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NASCIO Executive Committee Member Sills Appointed to U.S. Global Advisory Committee
April 15, 2014

LEXINGTON, Ky., Tuesday, April 15 – The National Association of State Chief Information Officer’s (NASCIO) is honored to announce that Jim Sills, NASCIO Executive Committee Director and Delaware Cabinet Secretary and CIO, was appointed to serve as the new NASCIO representative to the Global Justice Information Sharing Initiative (Global) Advisory Committee (GAC). Representing NASCIO, state CIOs have served on Global for more than a dozen years.

GAC operates under the support and leadership auspices of the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), Office of Justice Programs (OJP), U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ). Sills will serve alongside more than 30 independent organizations spanning the spectrum of justice- and public safety-interested constituencies. Member organizations participate in Global out of shared responsibility and a shared belief that, together, they can bring about positive change in interorganizational communication and data sharing.

Cloud Procurement: Before You Sign on the Dotted Line
April 3, 2014

The National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) has released an issue brief focusing on state cloud procurement. The NASCIO Procurement Modernization Committee, in partnership with TechAmerica and the National Association of State Procurement Officials, continue to focus on state IT procurement reforms and highlight best practices at the state level. The publication, “Capitals in the Clouds Part VI: Cloud Procurement: From Solicitation to Signing,” is now available at

As first reported in the NASCIO/TechAmerica/Grant Thornton 2013 State CIO Survey, The Enterprise Imperative: Leading Through Governance, Portfolio Management, and Collaboration, states continue to turn to cloud solutions, with services such as email and storage remaining the most popular. In fact, 74...

May we split the check please? Sharing Costs in Cross Jurisdictional Collaboratives
March 5, 2014

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  

“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...

NASCIO Member Appointed to U.S. Department of the Interior’s National Geospatial Advisory Committee
March 4, 2014

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...

NASCIO Addresses the State Procurement RFP Process Rethinking the Dynamics of the RFP Process for Improved IT Procurement
February 6, 2014

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...

NASCIO Releases Federal Priorities: Cybersecurity, FirstNet, and Collaboration on IT are Essential for States
January 23, 2014

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

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...


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