Dennis Noone

Dennis Noone is the managing editor of Techwire.

Gov. Gavin Newsom announced the appointment of two award-winning state government IT veterans and one former Google official to high-level positions within the California Department of Technology.
The forward-looking technology arm of the California Government Operations Agency has a new chief deputy director, a new deputy director of programs and a new senior engineer.
The 35-year-old executive has been acting CISO in the California Department of Technology for two years before his official appointment was announced late Tuesday afternoon.
Wilkening, the governor’s special adviser on innovation and digital services, stepped down last week. He was a driving force behind the new Office of Digital Innovation and the cutting-edge Alpha.ca.gov project.
The Office of Digital Innovation was created last summer by Gov. Gavin Newsom. This position oversees the planning and administration of IT as well as other elements of the Government Operations Agency, the job posting says.
Udaya Patnaik, a Silicon Valley entrepreneur, was selected as the California Office of Digital Innovation’s first director. The appointment was announced May 13 after roughly a year-long search.
Holm, a senior technology adviser to Mayor Eric Garcetti, was selected as the city’s new chief data officer. She also served as deputy chief information officer and assistant general manager of the Information Technology Agency.
Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Thursday that Amy Tong would continue to lead the state’s Department of Technology. Tong, who was initially appointed by Gov. Jerry Brown, has held the leadership position since June 2016.
Gov. Gavin Newsom named Joy Bonaguro and Krista Canellakis as chief data officer and deputy secretary of general services for GovOps, respectively. He also reappointed Julie Lee to the GovOps undersecretary position.
State Auditor Elaine M. Howle raised questions about the ongoing Financial Information System for California project, saying that it costs too much, underdelivers and could imperil the state’s creditworthiness.
The position is part of the city’s Privacy First Policy, which was enacted in September, and aims to help govern the use of data by government and private companies. The application deadline is Jan. 3.
Civic leaders have been talking for years about establishing a procedure for manufacturers to get the city’s permission before beginning operations. Now, a new office might be created to oversee technology deployments.
Liebert, who has been California state government’s cybersecurity chief for almost three years, has left a large footprint in the state's IT security governance as it has significantly ramped up its efforts.
Mohammed Al Rawi, who led tech initiatives for the Los Angeles County Parks and Recreation District, has accepted the newly created CIO spot within the county’s public defender’s office beginning March 25.
Cruz has held a variety of leadership positions in state government, but now he is stepping down to work for a county within the state. Praise rolled in Thursday for his time at the California Department of Technology.
Gov. Jerry Brown signed California’s “net neutrality” law Sunday, and the U.S. Department of Justice responded almost immediately by filing a lawsuit to block the measure.
Keith Tresh, commander of the California Cybersecurity Integration Center (Cal-CSIC) in the Governor's Office of Emergency Services, is retiring from state service at the end of October.
California Secretary of State Alex Padilla’s office has certified the first open-source, publicly owned election technology for use in the county.
The Los Angeles County Parks and Recreation Department has rolled out a new website showcasing the amenities of its 182 parks.
Veteran state and local government IT leader Liza Lowery Massey has been named as the Bay Area County's CIO.
When the CIOs of California's county governments gathered this week with dozens of vendors for their biannual conference, they were joined by top IT leaders from state government. It represents a redefined relationship between the counties and the state.
CIO, California Highway Patrol
The state’s department of technology announced this week that it had launched a comprehensive program for evaluating and testing statewide systems and cyberdefenses.
Chief information officers must walk the tightrope between their agency’s older systems and newer ones. If balance isn’t achieved, it can mean trouble.
During a two-day forum in Sacramento, Calif., experts gathered to discuss where technology can be leveraged before and after earthquakes.
A partnership between LA County and California State University, Los Angeles could change how the Parks and Recreation Department manages its vehicle fleet.
California-based Pondera recently added IT vet Mike Borman to its board of directors.
The CIO of the California Health and Human Services Agency's Office of Systems Integration, Peter Kelly, is stepping down.
After 33 years with the Franchise Tax Board, CIO Cathy Cleek is set to retire in December.
Pondera’s FDaaS will integrate Azure Machine Learning to identify anomalies, trends, clusters and patterns that indicate fraudulent activities.