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State CIOs: Charting the Course during Uncertain Times
September 30, 2014

NASHVILLE, TN., September 30, 2014 – The National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO), TechAmerica, and Grant Thornton LLP today release the 2014 annual survey of state chief information officers (CIOs), Charting the Course: Leading Collaboration During Uncertain Times. As major changes continue to sweep through the state IT landscape, the fifth annual survey asked state CIOs to share their perspective on the status and future direction of the state CIO organization and the overall enterprise. While the survey covered a wide variety of topics, we asked CIOs to focus particularly on three main topics - the planning and oversight of critical projects, sourcing and the use of data as a strategic asset. These topics share a common theme in that they all require the CIO to establish priorities and to collaborate with stakeholders and multiple external organizations.

Last year’s survey identified how state CIOs are advancing their...

NASCIO Celebrates State Chief Information Security Officer’s with Jarrett Scholarship
September 30, 2014

Nashville, TN., Monday, September 29 — The National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO), awarded the Thomas M. Jarrett State Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) Scholarship to three deserving CISO’s during the 2014 Annual Conference in Nashville.

This is the second year for the scholarship program, which was created to pay homage to Thomas M. Jarrett, past president of NASCIO (2004 - 2005), for his passion for cybersecurity. The scholarship grants current CISO's the opportunity to attend the NASCIO Annual Conference.

The following individuals were selected to receive this year’s scholarship due to their dedication and leadership in cybersecurity:

Chris Letterman, Chief Security Officer, State of Alaska

"Chris Letterman took over the SSO in 2013 in the midst of a crisis,” said Jim Bates, CIO State of Alaska. “He has effectively, in that short time frame changed the...

NASCIO Recognizes Exceptional Contributions in State Government
September 30, 2014

Nashville, TN, Tuesday, September 30 —The National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) honored Mark Walker, Deputy Tax Commissioner/Chief Information Officer for the Ohio Department of Taxation and Dianna Anderson, Chief Data Officer for the Colorado Governor's Office of Information Technology with the association’s State Technology Innovator award. The awards were presented today during NASCIO’s 2014 Annual Conference in Nashville, TN.

During Mark’s leadership, he has worked diligently with his Tax business leaders, IT team and IT vendor in taking advantage of technology to enhance the agency’s mission and goals while expediting the process. This has not been easy; it has required intimate involvement of business leaders, changing the project leadership culture, teaming with vendors, and adopting the non-traditional Agile Scrum Delivery process.

"Mark Walker has been an outstanding change agent and proponent...

NASCIO Recognizes Outstanding Achievement in State Government Recipients Announced for 2014 NASCIO Recognition Awards
September 29, 2014

Nashville, TN., Monday, September 29 — Eleven exemplary initiatives were chosen as recipients for the National Association of State Chief Information Officers’ (NASCIO) 2014 Recognition Awards for Outstanding Achievement in the Field of Information Technology in State Government. This is NASCIO’s 26th consecutive year of honoring outstanding information technology achievements in the public sector. Recipients in NASCIO’s prestigious awards program will be honored during the NASCIO Annual Conference in Nashville.

“It has been a great privilege to co-chair the NASCIO Awards Committee,” said Michigan Department of Technology, Management and Budget Director David Behen. “The volume of quality submissions demonstrates the commitment to the utilization of technology to deliver government services and provide greater transparency throughout the country. While some will get trophies, it’s the citizens who really win with the...

NASCIO Champions National Cyber Security Awareness Month
September 18, 2014

LEXINGTON, Ky., Thursday, September 18 — Acknowledging the importance of protecting citizen data and raising awareness of security threats, the National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) endorses October 2014 as National Cyber Security Awareness Month. This October marks the 11th Anniversary of National Cyber Security Awareness Month and for this observance, NASCIO has updated its Resource Guide for State Cybersecurity Awareness, Education, and Training Initiatives. The Resource Guide is now available at www.nascio.org/publications/. Visit NASCIO’s Cybersecurity Awareness resource page to learn more www.nascio.org/advocacy/cybersecurity/.

“NASCIO is excited to kick off National Cyber Security Awareness Month at our 2014 Annual Conference this year in Nashville,” said Craig Orgeron, NASCIO president and Mississippi...

NASCIO is a Proud Supporter of Health IT Week
September 15, 2014

LEXINGTON, Ky., Monday, September 15 — This September, the National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) is joining approximately 400 public and private sector organizations to participate in the 9th Annual National Health IT Week (September 15-19, 2014). National Health IT Week 2014 offers all healthcare stakeholders an opportunity to unite under one banner, expressing the benefits that health information technology (IT) brings to U.S. healthcare. “One Voice, One Vision.”

Health information technology improves the quality of healthcare delivery, increases patient safety, decreases medical errors, and strengthens the interaction between patients and healthcare providers.

“Our participation in National Health IT Week 2014 underscores NASCIO’s commitment to ensure health information technology is integrated, interactive, interoperable, and intelligent to provide the best...

NASCIO Leadership Refreshes the Association’s Strategic Direction
September 9, 2014

LEXINGTON, Ky., Tuesday, September 9 — Top state information technology leaders for the National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) have selected to adopt a new strategic plan aimed to put a stronger emphasis on areas such as leadership and business innovation that are key factors in the evolving role that CIOs play as transformative government leaders.

“The NASCIO Executive Committee held a strategic planning session focused on the priorities and future vision of the association,” said Craig Orgeron, Ph.D., NASCIO president and Mississippi chief information officer and executive director. “The new strategic plan reinforces the association’s mission, vision, and guiding principles and strengthens NASCIO’s ability to support CIOs as state leaders and visionaries.”

NASCIO relies on its strategic plan to guide the development of the annual business plan and supporting performance measurement. Strategic...

National Cyber Security Awareness Month to Launch at 2014 NASCIO Annual Conference
September 3, 2014

Launch brings together IT leaders from state, local, federal
government and 
private industry

LEXINGTON, Ky., Wednesday, September 3 — The National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) announced today that National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) will kick off at the NASCIO Annual Conference on October 1 in Nashville, Tennessee. The program will feature remarks by White House Cyber Security advisor Michael Daniel; federal, state and local partners; and panel sessions featuring both the public and private sector.

In its 11th year, NCSAM is a collaborative effort between U.S. Department of Homeland Security and its public and private partners to raise awareness about the importance of cyber security and individual cyber hygiene. NASCIO will be joined by federal partners, the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA), the Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center...

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