California State Transportation Agency Hires First CIO

James Duckens most recently served as project director for the EDD’s Unemployment Insurance Modernization Project.

by News Staff / July 11, 2014

The California State Transportation Agency (CalSTA), created last year under Gov. Jerry Brown’s government reorganization plan, has hired its first CIO, naming James Duckens to the position effective July 1.

Duckens started his state career in 1988 with the Department of General Services as a programmer and then served as a project oversight manager with the Department of Information Technology from 1998 to 2002. He also held various IT leadership roles at the Department of Finance from 2002 to 2010.

Duckens served as a project manager for the Receiver from 2010 to 2011, and prior to joining the Transportation Agency, he was with the Office of Systems Integration and served as the project director for the EDD’s Unemployment Insurance Modernization Project.

Duckens hold a bachelor’s degree in Information Management Systems from the University of San Francisco and is a certified Project Manager with the Project Management Institute.

The departments, boards and offices now under CalSTA include: the Board of Pilot Commissioners, California Highway Patrol, California Transportation Commission, Department of Transportation, Department of Motor Vehicles, High-Speed Rail Authority, New Motor Vehicle Board; and the Office of Traffic Safety.

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