STAR Newsletter – November Issue

October 30th, 2014 by CalTech

Hot off the press! The STAR Team here at the California Department of Technology has just released the latest edition of the STAR Spotlight Newsletter! Click here for the latest edition:

This month’s newsletter features the following articles:

– What’s New in Procurement?  Kick-Off for the STAR Procurement Analysis Team.

– STAR Brings Opportunities for Collaborative Development with Agencies and State Entities.

– STAR Will Make a Difference at the Department of Water Resources.

– Department of Motor Vehicles is Gearing up for STAR.

– Agencies, State Entities and Baseball Fans Alike Should Have Faith in STAR.

– How will the new Stage/Gate Model Improve the Process for How Projects are Approved?


Additional information regarding STAR can be found on our STAR website at:

California Department of Technology Presents: Green Fair 2014

October 15th, 2014 by California Department of Technology

Go green with the 2014 Green Fair Event on WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 29th 2014 (11:00 am – 1:00 pm) at the California Department of Technology, PG1, Rancho Cordova. Don’t miss it!

For more details: GREEN FAIR 2014 PDF

Technology Letter 14-04 – Cloud Computing Policy

September 5th, 2014 by California Department of Technology

The California Department of Technology released Technology Letter (TL) 14-04 today announcing California’s Cloud Computing Policy. This policy will help State Agencies/entities harness the benefits of cloud computing while adequately addressing relevant statutory and security requirements. A copy of TL 14-04 is available on the California Department of Technology’s website located at:

Questions regarding this TL should be directed to the Department of Technology, Policy Office at

Customer Connection Newsletter – August 2014 edition

August 21st, 2014 by California Department of Technology

Hot off the press! The new Customer Connection Newsletter is now available and features our OTech Chief Davood Ghods of the California Department of Technology.

This edition of the Customer Connection Newsletter includes articles on new service offerings, an update on the CES contract procurement, a customer testimonial, and much more. To read, visit: Customer-Connection.
Customer Connection Newsletter - August 2014

FIRSTNET in California Bakersfield Town Hall Event

August 5th, 2014 by California Department of Technology

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First Net Event

PSA Kicks Off Save Our Water Campaign Asking Californians to Take Extraordinary Measures to Conserve

July 17th, 2014 by California Department of Technology


Sacramento, CA – In partnership with the State of California’s drought awareness program Save Our Water, international pop superstar and five-time Grammy winner Lady Gaga has released a Public Service Announcement (PSA) asking Californians to join the effort and take extraordinary measures to save water during the drought. The PSA is available on, a new site designed to help Californians find ways to conserve at home and at work every day.

The Lady Gaga PSA also marks the launch of a new public awareness campaign from Save Our Water urging Californians to join the effort to undertake extraordinary conservation efforts. The first creative from the campaign stresses that ‘Brown is the New Green’ and asks Californians to let their lawn go brown by cutting back watering to twice a month. Additional campaign materials will be released by Save Our Water through the end of the month, including digital and social media ads, lawn signs, billboards and radio ads.

“We’re thrilled Lady Gaga has joined the effort to Save Our Water,” said Mark Cowin, director of the California Department of Water Resources. “Conservation has always been a Californian value, but in this drought regular conservation isn’t enough — we must take extraordinary measures to save water.”

Save Our Water’s campaign comes as the State Water Resources Control Board voted to adopt mandatory water conservation measures for urban water users and suppliers, including prohibitions on outdoor irrigation more than two days per week, washing hardscapes, sidewalks and driveways with water and using hoses without shutoff nozzles to wash cars.

“This is no ordinary drought and Lady Gaga is no ordinary superstar,” said Tim Quinn, Executive Director of Association of California Water Agencies. “With our new campaign and spokespeople like Lady Gaga, we hope to reach every Californian with the important message of conservation.”

• To view the Lady Gaga PSA, visit
• To download a broadcast quality version, visit

Save Our Water connects Californians with daily drought tips and news via Save Our Water’s Facebook page, Twitter and Instagram are also great resources for Californians looking to join the effort to save water.

