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LEXINGTON, Ky., Wednesday, March 5, 2014 — States and local government are joining up to save money and leverage economies of scale in operations to deliver better government services. The recipe for successful cross-jurisdictional collaborations have been explored by NASCIO in its report titled, “What Makes Collaborative Initiatives Work?” Often the primary incentive to forming a collaborative is cost sharing. NASCIO continues to build its portfolio of publications and references with a new release highlighting cost sharing. A list of essential design elements for cost sharing is presented along with examples of successful collaboratives. The publication is available at www.nascio.org/publications
“NASCIO is a strong proponent for cross jurisdictional collaboratives. We believe collaborative arrangements will be successful if they are starting with the right vision and then develop an...
LEXINGTON, Ky., Tuesday, March 4, 2014 — the National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) announced that Steven Emanuel, New Jersey’s chief information officer and NASCIO member, was appointed to the National Geospatial Advisory Committee.
Emanuel is among 17 new and continuing members to the National Geospatial Advisory Committee (NGAC), appointed by the Secretary of the Interior, Sally Jewell. The advisory committee provides recommendations on geospatial policy and management issues to the Federal Geographic Data Committee, the interagency executive group responsible for providing leadership and direction in federal geospatial programs.
"I am honored to be appointed to the National Geospatial Advisory Committee representing the state CIO community,” said Steven Emanuel, chief information officer, state of New Jersey.
The NGAC includes up to 30 members, selected to achieve a balanced representation of the varied...
NASCIO Supports Adoption of the NIST Cybersecurity Framework
February 12, 2014
LEXINGTON, Ky., Wednesday, February 12 — NASCIO applauds the Administration for publishing a consensus-based, voluntary Cybersecurity Framework. The Framework provides states with a common platform on which to base strategic security decisions, allocate resources, and build defenses against both common and sophisticated attacks. The Framework provides a common language for all levels of government and their partners in the private sector to perform risk analysis and detail their security efforts.
Today’s release is a critical step in a process the President began a year ago when he signed an Executive Order that brought federal leadership to a major vulnerability in our national security infrastructure. The inclusion of a methodology to protect privacy and personal information is also valuable for states, which are responsible for storing sensitive information on citizens and businesses. This addition is a welcome refinement to the final...
LEXINGTON, Ky., Thursday, February 6 — The National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) released an issue brief focusing on the state information technology (IT) procurement RFP process. The NASCIO Procurement Modernization Committee, in partnership with TechAmerica and the National Association of State Procurement Officials, continues to focus on state IT procurement reforms and highlight best practices at the state level. The brief, “Rethinking the Dynamics of the RFP Process for Improved IT Procurement” is the fourth in a series of recommendations set forth by this collaborative.
In NASCIO’s 2013 State CIO Survey, we asked CIOs to rate the effectiveness of the procurement process used by states in acquiring best value information technology (IT) goods and services in a timely manner. Almost two-thirds of CIOs believe their IT procurement process is either somewhat or very ineffective. One of the most frequently cited concerns...
WASHINGTON, D.C., Thursday, January 23 — The National Association of State Chief Information Officer’s (NASCIO) released its 2014 federal advocacy priorities today. NASCIO’s advocacy goals for 2014 include: collaborating with the federal government on cybersecurity to secure the public sector; building a nationwide public safety broadband network; pushing greater information sharing among government entities; and, implementation of grant guidance reform.
The 2014 Federal Advocacy Priorities are now available http://www.nascio.org/advocacy/current/.
NASCIO’s 2014 advocacy goals are supported by four key issues that must be addressed to succeed in these areas: maturing identity management, building the public sector IT workforce, promoting common data standards, and collaboration on broadband.
“Information Technology is a rapidly evolving field,” explained NASCIO...
NASCIO Endorses Data Privacy Day
January 14, 2014
LEXINGTON, Ky., Tuesday, January 14 — the National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) is joining the growing effort among international organizations, corporations, educational institutions, government entities and municipalities across the globe to promote privacy awareness. Data Privacy Day, observed annually on January 28, is an international effort to empower and educate people to protect their privacy and control their digital footprint.
NASCIO supports Data Privacy Day as a Champion, recognizing the principle that organizations, businesses and government all share the responsibility to be conscientious stewards of data by respecting privacy, safeguarding data and enabling trust. Data Privacy Day encourages Internet users to consider the privacy implications of their online actions and motivate all companies to make the protection of privacy and data a greater priority.
“Security, including the protection of data, was voted...
LEXINGTON, Ky., Thursday, December 12 — the National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) today released the first in a series of issue briefs on Enterprise Portfolio Management. The publication is now available at www.nascio.org/publications/.
State CIOs are managing a growing and diverse set of investments, services and collaborative arrangements. Enterprise portfolio management (EPM) is a discipline that provides the tools and best practices necessary for doing this proactively and successfully. EPM provides a view into the enterprise – not only projects, but also services, operations, programs and resources. EPM essentially turns enterprise architecture into action. EPM involves many portfolios. The first portfolio that drives the others is the portfolio of issues that identifies, scores and prioritizes the very issues we’re trying to solve through projects, programs, management...
LEXINGTON, Ky., Tuesday, November 26 — the National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) today released a guide on building a good state chief information officers (CIO)/legal counsel relationship.
On a daily basis, a number of situations may arise where a state chief information officer (CIO) and legal counsel need to work together. Procurement and contract negotiations, privacy, cybersecurity, personnel actions and litigation including e-discovery are just some of the issues for which having a good working relationship is mutually beneficial.
“In the fast paced and challenging world of state CIOs, it’s imperative they forge trusted relationships,” said Doug Robinson, NASCIO executive director. “The legal counsel can be a trusted ally to provide advice and address the inevitable bumps in the road.”
The NASCIO Legal Advisory Committee, with contributions from some veteran state CIOs and legal counsel...