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Amy Stewart

Staff Writer,

Amy Stewart is a staff writer with, a publication dedicated to the public-sector technology industry in California.

June 2, 2014

Bill to Modernize California’s 911 System Passes Senate, Heads to Assembly

The bill would require the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services to develop a plan for operating the next generation of Internet Protocol-based 911 emergency communications and transparently calculate the cost.

May 30, 2014

Bill Seeks to Help Disabled Veteran Businesses Win State Contracts

AB 1568’s author, Assembly member Shannon Grove, wrote the bill to increase the number of disabled veteran business enterprises firms contracting with the state.

November 11, 2013

Digital Divide Versus Digital Readiness: Is It a Skills or a Hardware Issue?

One expert suggests the term 'digital divide' is outdated, and that remaining barriers are more about education than equipment.

September 23, 2013

California Commission Green Lights App-Based Ridesharing Companies

Reversing an earlier policy, the California Public Utilities Commission voted to allow online-enabled ridesharing companies to operate legally with a permit.

September 11, 2013

JusticeMobile App Gives Officers Direct Access to Criminal Information

A new app tested by the San Francisco Police Department will soon be available across the state of California.

August 13, 2013

Youth Tech Summit Promotes Broadband Adoption

The Youth Tech Summit and Expo promoted Comcast's broadband adoption initiative, which has enrolled more than 25,000 low-income California families.

July 3, 2013

California Veterans to Get User-Driven Website

A new site for nearly two million California veterans will offer an integrated, personalized experience.

July 1, 2013

California Corrections Closes 5,000 Square Foot Computer Room

As part of the effort to comply with a statewide IT consolidation initiative, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation has officially closed down its 5,000 square foot computer room.

June 27, 2013

Marybel Batjer Appointed Secretary of California Government Operations Agency

Calif. Governor Jerry Brown appointed Batjer to lead the agency that will be responsible for administering state operations, including information technology and procurement.

June 25, 2013

California Department of Technology Starts July 1

A name change for California's primary technology agency also ushers in changes to IT procurement and organizational structure.

June 21, 2013

California's Gregory Franklin to Retire from State Service

As the state's assistant secretary for health IT, Franklin has provided oversight in California’s health IT infrastructure.

May 31, 2013

Michele Robinson Appointed California's Information Security Chief

Robinson says her main goals are to protect sensitive data and mission critical systems, and is working to complete several initiatives already under way.

May 28, 2013

California Technology Agency Must Approve All Smartphone Purchases

A new policy in California requires that any state agency under the governor's authority obtain approval for its smartphone purchases.

May 17, 2013

SF Considers State Data Center for Disaster Recovery

To help restore information and technology systems in the event of a city emergency, the city is considering switching from a private data center located 3,000 miles away to a state-run facility 100 miles away.

May 15, 2013

California's IT Procurement Taskforce Recommendations Expected Soon

State Controller John Chiang said the task force may soon have recommendations on how to update the state’s policies related to the use of technology.

April 17, 2013

California Bill to Restrict Wireless Communication Shutdowns Clears First Hurdle

On April 16, a bill to prevent wireless communication interruption was approved by the Senate Energy, Utilities and Communications Committee.

April 12, 2013

California's Cloud Proposal Imminent

Office of Technology Services Director Ron Hughes says RFP will be released in about four weeks.

April 11, 2013

Sen. Alex Padilla Enters California Secretary of State Race

Top 25 honoree announces his candidacy for the position.

March 20, 2013

California Technology Agency to Release IT Procurement Strategy

The CTA also released its 2013 Strategic Plan Update, which aims to expand online services, increase access from mobile devices, create innovative business systems and bridge the digital divide.

March 14, 2013

Appointment of California's OTech Director Ron Hughes Confirmed

The California Senate Rules Committee unanimously voted to confirm Hughes' appointment, and the confirmation will advance to the Senate floor for final approval by majority vote.

March 6, 2013

California Puts MyCalPays Project on Hold

The state's Legislative Analyst’s Office said that ongoing problems call for pausing the program entirely for at least a year.

February 8, 2013

California Controller Announces IT Procurement Task Force

Working with the Governor’s Office, the State Controller's Office has assembled a task force to build recommendations on IT procurement.

February 7, 2013

CalPERS CIO Dale Jablonsky to Retire from State Service

Jablonsky has spent nearly 30 years in state government, serving six years as the CIO of the Employment Development Department before starting as the CIO of CalPERS in August of 2010.

February 4, 2013

NTIA Updates National Broadband Map

Ninety-eight percent of Americans have access to wired or wireless broadband with download speeds of at least 3 Mbps and upload speeds of at least 768 kbps, according to the latest data.

January 16, 2013

California CISO Keith Tresh Accepts Position with National Guard

On Feb. 1, Tresh begins his new job as Director of Personnel and Human Resources at the California National Guard.

January 10, 2013

California Attorney General Issues Privacy Guidelines for Mobile App Developers

The 22-page report recommends using small icons or pop-ups to inform consumers how the developer will use the information, among other things.

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