Governor Brown has called on all Californians to reduce their water use by 20 percent and prevent water waste.

Save Our Water is a partnership between the Association of California Water Agencies and the California Department of Water Resources – for more ways to save and to learn more about the Save Our Water program, visit

FirstNet Town Hall Meeting Scheduled for July 16, 2014 in Lakeport

July 10th, 2014 by California Department of Technology

LAKEPORT, CA – The California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services, Public Safety Communications Office is hosting a FirstNet Town Hall on Wednesday, July 16, 2014, at the Lakeport Superior Courthouse, Board of Supervisors Chambers, 255 Forbes St., Lakeport, California from 10:00 AM – 12:30 PM.

In February 2012, Congress enacted The Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act (the Act), containing provisions to advance public safety capabilities in the United States. The Act directs the establishment of the Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network (NPSBN) and the creation of the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet). FirstNet’s vision is to provide emergency responders with the first nationwide, high-speed, wireless broadband network dedicated to public safety.

As California’s point of contact for FirstNet and in collaboration with Mark Ghilarducci, Director of the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services, CalOES is committed to working with state and local emergency first responders to ensure that the NPSBN meets the needs of first responders and public safety workers across California.

At the Town Hall participants will be able to hear directly from a FirstNet representative regarding FirstNet’s national service vision, service offers and applications; learn about California’s developments and current initiatives; hear how FirstNet will impact public safety communications and other local perspectives.

Space is limited; please register by email or by phone 916-657-9172 if you plan to attend

Future town hall meetings are planned for:

• Santa Ana, California
• Bakersfield, California
• Vacaville, California

We hope that you can attend the Lakeport town hall. The meeting is open to the public, so please feel free to forward this information to other public safety constituents. If you have any questions regarding the town hall event, please contact our team by email or by phone 916-657-9172.

California Department of Technology and Local School District Foundation work to bridge Digital Divide

May 2nd, 2014 by California Department of Technology

On Saturday, May 3, 2014, computers for home use will be awarded to students in the Natomas School District as part of a Digital Divide program run by the Natomas Schools Foundation. The computers are the product of a collaboration at the California Department of Technology with State agencies and departments, as well as non-profits and community-based organizations. Using State of California surplus computers, dedicated technologists have worked together to donate hours and skills in order to put updated computers in the hands of schoolchildren who didn’t have home computers. In addition to State of California volunteers, youth in the greater Sacramento region contributed their time and technical abilities to revamp the computers with updated operating systems and modern software.

In 2013, Deputy Director Veronica Ortiz-Torres began Youth2Youth, a pilot project that examined how the State surplus computer system worked. She looked at whether we could reduce eWaste, and put revitalized computers into the hands of schoolchildren lacking home devices and connectivity. By working together with the Department of Technology, Department of General Services, CalRecycle, and CalPIA, computers that would otherwise go into the eWaste stream were identified and directed to a youth training program for incarcerated young men who are learning technical skills and earning certifications. CalPIA then delivered repaired computers to the California Department of Technology warehouse, and CalTech volunteers donated time to put the units together.

California Department of Technology’s Javier Carrillo was instrumental in partnering with both CalPIA and CSU, Sacramento, to bring computers to the Natomas students. Carrillo connected with college students enrolled at CSU, Sacramento’s Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement (MESA) program with the support of Jaime White, Director, MESA Engineering Program (MEP) to install and upgrade the computer software.

Useable desktops and laptops will be distributed to students who have applied through the Natomas Schools’ Foundation Digital Divide program. The first installment of computers will be made at the Natomas Schools Duck Pluck Festival on Saturday, May 3rd between 11 am and 4 pm. The Duck Pluck is a community-wide event to support Natomas Schools. Over 70 booths, including food vendors, carnival-like games, arts, sports and education activities, will be featured at the event, which is held at the sports field at Inderkum High School, 2500 New Market Dr, Sacramento, CA 95835. The culminating event of the day will be the Duck Pluck itself, which gives participants a chance to win $10,000.

