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.

California Department of Technology at University of California, Davis Cesar Chavez Youth Leadership Conference

March 17th, 2014 by California Department of Technology

California Department of Technology staff spoke and presented information on technology state careers at the 13th Annual Cesar E. Chavez Youth Leadership Conference held Saturday, March 15, 2014. The event featured college and career workshops as well as an art, education, health and job fair.

The goal of the conference was to help youths learn how to get involved in the community and become community leaders, learn about social and political issues, and how to pursue educational opportunities beyond high school. Deputy Director of Broadband and Digital Literacy Adelina Zendejas, Deputy Director Christie Borchin, Office of Professional Development, Caroline Lopez, Chief of Operations, Office of Professional Development, and Gabe Okamoto, Youth Aide at the Director’s Office, Deputy of Toxic Substances (Gabe is a high school senior who spoke about his experience getting his position as a youth aide and his interest in promoting public service) spoke and presented at Saturday’s event.

Broadband - Cesar Chavez Youth Leadership Conference - MAR-15- 2014

Broadband and Digital Literacy Office Announces Broadband Collocation GIS Map and Video Release

January 24th, 2014 by California Department of Technology

Sacramento, CA – The California Department of Technology (CalTech) Office of Broadband and Digital Literacy introduces a comprehensive, statewide Geographical Information System (GIS) map to support the expansion of broadband collocation in California. The map is developed by the CalTech’s GIS Office, in collaboration with the Department of General Services (DGS) and the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC).

Using data from the DGS State Property Inventory (SPI) database, and maps from the CPUC showing underserved and unserved broadband areas in California, the GIS map allows viewers to analyze and interpret state data in a user-friendly and efficient format. This project results from the Office of Broadband and Digital Literacy’s lead of the California Broadband Council workgroup on improving broadband collocation opportunities with the State of California.

“Broadband access is vital. Access to the Internet provides Californians with economic opportunities, educational resources, telemedicine, emergency response, mobile government access, and brings a means to connect with others throughout the world,” said Deputy Director of Broadband and Digital Literacy Adelina Zendejas.

In addition to the launch of the GIS map, the Broadband and Digital Literacy Office announced educational videos on the state collocation application process for public safety properties. The videos were produced in collaboration with the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services. The videos were produced with cooperation from Agencies and Departments. Additional videos on the collocation process with other non-public safety sites are in progress.

To view the GIS map and Collocation videos:

Department of Technology Releases Technology Letter 13-04 Concerning Security and Privacy Policy

September 18th, 2013 by California Department of Technology

The California Department of Technology released Technology Letter (TL) 13-04 today announcing the complete restructuring of security and privacy policy for state government. A copy of TL 13-04 is available on the California Department of Technology’s website located at:

Department of Technology Releases Project Approval Lifecycle, Stage1 Business Analysis

September 11th, 2013 by California Department of Technology

The California Department of Technology released Technology Letter (TL) 13-02 today announcing the Project Approval Lifecycle, Stage 1 Business Analysis. The Project Approval Lifecycle introduces a Stage/Gate Model specifically tailored for Information Technology (IT) projects undertaken by the State of California. TL 13-02 introduces Stage 1 Business Analysis, which focuses on building a strong business case to ensure IT projects are undertaken with clear business objectives. A copy of TL 13-02 is attached to this email and is also available on the California Department of Technology’s website located at:

Questions regarding this TL should be directed to your California Department of Technology, Information Technology Project Oversight and Consulting (ITPOC) Manager; assignments can be found at

California IT Initiatives are Finalists fo Awards

September 9th, 2013 by California Department of Technology

The National Association of Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) has named 7 of California’s IT Initiatives as finalists for its 2013 State IT Recognition Awards for Outstanding Achievement in the Field of Information Technology in State Government. Over 120 nominations were submitted by states across the nation and only three finalists were selected for each of the 11 categories. One finalist in each category will be honored at NASCIO’s Annual Conference in October. With 7 finalists, California is the most recognized state in the nation.

The finalists for California are:

• State CIO Office Special Recognition Category: Department of Technology’s State of California GeoPortal is an innovative, intuitive tool that allows quick access to extensive geographic data. The GeoPortal is a comprehensive catalog of thousands of data sources from several government systems, streamlining access to government derived data. This solution brings together not only state derived data but also over 11,000 state, federal, local and tribal data sets.

• Information Communications Technology Innovations Category: Public Safety Communications Office Enhanced 911 Grant Project allows wireless 9-1-1 calls to be delivered to the correct Public Safety Answering Point communication center based upon the geographic coordinates of longitude and latitude of the wireless caller, which improves public safety and emergency response by reducing transfer times for wireless 9-1-1 calls.

• Data, Information and Knowledge Management Category: Public Safety Communications Office Enhanced Call Tracking System (ECaTS) collects and provides usable information which allows state, counties, and local Public Safety Answering Point communication centers to make the best use of their resources. This information can be used to deploy staff to cover the greatest number of calls, identify training needs, determine the best way to route emergency calls, and pinpoint trends to answer more 9-1-1 calls faster.

• Improving State Operations Category: Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation’s Business Information System is the largest Enterprise Resource Planning Solution implemented in California’s Public Sector replacing hundreds of standalone databases, legacy systems and manual processes with an integrated, proven solution for achieving operational efficiencies. The Business Information System streamlined administrative processes, including financial, supply chain, and human resource management and provides more efficient, automated business processes, as well as real-time reporting.

