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ABOUT NASCIO   |   Committee Volunteer Form

Member participation is critical to the success of NASCIO!

Every member is encouraged to get involved in committee activities for the 2010-2011 program year. Please complete the form below by Wednesday, October 20. The NASCIO staff member in charge of the specific group will contact you regarding the upcoming calls. If you have questions regarding the committee volunteer process, contact Shawn Vaughn at


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Select the committees or working group you are interested in below. You can click on the committee or working group name for additional information about the groups.

Enterprise Architecture and Governance Committee
(Open to all members)

Health Care Working Group
(Open to all members)

Security and Privacy Committee
(Open to all members)

State Digital Identity Working Group
(Open to all members)

Enterprise Architecture and Governance Committee

Description: Enterprise planning and architecture is intended to be a management discipline for establishing strategic intent for state government through appropriate governance and then ensuring that intent is achieved through organization, business processes, and technology. Proper governance provides the path to ensure effective strategic intent. Enterprise architecture provides the operating discipline to ensure traceability from strategic business intent to the necessary capabilities that enable that intent. This approach ensures that state initiatives are aligned with overall strategy and assists State CIOs in making sound decisions for managing information-related assets. NASCIO’s EA & G program is in place to assist State CIOs in effectively applying enterprise architecture discipline and best practices for evaluating, planning, and implementing projects, programs and management initiatives. NASCIO promotes enterprise architecture as the foundational approach for guiding the transformation of government.

Given this description of enterprise architecture, it must be understood that EA is a management approach that touches every aspect of state government. Building awareness and depth of knowledge among our member CIOs will greatly contribute to NASCIO’s goal to advance the State CIO as a key member of the leadership team. The CIO is enabled as a key strategist and business leader leveraging the discipline of EA in every policy decision impacting organization, business processes, investment, and citizen outcomes.

As in the past, the EA&G program committee will plan its initiatives to support and align with the NASCIO strategic plan, the top ten priorities established at the NASCIO Annual Conference, and the requirements of the grant funding that supports the program.

US Department of Justice Grant Summary
Grant Start Date: October 1, 2010
Period: 12 months
Funding: $400,000

Advance Information Sharing: Through specific deliverables working with the State CIOs, outreach and shared experiences, NASCIO intends to promote broader adoption of NIEM across all state government lines of business. The specific deliverable here is communications and outreach to promote NIEM.

Evaluate State Information Sharing Capabilities: The current baseline for information sharing, and the desired end state needs to be established. Baseline understanding and the maturity of collaborative information exchange will be assessed through surveying the states. The specific deliverable here is a survey, analysis of the results and publication of conclusions.

Education and Outreach to Promote Adoption and Implementation: This will entail delivery of issue briefs, presentations, online webinars or conference calls, conference panels, and management guides to provide technical assistance to state government in designing and implementing the components of data architecture and governance. The specific deliverables here are: four (4) issue briefs; four (4) national webinars / conference calls; participation in six (6) conferences; twelve (12) monthly best practices and innovation forums; updates to the NASCIO New CIO Orientation; three (3) state government technical assistance visits / conferences.


  1. Advance Information Sharing Across all State Government Lines of Business
  2. Expand Awareness and Adoption of NIEM across State Government in Support of Information Sharing
  3. Advance Information Sharing Across Jurisdictions
  4. Promote the Leveraging of Government National Best Practices Across Government
  5. Align Activities with the NASCIO Top Ten Priority Strategies, Management Processes and Solutions and NASCIO Top Ten Priority Technologies, Applications and Tools
  6. Align with Priorities of the US Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA)
  7. Maintain Agility in Responding to Changing Priorities

EA&G Program Focus Areas for 2009 – 2010

  • Governance
  • Facilitating Cross Boundary Information Sharing best practices, innovations, and case studies
  • Improving IT Governance
  • Data Sharing and Transparency
  • Shared Services
  • Cloud Computing

Health Care Working Group
Teri Takai, CIO, State of California
Lisa Feldner, CIO, State of North Dakota

Issue Statement: The Health Care Working Group will seek to examine the ways in which health IT initiatives, particularly state-driven health IT efforts, are developing and evolving. The renewed focus on technology in health care presents opportunities for state CIO’s to engage and support key state and national program objectives. The group will initially focus on tracking and analyzing current state health IT efforts, healthcare reforms and the CIOs involvement within them with an objective of preparing state CIO’s to support changes to existing technology and prepare for new initiatives in health care technology.

Background: The President signed into law the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) and the Health Care Education and Reconciliation Act of 2010 in March of 2010. Both of these bills, products of the health care reform agenda, have created new requirements and opportunities for the states in both the near-term and long-term.

