Posts Tagged: California

A Little-Know Opportunity Can Increase Your Retirement Income The Voluntary Contribution Program In my research I have heard the Voluntary Contribution Program (VCP) described as: “The Best Kept Secret in CSRS”, “The hidden Treasure That No One Seems to Find” and “A Golden Opportunity to Create Tax Free Income”. There is but one group of people in the United States that hasRead… Read more »

Telecom, Security, Cloud and the State of California – Your chance to join the discussion

On Monday, February 10, 2014 the Public Sector Technology Exchange (PSTE) will be hosting a government and industry panel discussion on “Telecom, the Cloud, and Security” from 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the CalPERS Building Auditorium located on 400 Q Street in Sacramento, California. The PSTE is an independent forum that discusses the issuesRead… Read more »

How To Do Business With The State Of California

There are several procurement opportunities available for businesses interested in winning government contracts with the state of California. Each year California purchases almost 10 billion dollars-worth of goods and services that range from office supplies to specialized temporary labor. All government procurement in California is administered by the Procurement Division of the California Department ofRead… Read more »

Does Public Access to Government Prevent ‘Idiocracy’ or Limit Innovation?

By Sam Williford, Associate Consultant Recently, Governor Brown and the California legislature approved a bill that would allow local governments the option not to send out advance notice of public meetings, or provide minutes from closed sessions (known as the Brown Act, not related to the current governor), in an effort to stem the tideRead… Read more »

GovBytes: Free Wi-Fi, Comparing (Refurbished) Apples to Oranges

A California city, built on an orange industry which fell in the face of international competition, is regaining its footing through the growth of several technology and business programs made possible by citywide free wi-fi. Program Helps City Close Digital Divide The renaissance in Riverside can be attributed in large part to the SmartRiverside initiative,Read… Read more »

GovBytes: Palo Alto Mayor Uses Twitter to Chat with Residents

Social Media is becoming ever more ingrained in the political landscape, and the government of Palo Alto — a city known for its tech savvy — is taking advantage. Palo Alto Mayor Yiaway Yeh and City Manager James Keene participated in two Twitter discussions with resident recently. Participants could use the hashtag #askpaloalto during theRead… Read more »

GovBytes: Californians May Soon Present Insurance via Mobile when Pulled Over

California Assemblyman Mike Gatto, while looking for ways to ease the hassles of life on Californians, has authored a bill allowing for proof of insurance and auto registration to be presented via mobile device when pulled over. If signed into law the bill would make life easier because many young Californians, according to Gatto, payRead… Read more »