By OPEC Staff

Martin Hoshino, the Acting Undersecretary of Operations at the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR), has been selected as this year’s recipient of the Leadership and Vision Award presented by the Government Technology Conference.

The award recognizes those who have shown true leadership and facilitated advancement in the Information Technology (IT) field.

“Martin was chosen due to his outstanding leadership, not only in terms of the projects with CDCR but in terms of his mentorship, his unique ability to get things done, his commitment to IT in general, his executive involvement in all the leadership and IT conferences, his mentorship of new executives – especially during the “Walk Like a Leader” program, a class within the IT Leadership Academy, and his ability to build and foster relationships at all levels,” said Paul Benedetto, Chief Deputy Director of California Department of Technology said. “He is a true champion on how technology needs to service the business.”

For the past 14 years, Undersecretary Hoshino has worked in the public safety and corrections field holding positions at CDCR, the Board of Parole Hearings, and the Office of the Inspector General.

Throughout his career, and particularly during his time with CDCR, Undersecretary Hoshino has been a tenacious advocate of Enterprise Information Services (EIS).

He has been an active executive member on several committees, such as the IT Leadership Academy where he has participated in the “Walk Like a Leader” event which mentors young executives for leadership roles.

Through his leadership, vision and support of IT in Corrections, Undersecretary Hoshino has helped  to transform how CDCR does business, by supporting some of the most successful, comprehensive and largest IT systems in the state.

A few of the most notable successes are:

The Strategic Offender Management System (SOMS) – largest offender management system implementation in the country increases efficiency by replacing numerous legacy automation systems and manual practices, and provides increased safety for both the staff and inmate population at the institutions.

The Business Information System (BIS) – state’s largest Enterprise Resource Planning system providing integrated business functionality to three departments and 58,000 employees.  With BIS, CDCR manages and provides accurate and timely reporting on all facets of this $8.5 billion agency.

The Visitor Processing Appointment Scheduling System (VPASS) – an appointment system developed by the Department’s Division of Adult Institutions and EIS for visitors to obtain appointment times to visit inmates. Undersecretary Hoshino provided the executive sponsorship and leadership with stakeholders, Legislature and the Inmate Family Councils to ensure the success of this system.

The Managed Access System (MAS) – Thanks to the continued support of Mr. Hoshino, CDCR will be the first correctional agency in the nation to deploy managed access technology to all adult institutions.

EIS is actively implementing MAS in an effort to control the proliferation of contraband cell phones and end the criminal activities and victim harassment by inmates that have resulted from the use of cell phones in California prisons.