California Reports Progress on Network Consolidation Effort

As part of California’s agenda to consolidate its information technology (IT) program to improve state government operations and reduce costs, the Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO) today posted a scorecard on the status of executive branch agencies migrating to the California Government Enterprise Network (CGEN).   Signed in September of this year, AB 2408  defines targets and timelines for IT consolidation across the executive branch, including requiring agencies to begin migration from their existing network to CGEN by July 2011.   The scorecard is posted on the OCIO website here.

By migrating to a single, modern network with a common configuration and architecture, state IT professionals can more effectively manage applications and services while improving network security and reliability.  The CGEN network utilizes carrier-managed solutions in partnership with Verizon and AT&T,  replacing more than 70 individual departmental private networks and the current network services managed by the Office of Technology Services.   The upgrade is expected to save energy and training and operational costs.

The first significant milestone in migration, the completion of the initial network profiles by each executive branch department (as represented in purple on the scorecard) provides the foundation for moving to the next phase, establishing the migration timeframes and schedule for each executive branch department. 

Scorecards on the status the CGEN and other IT consolidation-related initiatives will be posted quarterly on an ongoing basis at

Originally called for in the Governor’s Executive Order (EO) S-03-10, AB2408 requires state agencies to:

  • Reduce the total amount of energy utilized by IT and telecommunications equipment by 20 percent by July 1, 2011 and by 30 percent by July 1, 2012.
  • Reduce data center square footage by 50 percent by July 2011.
  • Host all mission critical public facing applications and server refreshes in a Tier III data center and close all existing data centers and server rooms that house non-network equipment by June 2013.
  • Begin migrating from their existing network services to the California Government Network no later than July 2011.
  • Begin migrating to the state’s shared e-mail solution no later than June 2011.
  • Develop and maintain enterprise architecture plans in compliance with the statewide enterprise architecture policies and standards as established by the OCIO.
  • Participate in activities coordinated by the Office of Information Security for response to security incidents and cyber security threats.

When the OCIO was established in January 2008, it was the intent of the Legislature and Governor to create an agency that, among other things, establishes policies and standards to ensure that state information technology systems run effectively. Through changes to the State Administrative Manual and the Statewide Information Management Manual, the OCIO creates statewide policy for the Executive Branch to ensure coordination as the agency works to oversee IT activities with a common direction and vision.

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