The California Department of Technology released Technology Letter (TL) 16-02 today announcing  the third stage of the Project Approval Lifecycle (PAL).  The Stage 3 Solution Development builds upon previous PAL stages/gates and provides a structured and guided approach for conducting Information Technology procurement activities to acquire solutions that best meet business objectives, adhere to state policies and regulations, and yield the highest probability of success. State Administrative Manual (SAM) Chapters 4800, 4900 and 5200 include policy refinements and Statewide Information Management Manual (SIMM) Sections 05A, 10, and 19 include Stage 3 templates, instructions and supporting documentation.   The TL 16-02 is available on the Department of Technology’s website located at:

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