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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 www.nascio.org/publications.

"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 www.nascio.org/publications.

“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...

McClure Honored with the NASCIO Technology Champion Award
May 8, 2014

LEXINGTON, Ky., Thursday, May 8, 2014 — The National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) has awarded David McClure, associate administrator, citizen services and innovative technologies, U.S. General Services Administration, with the association’s 2014 NASCIO Technology Champion (NTC) award. McClure received recognition for his outstanding contributions promoting government performance excellence through sound information technology solutions, policies and practice during the 2014 NASCIO Midyear Conference in Baltimore, Md.

“It is my honor to present Dave with NASCIO’s prestigious NTC award, said Craig Orgeron, NASCIO president and Mississippi CIO. “Each year NASCIO recognizes an individual who has demonstrated a clear understanding for the fundamental and transformational role that IT can play in efficient and effective government operations and Dave is more than deserving of this recognition.”

McClure has...

State CIOs Urge Collaboration on Cybersecurity and Broadband at NASCIO Fly-In
May 7, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. Wednesday, May 7, 2014 –Today NASCIO’s members told federal officials that there is a critical need to broaden and mature their efforts to secure public sector IT infrastructure, incentivize collaboration on broadband services for schools and libraries, and build upon initial engagement regarding the planned nationwide public safety broadband network known as FirstNet. Over 50 State CIOs and state technology policy officials participated in NASCIO’s 2014 D.C. Fly-In, meeting with federal officials and key stakeholders on national issues that impact state IT services.

NASCIO members discussed the need for state and federal authorities to continue mature collaborative efforts to defend public networks against hackers and other cyber threats. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Deputy Assistant Secretary Roberta “Bobbie” Stempfley and National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST) Acting Chief of the Computer Security...

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 http://www.nascio.org/publications/

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 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...

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