California review team wants a technology division

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger requested the 2,054-page report that slammed the state's IT systems as stovepiped and antiquated.

A massive report commissioned by California's governor recommends that the Golden State consolidate and standardize its IT operations and set up a new technology division as part of an overhaul of the state's cash-strapped government.

The report was presented to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger this month at a government surplus property warehouse. The 2,504-page Report of the California Performance Review: Government for the People for a Change is available in searchable format, at www.report.cpr.ca.gov/index.htm.

It makes 1,200 recommendations to reform California's government.

The report suggests establishing a new technology division headed by a chief technology officer; consolidating data centers, servers and storage; revamping www.ca.gov; hiring an enterprise architect under the CIO; developing a statewide radio network; exploring open-source systems; securing statewide data infrastructures; and consolidating IT contracts.

Five months in the making, the report said the California government workforce should be slashed by 12,000 and 91 state agencies merged into 11.

'California's technology programs have been diminished by the current budget deficit, restricted by stovepiping and burdened by archaic, bureaucratic processes,' the report said. It blamed mismanagement of contracts and vendors, resulting in project failures in an atmosphere where 'departments statewide are cautious to the point of inaction.'

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Trudy Walsh is a senior writer for GCN.

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