Salt Lake City, Utah, Grand America Hotel, October 11-14, 2015
Baltimore, Maryland, Hyatt Regency on the Inner Harbor, May 2-5, 2016
Orlando, Florida, JW Marriott, September 18-21, 2016
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.
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.
Staff contact: Emily Lane, Program and Brand Coordinator
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: Meghan Penning, 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 Coordinator
Staff contact: Emily Lane, Program and Brand Coordinator
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.
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.
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.
Staff contact: Eric Sweden
Issue Statement:The Health and Human Services Working Group will seek to examine the ways in which health IT initiatives, particularly state-driven health IT efforts, as well as human services IT initiatives, are developing and evolving. The renewed focus on technology in health care and human services presents opportunities for state CIO's to engage and support key state and national program objectives. The group will continue to focus on tracking and analyzing current state health IT efforts, health care reforms and the CIOs involvement within them with an objective of preparing state CIO's to support changes to existing technology and prepare for new initiatives in health and human services technology.
Background: The president signed into law the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) and the Health Care Education and Reconciliation Act of 2010 in March of 2010. Both of these bills, products of the health care reform agenda, have created new requirements and opportunities for the states in both the near-term and long-term.
As a result of these reforms, state and local health IT spending will increase by 19% by 2015 and it is imperative that the state CIOs have a clear understanding of the role they play in implementation of health care reform. A few of the major initiatives state CIOs have been responsible for implementing are state-based Health Insurance Exchange (HIE) information technology systems, which were required by 2014, HIE eligibility systems, and updating or replacing legacy Medicaid eligibility systems due to the massive increase in enrollment. These initiatives provide an opportunity to integrate with existing state CIO priorities to ensure coordination across program areas.
In addition to PPACA, state and local health IT efforts will continue to benefit from funding for community-based health care center modernizations and e-record systems, Medicaid management information systems, health information exchanges and record-locator services, public health systems and telehealth.
Goals and Objectives: This group will ensure that state CIOs are updated on emerging state and national trends that state CIOs need to be aware of, including changing polices related to the PPACA and the standards, architecture, implementation strategies, privacy and security implications that are associated with new requirements. This working group will seek to advance the role of the state CIO in Health IT conversations in regards to policy, architecture, governance and standard setting.
The group will also maintain relationships with health information technology organizations such as the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS), National Governors Association. National Association of Medicaid Directors, National Academy of State Health Policy, Health IT Connect, Markle Foundation, American Public Human Services Association, and the National Conference of State Legislatures.
Meeting Schedule: The working group will meet the last Wednesday of each month at 3:00 pm Eastern.
Staff contact: Amy Glasscock
Meeting Schedule: The forum meets on the second Wednesday of every month at Noon Eastern
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.
Meeting Schedule: The committee meets the third Tuesday of each month at 2:00 pm Eastern.
Staff contact: Meredith Ward
Issue Statement: The state IT community has long been critical of IT procurement processes and practices. State CIOs assert that states must modernize state procurement laws, rules, processes and practices to align them with IT industry standards and best practices. They argue that because information technologies are extraordinarily dynamic and evolve so quickly states must streamline the procurement process to make it faster and less cumbersome - be more flexible in source selection, contract development, and duration. 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.
Purpose: NASCIO will continue the efforts of a joint committee with TechAmerica as our partner to focus on IT procurement reform. We may invite strategic partners including the National Association of State Procurement Officials (NASPO) and TechAmerica, to study and prepare products that recommend reforms and highlight best practices in IT procurement. Active private sector involvement and perspective is critical to the success of the committee. In addition to research and educational deliverables, the committee will have an advocacy role. A consistent message supporting the deliverables from this committee is that public procurement organizations have a duty to incubate new innovative processes that are more effective in achieving results in IT procurement.
The committee meets the second Wednesday of each month at 2:00 pm Eastern.