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Legislative Analyst’s Office looks at proposal for new Office of Digital Innovation

In this post, we describe the Governor’s 2019‑20 budget proposal to create a new office within California’s Government Operations Agency (GovOps)—the Office of Digital Innovation (ODI). We then provide issues for legislative consideration, including key questions about the office’s implementation and legislative oversight of its activities. The administration recently released proposed statutory changes to implement ODI. We will review the proposed legislation in the coming days and, if needed, update our analysis.

Role of GovOps. GovOps oversees ten state departments, boards, and programs with broad operational responsibilities including the state’s two largest pension systems; two major tax departments; and departments that provide critical administrative functions such as the California Department of Human Resources (CalHR), the California Department of Technology (CDT), and the Department of General Services. The mission of the agency is to improve the accountability and management of government programs, increase their efficiency, and promote more coordinated operational decisions. GovOps is also tasked with a number of targeted initiatives such as the Civil Service Improvement initiative, the Department of Motor Vehicles Strike Team, and the upcoming federal 2020 Census.

Role of CDT. CDT, a department within GovOps, is the state’s central information technology (IT) organization and has broad authority over all aspects of technology in state government. As shown in Figure 1, this authority includes (1) the delivery of technology-related services to departments (through CDT’s Office of Technology Services); (2) providing IT project approval and oversight, including CDT’s project approval process (through the Office of Statewide Project Delivery); (3) the development and delivery of state IT leadership and workforce training (through the Office of Professional Development); and (4) the initiation of new innovation efforts such as the creation of a new website that makes government data more accessible to the public (through CDT’s Office of Digital Innovation).

The article above was excerpted from a longer analysis available online at the website for the Legislative Analysti’s Office.