As a result of these reforms, state and local health IT spending will increase by 19% by 2015 and it is imperative that the state CIOs have a clear understanding of the role they play in implementation of health care reform. A few of the major initiatives state CIOs will be responsible for implementing are state based Health Insurance Exchange (HIE) information technology systems by 2014, HIE eligibility systems, and updating or replacing legacy Medicaid eligibility systems due to the massive increase in enrollment. These initiatives provide an opportunity to integrate with existing state CIO priorities to ensure coordination across program areas.

In addition to PPACA, state and local health IT efforts will continue to benefit from the economic stimulus funding for community-based health care center modernizations and e-record systems, Medicaid management information systems, health information exchanges and record-locator services, public health systems and telehealth.

Goals and Objectives: This group will ensure that state CIO’s are updated on emerging state and national trends that state CIOs need to be aware of, including changing polices related to the PPACA and the standards, architecture, implementation strategies, privacy and security implications that are associated with new requirements. This working group will seek to advance the role of the state CIO in Health IT conversations in regards to policy, architecture, governance and standard setting.

The group will also maintain relationships with health information technology organizations such as the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS), National Governors Association's State Alliance for e-Health, National Academy of State Health Policy and the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Deliverables: The Health Care Reform Acts build upon the efforts of the ARRA by promoting the use and implementation of health information technology. Proposed deliverables: 2

  • Examination and analysis of the PPACA and Health Care Education and Reconciliation Act of 2010 will provide guidance to the CIOs. By identifying the implications of the legislation, NASCIO and its members will be better prepared for implementing IT solutions for exchanges, web portals and expanded program areas.
  • The group seeks to provide guidance to the CIO community through a national webinar on the IT implications of PPACA.
  • The working group will also focus its efforts on a call to action or white paper focused on the state CIOs role. This action list for state CIOs will lay the groundwork for state implementation plans and clarify the CIOs vital role in working with the stakeholder community. This document will not only be beneficial to the current CIO community, but also to future members of NASCIO who will be transitioning into new roles as a result of the 37 gubernatorial races this fall.

Security and Privacy Committee

Description: This committee's charge is to support NASCIO’s strategic objective of protecting the information technology infrastructure of the twenty-first century. To preserve government’s ability to serve citizens, State CIOs must help protect state IT systems and services, while preserving the privacy of personal and sensitive information within those systems. State governments meet this obligation in the context of the larger IT network that interconnects state, local, and federal systems and allows direct citizen interaction with government programs and services through the Internet. A major focus is integration and coordination of federal, state, local government and private sector efforts that further national cyber security agenda.

The committee focuses on the intersection between security and privacy to help State CIOs formulate high-level security and data protection policies and technical controls to secure the states information systems and protect the personal and sensitive information within them. The committee monitors new security and privacy threats created by emerging technologies, as well as federal privacy and security legislation for collateral impact on the states. The committee fulfills NASCIO’s goals of strengthening State CIOs awareness of important IT issues and promoting the sharing of best practices, experiences and expertise.

Potential topics and/or deliverables to be addressed in the program year include but are not limited to:

  • Cloud Computing – security implications of cloud computing
  • Virtualization – protecting virtualized applications and data
  • Security and Risk Management Standards and Frameworks
  • Web 2.0 / Social media security
  • Wireless network security
  • National Incident Response Plan
  • Promoting general IT security awareness and a better understanding of security requirements among the current IT workforce, state employees and contractors
  • Other topics as needed
  • All-state conference calls, webinars or briefing by IT security experts

State Digital Identity Working Group
Kenneth Boley, Director of Intergovernmental Initiatives, Office of Chief Technology Officer, D.C.

Issue Statement: Federal, state, local, and tribal governments currently issue numerous credentials to constituents for access to facilities or services based on a variety of endorsements. Many of the endorsements provide citizens with access to federally funded programs, but the issuance of credentials remains program-specific and has become a redundant process for many agencies and departments. Issuing a digital identity that has multi-platform credentialing options will result in improved efficiency and convenience for both users and issuers. To the extent such credential is honored by commercial entities, it will also improve efficiency and security of commercial transactions, including on-line transactions.

To reduce data breaches and identity theft, effective policies must enable trust across organizational, operational, physical, and network boundaries. The resulting framework will promote data security, privacy, and the high assurance authentication needed to secure information sharing and transparency in government. An interoperable, trusted approach to identity management will encourage a shift away from stove-piped applications to an enterprise view of identity that enables use without creating redundant sources that are difficult to protect and keep current. The desired outcomes from this activity are:

  • Education, information sharing and clear problem definition
  • Community discussion to identify state priorities for secure digital identity
  • Communication and stakeholder outreach, coordination and collaboration
  • Better understanding of current efforts to develop State Identity, Credential, and Access Management (SICAM)
  • Identification of working groups with defined goals and deliverables
  • Development of State CIO community digital identity framework recommendations

Purpose: The State Digital Identity Work Group will provide a consensus based forum that enables State Chief Information Officers (CIOs), Chief Information Security Officers (CISOs), Enterprise Architects and line of business stakeholders to collaborate on developing recommendations on federated identity management initiatives. This working group is intended to provide a framework for the key guidelines for program management and collaboration. The charter seeks to develop solutions for a sustainable and supportable model for use in identity, credentialing, and access efforts.

