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Thursday, September 30, 2010

San Diego Government Jobs Benefit from Statewide IT Bill

Those with San Diego government jobs may benefit from a new bill that focuses on technology efficiency. Visit to learn more.

State officials recently passed a bill that will improve the information technology infrastructure throughout California, increase government efficiency, and save costs. The bill will further help define targets and timelines for IT consolidation across the executive branch and create a permanent structure for IT governance.

"Since the beginning of my administration, I have been a strong advocate for rebuilding the state's technology systems to make them work better and more efficiently for the people of California," Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said. "This legislation tops a list of strategic changes made to California's IT program to further improve the state's IT operations. This action will strengthen project oversight, increase transparency in spending, promote greater cost savings and define specific targets to reduce energy usage in our IT systems and further consolidate services."

Part of the bill was based on the Governor's Reorganization Plan 1, which realigned IT resources, including the Office of Technology Services, under the leadership of the Office of the State Chief Information Officer to enhance efficiency, which has now been renamed the California Technology Agency.

The goal of the reorganization was to create more accountability and provide a framework to enhance the IT workforce that supports computer systems. The effort is expected to save $1.5 billion during the next five years.

The bill requires state agencies to:

  • Reduce the total amount of energy utilized by IT and telecommunications equipment by 20 percent by July 1, 2011 and by 30 percent by July 1, 2012.
  •  Reduce data center square footage by 50 percent by July 2011.
  •  Host all mission critical public facing applications and server refreshes in a Tier III data center and close all existing data centers and server rooms that house non-network equipment by June 2013.
  •  Begin migrating from their existing network services to the California Government Network no later than July 2011.
  •  Begin migrating to the state's shared e-mail solution no later than June 2011.
  •  Develop and maintain enterprise architecture plans in compliance with the statewide enterprise architecture policies and standards as established by the OCIO.
  •  Participate in activities coordinated by the Office of Information Security for response to security incidents and cyber security threats.
Keep in mind that anyone applying for a government job will most likely have to partake in a California criminal records (Click here) check.

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