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Utah Chief Information Officer Mark VanOrden Featured in NASCIO State CIOs Make a Difference Campaign
May 28, 2015

LEXINGTON, Ky., May 28, 2015 – The National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) continues its State CIOs Make a Difference campaign by featuring State Chief Information Officer (CIO) Mark VanOrden and the Utah Department of Technology Services.

Over the next two weeks, NASCIO will profile the accomplishments and main areas of focus for Utah’s Department of Technology Services. The campaign will specifically highlight the success and cost savings of Utah’s portal – – which offers a variety of state government services online, including a mobile-first perspective for mobile device users and a number of mobile and web applications designed to provide Utah citizens with convenient access to state services and information. For more information on Utah’s work in this area, please see the information sheet provided.

“It is our goal in Utah to make it easier for our residents to interact with all...

NASCIO Releases Unmanned Aerial Systems, Governance and State CIOs: On the Radar
May 27, 2015

LEXINGTON, Ky., May 27, 2015 — The National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) released a policy brief on state government use of unmanned aerial systems (UAS) today. The paper focuses on the myriad ways UAS are deployed in state government and why state CIOs should be actively engaged in the governance and use of UAS.

“In NASCIO’s 2014 State CIO Survey, we asked state CIOs to characterize their role with respect to UAS in their state and 63.5 percent said they were not on their radar. We believe UAS should be on the radar of every state CIO, which is why we developed this policy brief,” explained NASCIO Executive Director Doug Robinson. 

The paper encourages state CIOs to focus on data standardization, privacy, safety, communications infrastructure and security issues when developing a governance model for UAS. The paper also encourages state CIOs to play an active role in the governance...

NASCIO Backpack Give Back at the 2015 Midyear Conference
May 14, 2015

120 backpacks filled with school supplies donated to Alexandria City Public Schools’ Family and Community Engagement Center

LEXINGTON, Ky., May 14, 2015 — State and corporate members of the National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) raised funds for backpacks and school supplies to benefit kindergarten students in Alexandria City Public Schools (ACPS) while attending the 2015 Midyear Conference in Alexandria, VA, April 26-29. NASCIO members stuffed 120 backpacks to be distributed to students through ACPS’s Family and Community Engagement (FACE) Center and raised an additional $1,000 in funds for the organization.

Each fall, many Alexandria students face the prospect of starting school without adequate supplies. "By coming together as a community, we can ensure all students have the basic tools to start the school year with confidence," said FACE Manager Krishna...
NASCIO Launches State CIOs Make a Difference Campaign
May 12, 2015
Jim Smith, Chief Information Officer for Maine, Recognized for Work in the Office of Information Technology
LEXINGTON, Ky, May 12, 2015 – Over the next two weeks, the National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) will feature the work and strategic direction of the office of information technology (OIT) for the state of Maine and state chief information officer (CIO) Jim Smith. Areas of focus include the OIT’s introduction of agile methodology to project development, risk management for cyber and disaster recovery, business process management to increase efficiency and transparency, as well as practices around workforce development in the state’s information technology fields.
“To build our foundation for the future, we need a very strong Project Management Office that works in partnership with our agencies, the right...
NASCIO Meets With FirstNet Regarding State Plans and Business Model
April 29, 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C., April 29, 2015  – Today NASCIO’s members met with the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) to discuss how states and FirstNet will proceed in planning and deploying a nationwide interoperable public safety broadband network.

NASCIO members expressed particular interest in looking at how state plans will be developed and presented to the states, as well as what the business model FirstNet chooses will mean for the sustainability of the network and potential impact to states as partners and customers.

“A positive and productive relationship between FirstNet and the states will be crucial for the viability of the network,” explained NASCIO Vice President and CIO for the state of New Mexico Darryl Ackley. “This is a tremendously large and ambitious undertaking; states and FirstNet need to be working towards unified goals with a common understanding of who has what responsibility.”


NASCIO Looks to Work With Federal CIO to Harmonize Agency Grant Rules
April 29, 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C., April 29, 2015 — Today members of the National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) met with Federal CIO Tony Scott to discuss opportunities to work together to identify potential updates to and harmonization of existing federal agency rules that impact states’ use of information technology. State CIOs discussed with Scott federal program requirements and directives imposed by federal agencies that have unintentionally hindered state government efforts to modernize service channels, integrate program delivery, and achieve better outcomes for its citizens at lower cost.

“State innovation is often derailed not only by technology rules that haven’t kept up with new IT business practices, but also inconsistent interpretation and application of them by federal agencies,” explained Stu Davis, president of NASCIO and CIO, state of Ohio. “We want to work with Mr. Scott and the federal...

NASCIO Pushes For Action on Cybersecurity; Endorses S. 1023
April 29, 2015

CIOs Commit to Working With Feds on Building Cyber Threat Information Sharing Network

WASHINGTON, D.C., April 29, 2015 — Today the National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) endorsed the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Credit Act (S 1023). The legislation, introduced by Senators Jerry Moran (R-KS) and Kristen Gillibrand (D-NY) provides federal tax credits to private industry that participates in cybersecurity Information Sharing and Analysis Organizations (ISAOs) and fusion centers.

NASCIO announced its support at the association’s 2015 D.C. Fly-In, where more than 50 state CIOs and state technology policy officials met with federal officials and key stakeholders on national issues that impact state IT services. During the event, NASCIO members sat down with officials from the White House, Congress, and individuals throughout the administration in an effort to highlight cybersecurity issues in the...

Governor Kasich Recognized as NASCIO Technology Champion
April 28, 2015

 ALEXANDRIA, Va., Tuesday, April 28, 2015 — The National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) has awarded Governor John Kasich, state of Ohio, with the association’s 2015 NASCIO Technology Champion (NTC) award. Kasich received recognition at the 2015 NASCIO Midyear Conference in Alexandria, Va. for his leadership in IT policy, initiatives, and practices.

“NASCIO is pleased to present Governor Kasich with the 2015 NTC award,” said Stu Davis, NASCIO president and Ohio CIO. “The Governor’s contributions to the state demonstrate his understanding of the importance of IT in enabling citizen service and effective government operations.”
Kasich has reached a number of key milestones during his tenure as Governor including significant cost savings through network consolidation and optimization and improving public safety by upgrading first responder communication...

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