The State Digital Identity Working Group will provide states with architecture and implementation guidance that addresses existing identity asset management (IAM) concerns and issues they face daily. In addition to educational value, the working group seeks to support the enablement of systems, policies, and processes to facilitate business between the state and its business partners and constituents. The benefits associated with implementation of IAM are summarized below:

  • Elimination of redundancy, both through agency consolidation of processes and workflow and the provision of government-wide services to support IAM processes. This results in extensibility of the IT enterprise and reduction in the overall cost of security infrastructure.
  • Improved interoperability, specifically between agencies using their credentials along with other partners carrying interoperable or third-party credentials that meet the requirements of the federated trust framework. Additional benefits include minimizing the number of credentials requiring lifecycle management.
  • Increase in protection of personally identifiable information (PII) by consolidating and securing identity data, which is accomplished by locating identity data, improving access controls, proliferating use of encryption, and automating provisioning processes.
  • Increased security, which correlates directly to reduction in identity theft, data breaches, and trust violations. Specifically, IAM closes security gaps in the areas of user identification and authentication, encryption of sensitive data, and logging and auditing.
  • Compliance with laws, regulations, and standards as well as resolution of issues highlighted in GAO reports of agency progress.
  • Enhanced customer service, both within agencies and with their business partners and constituents. Facilitating secure, streamlined, and user-friendly transactions - including information sharing - translates directly into improved customer service scores, lower help desk costs, and increased consumer confidence in agency services.

NASCIO seeks to re-charter the State Digital Identity Working Group until June 30, 2011. The working group would optimize collaboration within the ecosystem of its membership, state government organizations, and other stakeholders. NASCIO will present a series of two (2) national conference calls/webinars that will focus on the best practices for managing digital identity and enterprise-wide project design. NASCIO will also host one (1) workshop that will provide the opportunity for experts and state practitioners to share ideas around an interoperable framework. Additionally, NASCIO will produce a guidance document, developed by a team of state experts, as well as other educational and awareness materials. These deliverables, which NASCIO sees as being an imperative to fostering stronger community education and support for a trusted identity framework, are further described as follows:

Multi-State Consortium
NASCIO will continue the SICAM Subgroup, a multi-state consortium of state experts drawn from the NASCIO State Digital Identity Working Group. The SICAM Subgroup will meet via conference call for collaborative meetings to develop the subgroup deliverable, a SICAM Roadmap for states to use as a compass and benchmark to track progress through the implementation of a federated trust network. This document will take the form of an e-publication and will be widely distributed as a state guidance document. It is fully expected that the SICAM Subgroup will have a finalized guidance document for the states prior to June 30, 2011.

Education and Awareness
The educational efforts would consist of policy guidance to states and other groups through webinars on state efforts, information sharing, and clear problem definition amongst the State CIOs. The webinars and conference participation would create a community discussion to identify state priorities for secure digital identity. In addition, the group would provide educational slide decks and information stressing the importance of digital identity in the states. As part of this educational effort, the working group will also provide common policy guidance. To achieve an interoperable, trusted identity framework, the working group will identify subgroups to address aspects of the framework and make recommendations for common policies to enable and support such a framework.

Collaborative Meetings amongst State Members and Strategic Partners
Workshop with attendees from the states, federal partners, and stakeholders will be delivered at or prior to the NASCIO Midyear Conference to discuss the subjects of digital identity, enterprise architecture, and project design. Collaborative meetings and collaboration may also exist with strategic partners such as AAMVA, MS-ISAC, NCSL, NGA, NAPHSIS, NASS, and other appropriate groups. The meetings would help garner community support and input for a federated trust network.

The group will continue to maintain the following relationships, but not limited to:
Federal Chief Information Officers Council, Office of Management and Budget, Department of Homeland Security, Health and Human Services (including the Office of the National Coordinator), American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators, Timed Text Working Group, United States Department of Agriculture, National Information Exchange Model Project Management Office, United States First Responders Association, National Association of Public Health Statistics and Information Systems, Liberty Alliance, All Hazards Consortium, and the American Public Health Services Association.

The following areas are outside of the scope of this charter:
Choice of specific vendors' hardware or software platforms and products and procurement thereof. In addition, the work group is only open to NASCIO state government and corporate members.

Meeting Schedule & Venue(s):
This working group will operate under a charter until June 30, 2011.
Meeting schedule is to be decided.


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