California’s Plan for Transforming Into a ‘Digital Government’

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Cybersecurity and workforce development are key.

California recently released its strategic plan for transforming into a digital government, entitled Vision 2020.

Cybersecurity is a top priority in that plan, but so is training a workforce to be proactive in addressing threats.

Every decision employees make should factor in protecting public assets, Amy Tong, chief information officer of California, told Route Fifty.

Digital government involves shifting to automated processes but also cloud adoption.

“How do we migrate some of the existing systems that are not set up for cloud methodically?” Tong asked.

New systems must also be developed with the cloud in mind.

A second aspect of IT modernization is updated procurement practices to ensure productive partnerships with vendors, Tong said.

California has gone from one leadership academy for employees in the last two decades to four in the past two years, addressing cybersecurity, digital service innovation and project management.

When your IT projects range in cost from $200 million to as much as $500 million, execution is critical, Tong said.

Watch Route Fifty’s full interview with Tong at the National Association of State CIOs 2018 annual conference in San Diego below.

Dave Nyczepir is a News Editor at Government Executive’s Route Fifty and is based in Washington, D.C.

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