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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 Visit NASCIO’s Cybersecurity Awareness resource page to learn more

“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...

NASCIO Recognizes Outstanding Achievements in State IT
August 19, 2014


NASCIO Recognizes Outstanding Achievements in State IT
Finalists Announced for 2014 NASCIO State IT Recognition Awards

LEXINGTON, Ky., Tuesday, August 19 — The National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) has selected 33 IT initiatives in 11 categories as finalists for the State IT Recognition Awards. This year’s high quality of nominations shows that states continue to innovate and achieve great results.

This is NASCIO’s 26th consecutive year of honoring outstanding information technology achievements in the public sector. Finalists in NASCIO’s prestigious awards program were recently announced and one initiative in each category will be recognized at NASCIO’s upcoming Annual Conference in Nashville. Projects and initiatives from NASCIO member states, territories, and the District of Columbia were eligible for nomination, and finalists were selected by NASCIO’s Awards...

Alliance Offers Insights into Transforming State Governments
July 9, 2014

Summit report offers insights into how to transform state governments
from the inside out

LEXINGTON, Ky., Wednesday, July 9 — Today, seven national associations of state government officials released a report focusing on how to transform state government operations based on a collaborative approach with other state officials. The goal is to transform state government operations to be more efficient, high-performing and responsive to citizens. The report summarizes a March 28, 2014 Summit on Transforming State Governments from the Inside Out, which was jointly sponsored by seven associations that comprise the Alliance to Transform State Government Operations (The Alliance).

Members of the Alliance are the Association of Government Accountants (AGA), the National Association of State Budget Officers (NASBO), National Association of State Auditors Comptrollers and Treasurers (NASACT), National Association of State Chief...

The States and FirstNet: An Early Look from the State CIOs
June 11, 2014

LEXINGTON, Ky., Wednesday, June 11 — When it comes to FirstNet, a nationwide high-speed wireless broadband network dedicated to public safety, state governments are taking divergent approaches to planning and varied strategies for engaging with federal and local partners according to a report released today by the National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO). The research report is based on the results of a survey of State CIOs that illustrates not only the ongoing planning around the network, but also the diverse approaches being employed by the states for engagement with local stakeholders, the federal FirstNet Authority, and even other states. It also shows a significant distribution in the maturity of state planning, ongoing outreach, and governance strategies. The report, The States and FirstNet: An Early Look from the State CIOs, is available at

"Building a...

States and Open Data: From Museum to Market Place – What’s next?
May 22, 2014

LEXINGTON, Ky., Thursday, May 22 — NASCIO takes a look at what has occurred across the states since NASCIO’s Call to Action on open data was released in 2009. Actually, the results are pretty outstanding. Open data initiatives are advancing at all levels of government in the United States and globally. States and local governments have partnered with industry to create innovative capabilities in delivering data to consumers. Those consumers include citizens and business but also government. This latest report examines progress in open data and presents recommendations for continuing to move forward. The report is available at

“Government data is in demand and a principle consumer of that data is government itself. Open data is many things and contributes to many goals within state government. One of the most significant outcomes we’re seeing is the sharing of data across...


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