna is retiring the end of January 2014. Just last July Russ became the first Deputy Director of the new Statewide Technology Procurement Division (STPD) within the newly reorganized California Department […]

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TechLeader.TV with Guest Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, Mar. 10, 2014, 11:30 AM PT

January 15, 2014

Next Program with Gavin Newsom California Lt. Governor Live Webcast Hosted By John Thomas Flynn with Special Guest        Gavin Newsom  We’ll discuss the Lt. Governor’s new book,  Citizenville: How to Take the Town Square Digital and Reinvent Government as well as:  Technology & Government  State of […]

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Big Data Takes Center Stage In Sacramento This Month

January 15, 2014

Big Data events are scheduled for Jan 21-23 in Sacramento reports Techwire. Should be interesting. The greatest barrier to date in big data related initiatives, especially in the State of California, has been a cultural one, i.e., government program and IT leaderships’ reluctance toward transparency, avoiding […]

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What Do State Health Insurance Exchange Leaders and NFL Coaches Have in Common?

January 15, 2014

Answer: A significant number have been recently fired… State-based exchanges are looking like the professional sports coaching ranks these days as bad performing ones lose their leaders. More are sure to come as enrollment performance remains poor. The media narrative following the rocky healthcare.gov rollout […]

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Former California IT Official at Heart of Oregon Insurance Exchange Crisis

January 15, 2014

Heads are apparently beginning to roll at the state Exchanges including former California PUC CIO and Tech Agency Deputy Carolyn Lawson. The Oregon Health Authority’s chief information officer resigned Thursday amidst scathing criticism of her oversight of the state’s malfunctioning health insurance marketplace… Lawson, who the […]

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US GAO Announces Fed Telecom Networx’s Transition Costs $67 Million Over Budget: Lesson for Calnet3?

January 15, 2014

The Statewide Technology Procurement Division, otherwise caught up in all the Calnet3  procurement processes and procedures, may find of interest a new GAO study of the Fed’s mammoth telecom vehicle Networx. Specifically, GAO reported that unanticipated “transition” costs from the old FTS2001 to Networx wasted […]

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Covered California Online Exchange Broken – Will it Affect todays deadline, Peter Lee?

December 23, 2013

Here’s what I saw when I was finally able to log in and tried to select a plan… What do I do with this??? Is this proof, Peter, that I tried, and can receive an extension? Phone lines overwhelmed. Why was this not anticipated? FUBAR…

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California Health Insurance Exchange Crashing on Final Enrollment Day

December 23, 2013

Since we completed our preliminary taxes for 2013, I went ahead and updated my Covered California application online. I was able to finalize my application, but when I tried to choose a plan, the system timed out. I have now tried three time today… To […]

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