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For immediate release: September 13, 2012
Meghan Penning

Why Should Governments Join Up? Why Now? What do we gain?

LEXINGTON, Ky., Thursday, September 13 — State revenues continue to lag 2008 levels as the demand for government services increase. Maintaining or increasing government service delivery in the current economic climate is challenging. Part of the answer, according to NASCIO’s latest issue brief on analytics, “Why Should Governments Join Up? Why Now? What do we gain?” is the formation of collaborative relationships across agencies and jurisdictions to share and, in some circumstances, consolidate investments. The brief is available at

State and local governments cannot afford to go it alone. Through collaborative governance structures, jurisdictions can pool funding, increase buying power, remove or reduce redundant investments in technology and make significant gains in the quality of service.

“We’ve been very pleased to partner with the Public Technology Institute (PTI) in an effort to explore what makes collaboration work,” said Doug Robinson, executive director for NASCIO. “NASCIO and PTI have a long history of working together in promoting best practices in areas as diverse as security, enterprise architecture, analytics, and governance. The demands we face require innovation and new thinking about how we deliver government services and this is just a start.”

“We have a number of initiatives underway related to state and local government collaboration,” said David Behen, co-chair for the NASCIO State and Local Collaboration working group and chief information officer for Michigan. “This report will be followed by a second report on best practices, the creation of a new NASCIO webpage devoted to promoting collaboration, and a panel session at the NASCIO 2012 Annual Conference in San Diego in October. There are a lot of smart people developing innovative collaboration solutions and joining up is the pattern for the future and it’s a process that is happening across the country.”

The National Association of State Chief Information Officers is the premier network and resource for state CIOs and a leading advocate for technology policy at all levels of government. NASCIO represents state chief information officers and information technology executives from the states, territories, and the District of Columbia. The primary state government members are senior officials who have executive level and statewide responsibility for information technology leadership. State officials who are involved in agency level information technology management may participate as state members. Representatives from other public sector and non-profit organizations may also participate as associate members. Private sector firms may join as corporate members and participate in the Corporate Leadership Council. For more information about NASCIO visit

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Shawn Vaughn
Membership and Communications Coordinator
National Association of State Chief Information Officers
(859) 514-9156  

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