State IT Policy, Standards, Instructions
As the state’s central organization on Information Technology (IT), the California Department of Technology (CDT) is responsible for establishing and enforcing statewide IT strategic plans, policies and standards. Through this website, the Department of Technology brings greater clarity to IT policies, standards, instructions, and guidelines regarding IT operations, security, project approval, procurement, enterprise architecture and oversight.
IT Policy Resources
- State Administrative Manual (SAM) – contains statewide IT policy.
- General IT – Section 4800
- IT Planning & Feasibility Study – Section 4900
- IT Equipment Maintenance Records – Section 5000
- IT Standards – Section 5100
- IT Procurement – Section 5200 et seq.
- Information Security – Section 5300 et seq.
- Disposal of IT Equipment – Section 5900
- IT Fiscal (Expenditures) – Section 6700
- Automated Accounting Systems – Section 7260 et seq.
- Summary of What Changed in SAM
- Statewide Information Management Manual (SIMM) – contains the instructions and guidelines needed to implement IT policy.
- Sections numbered from 05 to 80 and Sections 5300 et seq. contain standards, procedures, schedules, instructions, forms and templates that must be used to comply with policy.
- Sections numbered from 110 to 200 contain guidelines, models and forms that state agencies will find useful, but their use is not required.
- Summary of What Changed in SIMM
- Technology Letters (TL) – contains official communications regarding state IT, including new (or changes to existing) IT policies, procedures, services or standards.
- Memoranda – contains reminders, clarifications and notification of changes that may affect IT, but do not change state IT policies and procedures.
If you have questions or comments regarding State Information Technology policy, standards, instructions and guidelines please email ITPolicy@state.ca.gov.