Government Technology, a national industry magazine, recently tabbed CDCR’s Joe Panora as one of the “2013 Top 25 Doers, Dreamers and Drivers” in the nation.

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Joe Panora, director of CDCR’s Division of Enterprise Information Services. (Photo by Eric Owens)

The magazine recognizes Panora,  director of the Division of Enterprise Information Services, with updating many key CDCR systems that helped drive operational efficiencies and business process improvements

One of the key projects Panora is overseeing is the Strategic Offender Management System (SOMS). SOMS is a web-based application available statewide to CDCR institutions and administrative locations.  The system provides accurate, complete and real-time offender information which allows CDCR staff to more efficiently and more safely manage the inmates spread over 33 institutions.

SOMS automates reception center intake, movements, counts, visitation, and caseload assignment. The next phase of releases will include calculation of release dates, offender classification and offender programs.

“Panora uses technology to improve California’s largest department from all angles, whether that’s finding cost avoidance through green IT or streamlining the visitor appointment scheduling process,” the magazine states.

“The annual GT Top 25 is our way of acknowledging the hard work and innovative ideas that make our communities safer, more successful and better places to live,” said Steve Towns, executive editor of Government Technology.

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