For more information on the Duck Pluck and Natomas Schools Foundation, please visit: For information on how you can help volunteer to help Natomas Schools bridge the digital divide, please contact Javier Carrillo at (916) 717-6293. For information on programs involving the Digital Divide, please contact Deputy Director Veronica Ortiz-Torres at

2014 Champion of Technology Award Nominations

April 29th, 2014 by California Department of Technology

SACRAMENTO, CA – the California State Fair has announced a new award – the Champion of Technology. This award was created to recognize a superior effort by a technology leader or organization for the benefit of all Californians. Since 1854, the California State Fair has showcased the advancements of the State’s leading industries: agriculture, food science, viticulture and ranching, not to mention all those who receive recognition through competition.

Since California is the birthplace of many of the technological achievements the world knows today, it’s a natural progression to acknowledge exceptional innovations and technological developments with this inaugural award. In celebration of the technology industry in California, the California State Fair presents the 2014 Technology Champion Award.

The Technology Champion of the Year will be awarded to a technology industry leader or organization for remarkable contributions to California’s technology industry. The Technology Champion must have demonstrated outstanding leadership and clearly benefited the residents of California through a pursuit of commendable technological achievement.

ELIGIBILITY: open to individuals that reside in California or businesses headquartered in California.

NOMINATIONS: Forms and information for the 2014 Technology Champion Award must be emailed, postmarked, or hand delivered by Friday, May 2, 2014 to the following point of contact:

Veronica Ortiz-Torres
Deputy Director of Digital Education California Department of Technology 10860 Gold Center Drive, Mailstop Y-20 Rancho Cordova, CA
(916) 431-5355

NOTE: 2014 Awardee will be honored at the Annual State Fair Gala to be hosted at Cal Expo on Friday, June 27, 2014. For more information, please contact Jake Rowe at:

To obtain a copy of the nomination form, please go to:

MAY is Bike Month!

April 3rd, 2014 by California Department of Technology

Get in Gear for Bike Month!

It’s time to dust off your bikes and join your neighbors and co-workers in bicycling for work, school, shopping or recreation this May during the Sacramento region’s annual May is Bike Month campaign. This is the tenth year that volunteers, public agencies, businesses, and bicycling enthusiasts will partner to promote bicycling for all types of trips.

In addition to the health benefits of bicycling, you can also pedal to avoid traffic congestion from construction (Fix 50 Project) , beat rising gas prices, help reduce air pollution and enjoy the beautiful May weather.

Join the Department of Technology team by registering and pledging miles at When registering, please be sure to select the Nerd Herd as your team. There will be several events announced soon to kick off our participation in May is Bike Month.

Ride your bike to work, school, shopping, dining or for recreation and log those miles on the May is Bike Month website. Challenge your friends to a mileage contest on the website, Facebook or by email. Or challenge yourself to ditch your car and ride your bicycle to all of your destinations. “Like” May is Bike Month on Facebook or follow on Twitter (@mayisbikemonth) to find out about events, post photos and receive bike-related updates.

On Monday, April 28th, O-Tech Chief Davood Ghods will host an O-Tech kick-off event at noon in the Gold Camp Isbell Conference Room for anyone interested in participating in May is Bike Month. You will be able to register online or submit a registration form to get started. Light refreshments will be served. Anyone that is already registered, or registers at the event will be given this year’s coveted May is Bike Month tee shirt.

On Thursday, May 1, the Sacramento region will kick off the month with organized Rides-to-Work that will start in various parts of the region and end at Fremont Park in downtown Sacramento. Check for details.

On Thursday, May 8, the region celebrates Bike Month with a BikeFest at the State Capitol. In addition to prizes and music, the Sacramento BikeFest will feature booths by bike shops and bike groups, as well commute information.

Throughout the month, there will be prize drawings; individual, group and employer challenges; rallies; awards; safety clinics and organized rides.

Visit for information about events, a bicycle trip planner, and safety information for kids and adults.

Planned event information and general information will soon follow. If you have any questions, please contact your Transportation and Green Programs Coordinator at

May is Bike Month is coordinated by the Sacramento Area Council of Governments and the region’s transportation management organizations. For more information, visit call (916) 321-9000.