Beginning of recruitment for the next State CIO and director of the technical department

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Recruitment has opened for a new state information director and director of the California Department of Technology (CDT).

Amy Tong, who has held this position for more than five years, will leave CDT at the end of the month and join the Office of Digital Innovation (ODI), of which she will be the director. ODI, like CDT, is part of the California Government Operations Agency (GovOps).

“California is looking for a technology leader to bring CDT and the state into a future where technology is used as a strategic asset,” the job posting said. “The State CIO is responsible for creating the State of California Technology Plan and will lead the overall effort to transform the way we think about and use technology across government. “

The position is critical as the department works across state government in the areas of technology procurement, cybersecurity, digital transformation, project management, and career development.

The state CIO reports to the secretary of GovOps, who oversees the tech, procurement and hiring entities for the state as well as 11 other departments and programs.

“GovOps is seeking a reform-minded leader to manage the operations of the department and contribute to the overall state government operations transformation effort,” the announcement said.

CDT Deputy Chief Executive Officer Russ Nichols, Deputy State CIO, will be the interim State CIO after Tong, 48, leaves his post on December 31. Nichols, like Tong, is a veteran of public service. Prior to his current position at CDT, he was the agency information officer for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.

As the state’s CIO, Tong has overseen significant changes in the state’s tech apparatus, including a shift to an agile and more iterative development methodology in which products are released in smaller chunks. It is a break with the traditional “waterfall” method, in which a project was developed and then implemented as a whole.

The state’s new CIO will take over a department that has new leaders in key roles. State Director of Technology Innovation Rick Klau, head of the Office of Enterprise Technology (OET), was appointed to the post in February and has recruited two key assistants at OET: Jeff Barrett, the new head of state transformation and digital stabilization; and Gregory Fair, the state’s new head of digital identity.

Under Tong administration, the state also expanded its professional development opportunities through the Office of Professional Development (OPD). OPD Director Brenda Bridges Cruz added new avenues for advancement. OPD now offers academies focused on leadership, emerging leaders, project management, digital service innovation, and cybersecurity.

Overall, the job posting states that “CDT has broad responsibility and authority over all aspects of technology operations throughout California,” with approximately 900 employees and a total annual budget of over $ 3.7 billion. of dollars.

The publication details desirable characteristics for the new state CIO, including:

  • Leadership: A strong commitment to collaboration and transparency in developing a state-wide vision for technology. State CIOs must see their role as empowering others to achieve strategic goals.
  • Management: a focus on managing the organization and developing staff to reach their potential. Experience working in a large organization is essential.
  • Modernization: Experience working with existing technologies and modernizing large-scale operations.
  • Service Delivery: Dedication to providing service at the highest level. This includes finding opportunities to create and deliver the next generation of government services, both to internal and external clients.
  • Governance and Oversight: A working understanding of how to leverage governance and oversight to add value and mature global operations.

Besides GovOps and ODI, the technology department and its manager work closely with CalData and Joy Bonaguro, head of state data; the Department of General Services, the main commercial agent of the State; CalHR, which manages the state’s human resources; and the Ministry of Finance.

The state CIO position has a monthly salary range of $ 15,015 to $ 17,233.

Dennis Noone is Editor-in-Chief of Techwire. He is a career journalist, having worked as a reporter and editor for small town newspapers and major metro dailies in California, Nevada, Texas and Virginia, most notably as an editor for USA Today at Washington, DC. He lives in the foothills of Northern California.

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