California’s Statewide IT Project Management Office Earns Globally-Recognized Expert Rating

State Technology Update - December 23, 2010

The Software Engineering Institute (SEI) has rated the State Chief Information Officer’s Program Management Office (PMO) with the distinguished Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI) Maturity Level 3 designation.  The achievement demonstrates a superior level of organizational maturity and consistency by the PMO, which tracks, analyzes and approves state information technology (IT) projects.  On the same level with well-established, multinational corporations and selected federal government agencies, California is among the first states to earn such a distinction.

“This distinguished rating demonstrates our commitment to delivering value to state government and the people of California,” said Christy Quinlan, Acting State Chief Information Officer.  “I would like to congratulate Deputy Director Russ Guarna and the entire PMO staff for this important achievement.”

The CMMI Maturity Level 3 rating indicates that an organization has a common set of defined and documented standard processes which are subject to continuous analysis toward improvement and efficiency.  The SEI is a federally funded research and development center sponsored by the U.S. Department of Defense and operated by Carnegie Mellon University.

As part of the State Chief Information Officer’s mandate to set policy and direction for IT programs throughout the executive branch, the PMO oversees the state’s IT portfolio including assets, projects, and resources.  The PMO promotes sound IT investments and effective project management and acquisitions practices while standardizing project management and procurement processes and advising state agencies on best practices.

The unit manages a rolling average of about 100 projects at any given time, a portfolio valued at $5.6 billion.  It also works with the Department of Finance, Department of General Services, Office of Technology Services, Legislative Analyst’s Office and other external parties to ensure support and proper budget alignment of the State CIO’s recommended projects and initiatives.

To more effectively oversee information technology in state government, the Legislature and Governor approved SB 90 in 2007 to establish the Office of the State Chief Information Officer as a cabinet-level agency.  As part of its mission, the office establishes and enforces information technology strategic plans, policies, standards and enterprise architecture, as well as approves information technology projects for all state departments.

Please Note: Beginning January 1, 2011, the OCIO will be renamed the California Technology Agency in accordance with Chapter 404, Statutes of 2010 (AB 2408).

Contact:  Bill Maile (916) 549-2845