• Cross Boundary Collaboration and Partnerships Category: California’s Secretary of State partnered with the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) and 58 state counties to launch the California Online Voter Registration system which enables California citizens to register to vote over the internet.

• Digital Government – Government to Business Category: Board of Equalization’s Electronic Services Expansion Project provides direct online services for California businesses via the internet, streamlining government operations and improving program delivery.

• Open Government Initiatives Category: Secretary of State’s California Election Results Website is a scalable web environment utilizing innovative cloud technology to provide real time election results to meet the demands of the business user, media clients, and the general public who are interested in election statistics and information.

About NASCIO: The National Association of State Chief Information Officers is the premier network and resource for state CIOs and a leading advocate for technology policy at all levels of government. NASCIO represents state chief information officers and information technology executives from the states, territories, and the District of Columbia. The primary state government members are senior officials who have executive level and statewide responsibility.

Department of Technology Releases Enhanced California Architecture Framework

September 3rd, 2013 by California Department of Technology

SACRAMENTO — The California Department of Technology today released a significantly enhanced California Enterprise Architecture Framework, referred to as CEAF 2.0.

Enterprise Architecture (EA) identifies the business processes that execute or support an organization’s mission and defines how Information Technology (IT) assets directly enable those processes. The purpose of EA is to optimize and transform the often fragmented processes, information, application systems and technologies into an efficient and integrated environment supportive of the execution of business strategy.

CEAF 2.0 is intended to assist the State agencies in defining, implementing, maintaining and using the Enterprise Architecture (EA) effectively to support the achievement of desired business outcomes – to efficiently and effectively deliver government services. It also facilitates consistent and uniform implementation of the EA programs across State agencies through a service-oriented approach to EA work, by defining eight EA services and providing guidance to deliver those services.

“An effective EA will ensure IT solutions are more pertinent and relevant for the business. The CEAF 2.0 is a much needed EA framework that enables State agencies to develop and use EA effectively and efficiently,” said California Department of Technology Director and State CIO Carlos Ramos. “I encourage you to utilize the CEAF 2.0 guidance to establish or further strengthen your EA programs.”

The release of the CEAF 2.0 is the first of four phases in updating the State of California’s EA programs. Further guidance will be released shortly through Reference Architectures (RAs). RAs are the means through which CEAF 2.0 provides best-practice-based architectural solutions to build or harvest core business and IT capabilities that can be reused and shared throughout the State government. They are a key part of CEAF’s approach to progressively mature EA in the State of California. RAs are also a key input to the State agency architects in creating their agency’s target EA.

CEAF 2.0 is available online here.

A message from the Director and California State CIO, on the release of CEAF 2.0, is available online here.

California State Fair Opens Today With High Tech Attractions

July 12th, 2013 by California Department of Technology

The #CA State Fair opens today with high-tech attractions! To read more:

California Department of Technology to Demonstrate Mobil Apps and GIS Services at State Fair

July 11th, 2013 by California Department of Technology

The Department of Technology has been working closely with the State Fair to increase the presence of Information Technology (IT) within the fairgrounds. The Enterprise Solutions and Geographic Information Systems Divisions will have a display at Cal Expo during the State Fair on July 15th and 22nd to display the California Mobile Gallery and GIS services to the public.

The California Department of Technology will demonstrate resources available to the public through the California Mobile Gallery and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) services.

The California Mobile Gallery is a one-stop shop for over 40 public facing apps developed by State departments/agencies that provide a variety of services and information to the public. These apps include current traffic conditions, locations of recycling facilities, boating facilities, to name a few.

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) allows the public to discover and visualize information, identify patterns, and evaluate trends through the use of data. What used to be merely numbers within a spreadsheet can now been seen on a map and allow citizens, and business, to make informed decisions by visualizing data and information through the state’s GeoPortal and mapping services.

California Department of Technology Launches July 1

July 1st, 2013 by California Department of Technology

California Department of Technology

1325 J Street, Suite 1600 | Sacramento, CA 95814

Phone (916) 319-9223 | Fax (916) 324-1734

SACRAMENTO – In accordance with the Governor’s Reorganization Plan 2, the California Technology Agency officially became the new California Department of Technology today.  One of eight departments within the new Government Operations Agency, the Department of Technology’s physical office locations and contact information remain unchanged.

Under the Governor’s Reorganization Plan, the Department of Technology’s authority, jurisdiction and mission remain exactly the same – to provide Californians with the best, most reliable and secure services and information.  The streamlined alignment within the Government Operations Agency will allow for more efficient collaboration and enhance the success of California’s information technology (IT) projects.

Director Carlos Ramos continues as California’s Chief Information Officer (CIO) and as a member of the Governor’s Cabinet.  He will continue to lead the offices and divisions within the California Department of Technology, including:

  • Office of Technology Services (OTech)                     
  • IT Project Oversight and Consulting Division         
  • Statewide Technology Procurement Division         
  • California Information Security Office                     
  • Digital Education Office                                               
  • Broadband and Digital Literacy Office                     
  • Office of IT Professional Development                     


Today’s reorganization also includes the:

Previously within the Department of General Services, the Department of Technology is now responsible for procurement of the State’s largest IT projects

 Last July, the Legislature approved the Governor’s Reorganization Plan 2.  The Governor’s plan changes the reporting relationships of dozens of entities to improve coordination and efficiency and make government more responsive to the public.  According to the Little Hoover Commission, the Governor’s plan represents the most ambitious of the 36 reorganizations they have reviewed since 1968.  A summary of the plan can be found here. The plan in full can be found here.