Jeff Green, Deputy Director DAPO, speaks at the ceremony. In the background are State CIO Amy Tong and the Deputy Director of Operations of California Department of Technology Chris Cruz. Deputy Director Green accepted the award on behalf of the team for the Virtual Integrated Mobile Office.

Photos by Riq Hebert, Enterprise Information Services

The Center for Digital Government presented the Best of California Awards during the California Technology Forum on Sept. 12 in Sacramento.

EIS Director Russ Nichols addresses the audience.

The awards recognize state and local government organizations for innovative technology initiatives.

CDCR was recognized twice.  “Best Application Serving an Agency’s Business Needs” award went to the Environmental Health and Safety Program, which establishes electronic medical record-keeping for all 59,000 CDCR employees. The “Best Mobile IT Project” award was given to Virtual Integrated Mobile Office (VIMO), which eliminates the need for Division of Adult Parole Operations (DAPO) field books and reduces travel time, resulting in staff time savings of 175,000 hours annually.

This year’s Best of California awards included 18 winners.

“I would like to extend my congratulations to all of the nominees and winners in this year’s Center for Digital Government’s Best of California Awards, said Amy Tong, Chief Information Officer, California Department of Technology.  “As a public servant, I know first-hand that much of the great work we do can often be overlooked. These awards are an excellent opportunity to highlight innovation in technology and how it can positively impact the lives of Californians.”

The award winners are selected by a panel of judges based on several criteria, including collaboration among agencies, innovative use of technology, economic benefits and improving public services and business processes.

From left are Dan Warstler, Parole Agent III, User Project Manager in SOMS; Russ Nichols, EIS Director; Jeff Green, DAPO Deputy Director; and Jeffery Funk, Enterprise Mobile Manager.

The Business Information System (BIS) Program, in partnership with CDCR’s Facility Planning and Construction Management (FPCM), California Correctional Health Care Services (CCHCS), Office of Employee Health (OEH), and private entities, developed the Employee Health and Safety (EHS) Program to control the CDCR/CCHCS employee tuberculosis screening, vaccinations and immunities, and respiratory protection, according to those involved.

Those involved in the health project included FPCM Director Deborah Hysen, Dr. Steven Weyers, Dr. Janet Mohle-Boetani, Dr. Bruce Leistikow, Dr. Steven Gest (EOMC), Mark Bertacchi, Gregor Larabee, Wendy Todd, Alina Ketkhenesa, Dave Killer, Shiva Dusanapudi, Kirpal Ahuja, Sue Brissette (EOMC) and Dave Hawley (Project Manager).

“The EHS Project Team used SAP Integrated Technologies to advance workplace protections for all CDCR employees while bringing increased Agency compliance with Governmental policies and mandates and accountability to Public Health control entities,” said Hawley, the Project Manager.

The participants in the development and deployment of VIMO included Executive sponsorship from the Director of Parole, multiple Parole Administrators, the Director of EIS, and the project was managed by Jeffery Funk, with participation from the SOMS Parole team which included John Kennedy, Craig Wilson, Dan Warstler, Mel Scott, Arnold Fit, Mary Pastor, Nick Johnson, Rebeca Spencer, with help from our SOMS Contract partner DXC plus numerous staff in EIS.  The Proof of Concept for VIMO was conducted in four Parole GPS/Sex Offender units; Sierra GPS, Inland GPS, Fresno GPS, and LA Central GPS.

“Virtual Integrated Mobile Office (VIMO) is the largest paradigm shift for the Division of Adult Parole Operation in the past 20 years.  VIMO will help decouple Parole Agents from being desk bound. VIMO allows the department to reduce time spent in administrative tasks and redirect that time to supervision of offenders, re-focusing on the core mission of Public Safety and Offender Rehabilitation,” said Russ Nichols, Director, Enterprise Information Services.

From left are Kirpal Ahuja, SAP Consultant; Sue Brissette, EOMC; Wendy Todd, EHS Team Member; Dave Killer, SAP Project Manager; Dave Hawley, EHS Program Manager and Alina Ketkhenesa, EHS Team Member.

2017 Best of California Awards

Best Application Serving an Agency’s Business Needs

  • Environmental Health and Safety Program, CDCR
  • LEADER Replacement System (LRS) Project, Los Angeles County Department of Social Services, and the California State Office of System Integration
  • The Los Angeles Business Portal, City of Los Angeles Mayor’s Innovation Team
  • SFO TaxiQ: A Mobile Application to Manage Taxi Trips, San Francisco International Airport

Best Mobile/Wireless Project

  • Virtual Integrated Mobile Office – VIMO, CDCR
  • myOCgov Mobile Application – Find County of Orange Services Near You, County of Orange

Demonstrated Excellence in Project Management

  • Jose Alvarez, Information Systems Manager, City of Los Angeles Information Technology Agency
  • Carrie Hoff, Deputy Director, County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency
  • Antonio Sajor, Jr., Captain of Technical Services Division, Police Department, City of Stockton

Best Application Serving the Public

  • California Immunization Registry 2, California Department of Public Health
  • Franchise Tax Board Customer Service Dashboard, California Franchise Tax Board
  • Covered California Enrollment Partner Portal, Covered California
  • Most Innovative Use of Social Media/Citizen Engagement
  • Real Stories of Covered California, Covered California

Best IT Collaboration Among Organizations

  • E-CRIMS – Alameda County Criminal Justice Integration
  • SanGIS – San Diego Geographic Information Source, City of San Diego and County of San Diego

Most Innovative IT Workforce Initiative

  • City of Riverside Innovation and Technology Department’s Kaizen Career Road Map Program

Best Data Analytics / Business Intelligence Project

  • CalWIN Business Intelligence Solution, Welfare Client Data Systems Consortium/ CalWIN
  • The Los Angeles Indices of Neighborhood Change and Displacement Pressure, City of Los Angeles Mayor’s Innovation Team

About the Center for Digital Government

The Center for Digital Government is a national research and advisory institute focused on technology policy and best practices in state and local government. The Center provides public- and private-sector leaders with decision support and actionable insight to help drive 21st-century government.

The Center is a division of e.Republic, the nation’s only media and research company focused exclusively on state and local government and education, according to the organizers.