GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS & ADVOCACY | Current Advocacy IssuesAs a 501c (3) (h) nonprofit association, NASCIO's primary objective in the advocacy and policy arena is to provide policy-makers with insight and recommendations regarding the implications of technology-related legislation, regulations, policies and proposals.
NASCIO Advocacy Issues
- NASCIO response to the FirstNet public notice on its proposed interpretation of its authorizing legislation, the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012 (October 2014)
- NASCIO response to the the FirstNet Request for Information (RFI) on "comprehensive network solution(s)" (October 2014)
- NASCIO Comments on the NIST Cybersecurity Framework 1.0 in response to Request For Information on “Experience With the Framework for Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity.” (October)
- NASCIO Comments to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on their Report and Order and Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on modernization of the E-rate Program for Schools and Libraries (September 2014)
- NASCIO Letter Thanking Senate Appropriations Chair Mikulski (MD) and Ranking Member Shelby (AL) For Their Support of the National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace (NSTIC) Initiative (July 2014)
- NASCIO letter on Extending the A-87 Cost Allocation Exception to Promote Horizontal Integration of Health and Human Services (May 2014)
- Focused Comments from NASCIO to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on modernization of the E-rate Program for Schools
and Libraries (April 2014)
- NASCIO Statement of Support for Adoption of the NIST Cybersecurity Framework (February 2014)
- NASCIO 2014 Federal Advocacy Priorities (January 2014)
- NASCIO Comments on the Preliminary Cybersecurity Framework (December 2013)
- NASCIO President Craig Orgeron (MS) testimony on before the House Homeland Security Committee on “Cyber Incident Response: Bridging the Gap Between Cybersecurity and Emergency Management” (October 2013)
- NASCIO response to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) NPRM on modernization of the E-rate Program for Schools and Libraries (September 2013)
- NASCIO comments to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) on their Proposed Reform of Federal Grant Guidance (May 2013)
- NASCIO response to NIST Request for Information, "Developing a Framework to Improve Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity" (April 2013)
- NASCIO Response to NTIA's Request for Comments on Country Code Top-Level Domain (ccTLD) for the United States Policies and Requirements (March 2013)
- NASCIO Letter to Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano Regarding Cybersecurity (January 2013)
- NASCIO 2013 Federal Advocacy Priorities (January 2013)
- NASCIO Social Media Working Group Open Letter to Social Media Providers (October 2012)
- NCSL, ICMA, NASCIO, NASACT and NASBO Statement for the Record Before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee on Show Me the Money: Improving the Transparency of Federal Spending (July 2012)
- NASCIO Response to NTIA’s RFI on Development of the State and Local Implementation Grant Program for the Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network (June 2012)
- NASCIO and Partners Letter to Senators Reid and McConnell Regarding Cybersecurity Principles (May 2012)
- NASCIO and Partners Letter to Representatives Boehner and Pelosi Regarding Cybersecurity Principles (May 2012)
- NASCIO Comments on Reform of Federal Policies Relating to Grants and Cooperative Agreements (May 2012)
- Joint State Association Letter Regarding the DATA Act. (April 2012)
- NASCIO 2012 Advocacy Priorities (January 2012)
- NASCIO Comments on FCC NPRM on Implementing a Nationwide Broadband Interoperable Public Safety Network(May 2011)
- Joint NASCIO and NASTD Comments on the Universal Service Fund(May 2011)
- NASCIO Statement of Support for the National Information Exchange Model (NIEM) (April 2011)
- NASCIO Cybersecurity Call to Action (February 2011)
- NASCIO and MS-ISAC Joint Letter to FEMA Regarding Cyber Security Grant Program (August 2010)
- NASCIO Statement of Support for Assigning D Block to Public Safety (June 2010)
- Federal Regulatory Reform Needed to Support State IT Modernization Efforts (April 2009)
- Advancing Cyber Security in the States: Establish Pilot Program to Protect the Digital Infrastructure (April 2009)
- NASCIO Recommendations to President Obama's Technology, Innovation and Government Reform Policy Working Group (January 2009)
- NASCIO Call to Action: Modernizing and Securing the Digital Infrastructure of the States - 2009 Economic Recovery and Reinvestment Act (January 2009)
- Strengthening Cyber Security in the States: Providing Directive Grants to Address Critical Needs (April 2008)
- DTV Transition
- Strengthening National Cybersecurity
- Reforms in Federal IT Funding
Criteria for Action and AdvocacyAssociation policy follows the guiding principles outlined in the NASCIO's Strategic Plan (adopted July, 2012) which states that NASCIO will:
- be non-partisan,
- be ethical in its actions and relationships,
- foster policies that support the public trust,
- focus on multi-jurisdictional issues,
- promote open standards and best practices,
- promote strategic alignment of state business agendas and government technology investments,
- promote the CIO as the technology leader who drives innovation and transformation
General Policy Principles (adopted October 2012)
- Government information is an asset that must be held in trust and effectively managed.
- Government information at all levels should be leveraged and supported by coordinated, integrated solutions.
- Information solutions should facilitate government access, efficiency, and accountability to citizens.
- NASCIO encourages flexibility for states in implementing technology solutions per federal and state funding requirements.
- NASCIO discourages the creation of new stove-piped programs as well as unfunded federal mandates.
- Protecting the privacy and security of citizen information is a fiduciary responsibility of government.
- The public and private sectors should be active partners, where appropriate, in identifying and meeting citizen and government information needs.
The NASCIO membership approves policy objectives for NASCIO's federal advocacy efforts each year to guide the federal affairs activities and support the Washington D.C. Fly-In.
Staff contact: Doug Robinson, Executive Director
Phone: (859) 514-9153