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Support Legislation that will Help Cities Make Technological Investments to Improve Government Transparency and Access

AB 2812 will be Heard on April 17 in the Assembly Privacy and Consumer Protection Committee

April 6, 2018
The League is sponsoring AB 2812 (Limón) to create the Office of Local Cloud Mitigation and Digital Innovation under the California Department of Technology (CDT) to facilitate public-private partnerships to help local agencies make technology improvements. 
 
Cities should make their voices heard and support this bill immediately.
 
Local agencies throughout the nation, including in California, continue to struggle to be current with evolving technology. This is an important issue as cities rely on technology to increase efficiency, keep their residents informed and provide open and transparent government. In fact, according to the International City/County Management Association, nearly 40 percent of local governments in the U.S. rely on technology that is at least on generation behind.
 
CDT has established statewide contract vehicles for the procurement of cloud services available to both state and local government entities, allowing them to acquire cloud services at competitively bid pricing. These contract vehicles enable rapid and cost-effective procurement of cloud services, while supporting CDT for their expertise and management of the contracts. These contracts have a CDT administrative fee embedded in the cost, making the new office within CDT for the purpose in AB 2812 a self-funding program that is supported by the additional adoption of cloud services by local governments.
 
AB 2812 falls in line with CDT’s objectives while bridging the gap between local agency “haves and have-nots” by encouraging the utilization of public-private partnerships — ensuring that California technology leaders guide local agencies in their goal to implore the most cost efficient, secure, and accessible technologies.
 
Take Action
 
AB 2812 is up for its first hearing on Tuesday, April 17 in the Assembly Privacy and Consumer Protection Committee. Cities can use the sample letter the League has prepared to let the committee know how this legislation would help modernize municipal technology.
 
Letters can be created and sent through the League’s Action Center or by using the sample letter found at www.cacities.org/billsearch by plugging AB 2812 into the search function.


 
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