Arlington, Virginia , Hyatt Regency Crystal City, April 23-25, 2017
The important work of NASCIO is conceived and executed by business and operating committees comprised of volunteer members and supported by association staff. In addition to the Executive Committee, NASCIO has operating committees and ad hoc issues committees and working groups that report to the Executive Committee.
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The Audit Committee assists the Executive Committee in fulfilling its oversight responsibilities with respect to the annual audit of the association's books and records, including selection of the independent auditor and oversight of internal controls over financial management and reporting. The committee is comprised of the secretary-treasurer, who is the chairperson, and two or more members of the Executive Committee appointed by the president.
Staff contact: Lisa Thompson, Deputy Director
Successful information technology initiatives in state government deserve to be highlighted and shared in order to promote innovation, foster better government and engage citizens. For the 23rd consecutive year, NASCIO is honoring achievements in the public sector through its Recognition Awards for Outstanding Achievement in the Field of Information Technology.
The Awards Committee is charged with determining the awards winners in ten submission categories. Committee members review and score nominations and then recommend award finalists and recipients. Being a member on this committee is a great avenue to network with other members, gain knowledge regarding state technology projects through the review process and ultimately honor outstanding state technology initiatives.
Meeting Schedule: The committee will meet as needed.
Staff contact: Emily Lane, Program and Brand Manager
The Corporate Leadership Council (CLC) is comprised of dedicated NASCIO corporate members committed to utilizing private sector intellectual and financial resources to serve NASCIO and its members. CLC members promote information sharing among public and private-sector members, providing expertise to NASCIO issue focus areas and developing publications and projects. The CLC chair and vice chair hold an advisory seat on NASCIO's Executive Committee and the group develops corporate participation policies for board review. CLC participants must be corporate members in good standing.
Staff contact: Lori Rempe, NASCIO Membership and Communications Coordinator
This committee is made up of state members only. Members of this committee are appointed by the president, and the chair of the committee is the immediate past president.
Staff contact: Doug Robinson, Executive Director
The objective of the NASCIO Programs Committee is to develop relevant and actionable programming that is in line with members’ priorities, in an innovative manner.
The NASCIO Programs Committee is a great avenue for state and corporate members to become more involved in NASCIO and work together to develop outstanding programming for the midyear and annual conferences. The rewards of involvement include networking among members and experiencing the successful fruition of the program development at the conferences. The committee process starts four months prior to the conference – commencing with the development of programming objectives and choosing a theme. This is followed by utilization of conference evaluations and priorities of state CIOs to shape the development of content for the conferences. This includes determining the agenda and session topics, writing abstracts, as well as choosing and inviting presenters and keynote speakers.
If you have any questions, please contact Emily Lane, the NASCIO Program and Brand Manager
Staff contact: Emily Lane, Program and Brand Manager
Issue Statement: With passage of the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012, Congress established a program to fund development of a nationwide, interoperable public safety wireless broadband network (PSBN). In the planning and roll-out of that system over the coming years, numerous issues will arise that impact state governments and their telecommunications systems. These include the development of working partnerships between public safety entities and other stakeholders at the federal, state, and local government levels. It also includes development of policies and technical standards that will make the network robust and sustainable over time, as the initial funding cycle runs out.
Goals and Objectives: The goal of the work group is to ensure that State CIOs are fully cognizant of the issues associated with the developing nationwide PSBN, are participating as appropriate in the development of the network, and are well-positioned to advise governors and other policy makers on a range of policy and technical issues associated with the network’s development. The work group will monitor and assess technical and policy issues associated with the pre-planning, planning, and implementation of the public safety network, and provide a forum for discussion of issues impacting state governments. The workgroup will track FirstNet issuances, monitor and track activities of the FCC and NTIA, coordinate efforts with NGA and other relevant associations, and respond as appropriate to requests for information made through federal advanced notices or other means. Assessments of key policy points of interest to CIOs will be undertaken as needed and comments developed, where appropriate, for NASCIO to deliver to the FCC, NTIA, the NGA, and other policy-making bodies. All-state briefings by federal and state officials on policy and technology issues are expected. Other deliverables are to be determined.
Meeting Schedule: The committee meets the last Tuesday of each month at 2:00 pm Eastern.
Committee Co-chair: David Cagigal, State of Wisconsin; Gregory Urban, State of Maryland
Staff contact: Yejin Cooke, Director of Government Affairs
Data management continues to surface as a critical concern for state government. Whether it is an effort to kick start an open data initiative, researching big data capabilities, sharing information across agencies or jurisdictions, establishing a business intelligence competency center, evaluating cloud computing options, or government transformation efforts, managing information and data effectively is the core element of the conversation.
NASCIO has made the case for data governance and the notion that information and data assets are state enterprise assets that must be properly valued, managed and protected. This working group will build on NASCIO’s series on data governance, and open data to develop guidance on establishment of formal data management operating discipline including effective business models, organization, roles and responsibilities, and technology. Further, the working group will conduct the necessary research to compile practical advice and case studies related to successful data management organizations in government, industry and academia.
The working group will plan discovery sessions and webinars to present success stories from across government, industry and academia to help promote data management best practices. Webinars and other research will be compiled onto a special webpage devoted to data management. Moving forward, this website will be continually enhanced to meet the needs of state government.
Meeting Schedule: The committee meets the second Monday of each month at 2:00 pm Eastern.
