The California Department of Technology (CDT) is working on a new state technology strategy to be released on January 15, 2021, according to Chief Strategist Justin Cohan-Shapiro, who recently joined the department after working in the Governor’s Office.  The announcement was made at CDT’s vendor forum on Nov. 5 that included 280 attendees representing the technology industry and state government.

“CDT is currently in the process of building out its next California technology strategy that it’s going to publish on January 15, 2021,” said Cohan-Shapiro. “But to offer a little bit of a preview about where we’re headed, you know, there are a couple of key things. One is that we want to make sure that we are putting users first. And that means both the people of California, but also our state employees, at the end of the day, technology is a tool that is used by people to achieve a certain outcome or end. And we need to make sure that it’s working for people in the way it’s intended.”

The vendor community, along with state and local stakeholders, will have the opportunity to be included in the strategic planning process, according to State CIO Amy Tong, who led the 2-hour online forum.  Tong was joined by her staff and the Department of General Services (DGS).

Other forum highlights included:

  • The state will update it’s Pre-Qualified Vendor Pool in Q1 of 2021
  • CDT will likely make changes to the Project Approval Lifecycle toward a continuous improvement approach that includes shorter timeframes for project delivery
  • CDT will continue to give departments more delegation and independence from the department’s oversight division
  • CDT has developed a pilot for an iterative project report that is similar to existing Special Project Reports but specifically designed for agile or iterative projects
  • A new Artificial Intelligence (AI) initiative was kicked off earlier this year with the goal to promote a strategy and a standard approach that helps implement AI technologies within state government
  • New applications for the IT Master Services Agreement have been closed by DGS so they can prepare a new contract solicitation to come out by the end of 2020 with the intention of awarding a new contract by April of 2021.
  • DGS has extended many contracts that it had originally planned to re-advertise because of COVID-19
  • DGS will award the cloud FedRAMP moderate contract in mid-November
  • DGS will extend the state’s PC Goods contract to June 30, 2022
  • DGS will release a new contract solicitation for tablets this month with the goal of awarding it next Spring
  • DGS hopes to revise 401 IT Terms and Conditions in the second half of 2021

See CDT’s slide deck here.