Calderon Legislation Creating Government Innovation Fellowship Approved by Senate Government Organization Committee

Thursday, June 29, 2017

SACRAMENTO, CA – Today, the Senate Government Organization Committee approved Assembly Bill 86, a measure authored by Assembly Majority Leader Ian Calderon establishing the state Government Innovation Fellowship in order to provide opportunities for government agencies to pursue innovative ideas and solutions.   
“Public and private-sector innovators who live and do business in our state are significant economic drivers to California’s prosperity,” stated Majority Leader Calderon. “With AB 86, we can create the framework to utilize their expertise and make state governmental activities and practices more streamlined and accessible.”
AB 86 will establish the Government Innovation Fellowship within the Government Operations Agency (GovOps) as a pilot program. Fellows will work on short-term projects using their advanced skillsets to improve delivery of state governmental services to all Californians. GovOps will consider requests from state agencies for the assignment of fellows that meet this outcome.
The Government Innovation Fellowship is based on the federal Presidential Innovation Fellowship. The President Innovation Fellows have completed projects include scaling cloud based, open access data to various federal departments and creating a VA Center for Innovation to increase human-centered services towards veterans. A similar state based pilot program in Ohio empowered executives to streamline government application processes for the Ohio Department of Commerce by decreasing time to receipt of background checks by 80%.
AB 86 is supported by California Association of Independent Businesses, Inc., California Chamber of Commerce, California Manufactures and Technology Association, Dell, Industrial Environmental Association, the National Federation of Independent Business Small Business California, and TechNet.

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