Friday, May 14, 2010

CDCR Secretary Honored By State IT Chief for “Innovation and Vision”

For Immediate Release
May 14, 2010

Contact:
George Kostyrko (916) 445-4950

Award Given During Annual Government Technology Conference

SACRAMENTO – Matthew L. Cate, Secretary of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR), was honored May 12 with the “Innovation and Vision Award” by Government Technology Magazine at a special ceremony conducted during the GTC West Government Technology Conference.

“I am thrilled to announce that Secretary Matthew Cate is being honored with the Innovation and Vision Award for his leadership and dedication,” said California Chief Information Officer (CIO) Teri Takai, who presented the award to Cate. “Secretary Cate has been a technology champion and great inspiration to us.”

CDCR is the largest California state agency with approximately 67,000 employees. CDCR enhances public safety through safe and secure incarceration of offenders, effective parole supervision, and rehabilitative strategies to successfully reintegrate offenders into our communities. The Department has initiated a number of large scale efforts to use technology to manage, coordinate and improve operations at 200 statewide locations.

“I am honored to accept this award on behalf of this department and the many IT professionals we employ who strive daily to improve services we deliver to offenders, parolees, and our own staff,” said Cate. “I continue to encourage innovation and best practices in our information technology efforts and appreciate this recognition.”

“I salute Secretary Cate on his accomplishments in support of California’s IT agenda,” e.Republic CEO Dennis McKenna said. “His support of innovation and change is an example to other leaders in California and throughout the nation.”

The Innovation and Vision in Government Award is presented each year at e.Republic’s GTC West Conference. This prestigious award recognizes the leadership, dedication and tireless work of public officials to improve citizen services through the use of information technology.