California budget calls for minimal IT adjustment


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California Gov. Jerry released last week his proposed budget for the 2014-2015 fiscal year that calls for little change in the state’s information technology spending.

According to the budget, the state’s Department of Technology only saw significant adjustments in two areas: security compliance and data center growth.

“With a decade of intractable deficits behind us, California is poised to take advantage of the recovering economy and the tens of thousands of jobs now being created each month,” Brown said. “But given the vagaries of the business cycle, we must be ever vigilant in the commitment of public funds. Wisdom and prudence should be the order of the day.”

From the budget:

  • Information Technology Security Compliance: The budget provides $684,000 in 2014?15 to fund 5 limited?term positions for a two?year pilot project within the Office?of Information Security. The pilot project will audit state departments’ compliance with mandated state and federal IT security policies, which are in place to protect the state’s critical IT infrastructure and information assets from loss, theft and misuse.
  • Data Center Growth: The budget includes $6.7 million to increase the power and cooling capacity of the Gold Camp Data Center to accommodate future customer demand. The data center continues to absorb large IT systems as departments centralize their IT systems and data processing to the Department ?of Technology, resulting in reduced costs to departments, more secure systems and applications, and the use of current and more efficient technology to meet business needs.

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