California Department of Justice CIO Adrian Farley has had a hand in a lot of major state technology projects over the past several years. As a chief deputy under former state CIO Teri Takai, Farley was instrumental in reforming IT procurement practices, shifting responsibility for large system integration procurements to the state technology department, and introducing key innovations — like RFP boot camps and multistage contracting — aimed at fostering more competition and better results. He also spearheaded the development of the state’s federated data center, where state agencies, like Corrections and Public Health, now lease space for their own operations.
This past March, the Justice Department launched a mobile app for California law enforcement agencies. JusticeMobile, the first statewide implementation of its kind in the U.S. according to the Attorney General’s Office, gives officers in the field direct access to information about suspects via their smartphone or tablet. Working closely with the San Francisco Police Department, which piloted JusticeMobile before its statewide release, Farley played a pivotal role in coordinating the development of the new app. He says 80 other agencies — local, state and federal — are in various stages of deployment.
Now Farley’s working on a statewide platform that unites all information about offenders from different data systems in the state and makes them available in a single profile through a Google-like search engine. He’s also looking ahead to some ambitious undertakings in 2014 and beyond, including single sign-on access across systems for law-enforcement-related information and an open source records management solution.