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Theo Douglas

Contributing Writer

Theo Douglas is assistant managing editor for Industry Insider — California, and before that was a staff writer for Government Technology. His reporting experience includes covering municipal, county and state governments, business and breaking news. He has a Bachelor's degree in Newspaper Journalism and a Master's in History, both from California State University, Long Beach.

Gov. Gavin Newsom this week announced that Nolwenn Godard, a technology executive with a lengthy private-sector resume, would take over as the new director of the Office of Data and Innovation.
The California Department of Technology has issued a budget change proposal that would allow for nine positions and $2.5 million from the state’s General Fund to develop and oversee the implementation of a digital equity plan.
Gov. Gavin Newsom proposed a state budget Tuesday that seeks to address an estimated $22.5 billion shortfall, bringing both investment and spending reductions for IT over several years.
Longtime technologist Ed Althof will serve as the new assistant chief information officer and chief technology officer. Kc Roestenberg was recently appointed as the county’s new CIO following the July 7 departure of Joel Golub.
A group of technology-related bills were recently signed by Gov. Gavin Newsom as the deadline to sign or veto legislation nears. The bills, now law, ranged from cybersecurity and transportation to electronic prescription drug tracking.
Gov. Gavin Newsom recently signed one piece of tech legislation into law and has until Sept. 30 to sign or veto the other bills that have cleared the statehouse, including several related to IT and cybersecurity.
Bay Area tech officials shared their insights about the changes and challenges facing government IT shops caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The need to engage with those they serve emerged as a common thread.
The East Bay city has hired its inaugural chief information security officer in Miriam Mehari. Mehari joined the city in 2005 and most recently served as an information systems administrator.
With the Legislature's Aug. 31 deadline fast approaching, a handful of IT-focused bills are still under consideration. The bills range from CDT oversight of broadband projects to expanded data breach notification rules.
A handful of tech-related bills are being reviewed at the Capitol as lawmakers return from summer recess. The legislation will have to clear fiscal committees in both houses by Aug. 12 to stand a chance of becoming law this session.