Theo Douglas

Contributing Writer

Theo Douglas is assistant managing editor for, 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.

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Vitaliy Panych, who took over as the state’s chief information security officer in January, discussed broad-level IT and cybersecurity issues and goals, working with security partners and best practices during a recent virtual event.
Officials from L.A. County, the nation’s most populous county, and the California Department of Technology offered their takeaways from the rollout of the My Turn COVID-19 vaccination eligibility website.
Mayor Eric Garcetti appointed Jeanne Holm as the new leader for budget and innovation. Holm also served as chief knowledge architect and digital strategy manager for NASA before joining the city.
The newly signed executive order directs several agencies to “regularly convene private-sector companies in an effort to understand and predict current and future demand for broadband."
Two California agencies are in the proof of concept stage of a procurement for a statewide homeless data integration system. Tackling the homelessness in the state has long been a focus of the Newsom administration.
Taking some cues from the state’s Alpha website project, the new COVID-19 resource webpage offers a "central location for up-to-date and simple guidance" on fighting the fast-moving virus.
The bill under consideration would create a statewide database to give officials a clearer picture of the state’s homeless population, the services they receive — and of those at risk of becoming homeless.
To cut down on the number of non-emergency calls to 911 and boost public awareness, a group of local governments and search engine giant Google have partnered up to create National 311 Day.
The effort to overhaul with a focus on user-centered design reached a major milestone with the completion of its first three-month sprint. The project team discussed their progress during an open house last week.
Technology initiatives begun last year are beginning to yield significant results in areas including wildfire response, accessibility and blockchain, the state chief information officer said at the California Public Sector CIO Academy 2020 in Sacramento.
Santa Clara County Chief Information Officer Ann Dunkin, formerly with the federal government, will leave public-sector service after three years with the county to join Dell in a role related to state and government.
The department is planning the deployment of a new Criminal Booking System that should bring never-before-seen capabilities to the agency later this year.
Vallejo was motivated to create the post based in part on the positive experiences other cities such as Carlsbad and Long Beach have had from adding similar positions, Assistant City Manager Anne Cardwell said.
Larry Ainsworth, formerly the assistant chief information officer for the county, has been elevated to temporarily replace Jennifer Hilber, who retired Aug. 13. He began in the new role Aug. 14.
The working group will investigate the rapidly developing area of distributed ledger technology thought to have considerable potential for both the public and private sectors.
An audit of the California Department of Technology found that the agency had shown improvement in its information security stance since a 2013 review, but that more effort was needed to safeguard state systems.
Now-former Chief Data Officer Maksim Pecherskiy has left city service after nearly five years in the role. He says he plans to focus on side projects, which include building custom private-sector software.
The state’s budget could be finalized at any moment between now and Saturday, but as it stands, some major technology initiatives seems to be getting the financial attention leaders were after.
The city, Cal State Long Beach’s Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, and investment company Sunstone Management are partnering to launch an accelerator aimed at bolstering new tech companies.
Los Angeles Controller Ron Galperin issued a report calling on officials to enhance agency-level and citywide oversight of IT contracts amid investigations into improper use of two commodity contractors by employees.
Five lawmakers introduced the “Your Data, Your Way” omnibus that will likely include four bills and a resolution aimed at stiffening the state's data privacy rules.
During panel discussions on building smarter communities and fostering innovation, officials from three cities talked about partnering with education and business, leveraging data and working with citizens and staff.
Officials from Las Vegas and Los Angeles discussed recent partnerships with tech firms that will take advantage of new technologies to boost public safety, reduce energy costs and expand urban communications.
As Uber gets ready to pilot commercial aerial vehicles in 2023 in Dallas and Los Angeles, municipal officials said significant challenges confront all cities around transportation equity and solving underlying issues.
Though plans to deploy interactive kiosks throughout the city are uncertain, the telecommunications company is still engaged in 5G deployment efforts in the area.
Krishna Mohan Mupparaju, the Commonwealth Office of Technology's new chief data officer and chief technology officer, is guiding IT centralization and taking a hard look at agency data stores.
More than 100 communities applied to join Neighborly's inaugural Community Broadband Accelerator, prompting the company to expand the cohort to 35 participants in 18 states.
Washington, D.C., has named longtime contractor Suneel Cherukuri as its new chief information security officer, resolving a staffing decision that has been a need throughout most of 2018.