Working Group Co-chairs: Stu Davis, State of Ohio; Dewand Neely, State of Indiana
Staff contact: Eric Sweden
Enterprise planning and architecture is intended to be a management discipline for establishing strategic intent for state government through appropriate governance and then ensuring that intent is achieved through organization, business processes, and technology. Proper governance provides the path to ensure effective strategic intent. Enterprise architecture provides the operating discipline to ensure traceability from strategic business intent to the necessary capabilities that enable that intent. This approach ensures that state initiatives are aligned with overall strategy and assists state CIOs in making sound decisions for managing information-related assets. NASCIO’s EA & G program is in place to assist state CIOs in effectively applying enterprise architecture discipline and best practices for evaluating, planning, and implementing projects, programs and management initiatives. NASCIO promotes enterprise architecture as the foundational approach for guiding the transformation of government. Integrated within Enterprise Architecture is Enterprise Portfolio Management which provides a continual view into the enterprise as well as its strategic relationships and value chains. Consider Enterprise Portfolio Management as a dynamic “situation room.”
Given this description of enterprise architecture, it must be understood that EA is a management approach that touches every aspect of state government. Building awareness and depth of knowledge among our member CIOs will greatly contribute to NASCIO’s goal to advance the state CIO as a key member of the leadership team. The CIO is enabled as a key strategist and business leader leveraging the discipline of EA in every policy decision impacting organization, business processes, investment, and citizen outcomes.
As in the past, the EA & G program committee will plan its initiatives to support and align with the NASCIO strategic plan, the top ten priorities established at the NASCIO Annual Conference, and the Annual State CIO Surveys conducted in partnership with Grant Thornton and TechAmerica.
Meeting Schedule: The committee meets the second Thursday of each month at 2:00 pm Eastern.
Co-Chairs: Craig Orgeron, State of Mississippi
Staff Contact: Eric Sweden
Meeting Schedule: The forum meets on the second Wednesday of every month at Noon Eastern
Committee Chair: Keith Werner, State of North Carolina; Todd Kimbriel, State of Texas
Staff contact: Amy Glasscock
Issue Statement: To preserve government's ability to serve citizens, state CIOs must help protect state IT systems and services, while preserving the privacy of personal and sensitive information within those systems. State governments meet this obligation in the context of the larger IT network that interconnects state, local, and federal systems and allows direct citizen interaction with government programs and services through the Internet. A major focus is integration and coordination of federal, state, local government, and private sector efforts that further a national cyber security agenda.
Goals and Objectives: Support NASCIO's strategic objective of protecting the information technology infrastructure of the twenty-first century.
The committee focuses on the intersection between security and privacy to help state CIOs formulate high-level security and data protection policies and technical controls to secure the states' information systems and protect the personal and sensitive information within them. The committee monitors new security and privacy threats created by emerging technologies, as well as federal privacy and security legislation for collateral impact on the states. The committee fulfills NASCIO's goals of strengthening state CIOs' awareness of important IT issues and promoting the sharing of best practices, experiences and expertise.
To learn more about work products of the Cybersecurity Committee, click here.
Meeting Schedule: The committee meets the third Tuesday of each month at 2:00 pm Eastern.
Committee Co-chairs: David Behen, State of Michigan; Tom Baden, State of Minnesota
Staff contact: Meredith Ward
Issue Statement: State governments have always had an obligation to protect the vast amount of information collected from citizens. Today, new data is flooding in more than ever before as government and citizens become more connected to the Internet. The Internet of Things (IoT) creates new challenges for data protection and privacy. As state governments consider and implement new technologies such as body worn cameras, unmanned aerial vehicles and sensors they will face increasing pressure to protect this deluge of data and the privacy of citizens. Survey data from NASCIO studies indicate State CIO offices have differing roles, responsibilities and authority regarding privacy policies, practices and data protection. In most instances, the privacy role of the State CIO is not prescribed by law or defined in policy. An enterprise chief privacy officer (CPO) or equivalent role exists in less than half the states today.
Goals and Objectives: Operating as a subcommittee of the Cybersecurity Committee, the Privacy and Data Protection Working Group will be a forum to discuss relevant issues in the states. Possible topics may include, but are not limited to, privacy practices and policies with respect to electronic communications, cloud services, location tracking, automatic license plate readers, unmanned aerial vehicles and IoT. The expected format is a sharing of best practices by states and presentations from chief privacy officers
To learn more about work products of the Privacy and Data Protection Working Group , click here.
Meeting Schedule: The working group meets the last Wednesday of each month at 3 pm Eastern.
Committee Chair: Michael Cockrill, CIO, State of Washington; Sallie Milam, CPO, State of West Virginia
Staff contact: Amy Glasscock
Issue Statement: In February, 2016, NASCIO issued a call to action for state IT procurement reform (www.nascio.org/procurement), which has since been endorsed by the National Association of State Procurement Officials (NASPO). The call to action was in response to a long running dissatisfaction the state IT community has had with the state IT procurement process (see NASCIO 2015 CIO survey).
State CIOs assert that states must modernize state procurement laws, rules, processes and practices to align them with IT industry standards and best practices. State CIOs have recommended the procurement process be adjusted to recognize and align with enterprise IT strategies, architecture and standards. States should leverage state buying power through coordinated procurements in order to lower prices, reduce complexity and diversity of IT and increase the visibility of purchases.
Membership: Open to all state members and corporate partners
Charter Period: The committee will operate under a charter until September 30, 2016
Meeting Schedule: The committee's 2016 meeting schedule is as follows:
Committee Co-chairs: Gale Given, State of West Virginia