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Amy Tong

Director and State Chief Information Officer, California Department of Technology
Governor Jerry Brown appointed Amy Tong as Director of the California Department of Technology (CDT) on June 30, 2016, after she had served as Acting Director since April 1, 2016.

As the Director and State Chief Information Officer (CIO), Ms. Tong is responsible for advising the Governor on the strategic management and direction of the state’s Information Technology (IT) resources. She is also responsible for establishing and implementing state IT strategic plans, policies, standards and enterprise architecture while minimizing overlap, redundancy and cost to the state by promoting the efficient and effective use of IT. Ms. Tong coordinates the activities of Agency Information Officers (AIO) and department CIOs for the purpose of integrating statewide technology initiatives and ensuring compliance with IT policies and standards in the areas of Digital Services, Information Security, Project Delivery, Innovation and IT Workforce development. She promotes alignment and effective management of IT resources by working to improve organizational maturity and capacity in the effective management of IT. In order to achieve success in these areas, Ms. Tong has emphasized the importance of strategic clarity within the department. She has aimed to instill a sense of common purpose throughout the organization through structural realignment and improved internal communication with the end goal being a department that is pointed in the same direction and continuously working toward one common goal.