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NASCIO's Technology Champion Award Nominations are Now Open

Nominations are now being accepted for NASCIO's Technology Champion Award, which recognizes outstanding contributions in the field of information technology in the public sector. Nominations are being accepted at through January 21.

Last year, NASCIO combined the National and State Technology Champion Awards into one award, which acknowledges innovators who promote excellence in both technology and good government, have a proven track record of sustained interest in and advocacy for IT in the public sector, and have demonstrated a broad-ranging impact beyond the recipient's jurisdiction or organization. More information, including award criteria, is available on NASCIO's website.

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Reflections of a Past President

Gopal Khanna departed his post as the chief information officer for the Minnesota Office of Enterprise Technology on December 15. He was appointed as the state's first chief information officer in 2005. Gopal has been an active member of NASCIO. During his volunteer services with the association, he held several positions on the Executive Committee including president 2008-2009, vice president 2007-2008, secretary-treasurer 2006-2007 and director 2005-2006. Gopal also served on two key annual committees, the Programs Committee and the Nominations Committee.

Before his departure, NASCIO Connections interviewed Gopal about his experiences:

What will you miss most about NASCIO?

Working with the terrific staff is one thing I will certainly miss. NASCIO staff does a marvelous job on behalf of all state CIOs, and the technology community at large. The association orchestrates conferences that provide a meaningful platform for substantive policy conversation around technology in government.

NASCIO serves as a knowledge library for the important issues of the day. CIOs across the country face many common challenges, and I will miss the conversations with my colleagues and the opportunity to learn from each other's successes and failures.

Serving as NASCIO president was a tremendous honor and gave me a chance to work with the federal government to explore cross-boundary collaboration opportunities. We were able to look at technology through a federal-state-local continuum, developing enterprise architecture and cyber security plans to more effectively use tax payer dollars.

What is your most memorable moment over the past years with the State of Minnesota?

There are so many moments I can look back on over the last five years with a sense of awe and wonder. I am so grateful for the chance to serve Governor Tim Pawlenty who was at the forefront of the reform agenda, instituting programs like the Drive to Excellence. Some of the most fulfilling and rewarding experiences of my tenure were collaborating with legislators on both sides of the aisle, working with technology leaders across the state to see so many good plans operationalized, and most recently, chairing the Commission on Service Innovation, which developed recommendations to further government innovation.

As we've built our technology program in Minnesota, we have endeavored to transcend the old focus on efficiency and help government leadership lay the framework which will further continual innovation and improvement in the government service delivery chain.

Please tell us about your future plans?

First and foremost, I want to spend some quality time with my family, and the holiday season will be a wonderful opportunity for us to catch up. I have been running at full throttle for five years now, and have been incredibly busy in recent months putting closure on important initiatives in Minnesota-data center consolidation, the enterprise agreement for cloud-based unified communications and collaboration services, the Commission on Service Innovation, etc.

As I look at myself, my expertise lies at the intersection of technology, business and government. Given that so much work needs to be done over the coming years to redesign and restructure government operations, I believe I will continue to make my contribution in this area from a leadership position in the private or public sector.

Click here to read more about Gopal's tenure with Minnesota.

NASCIO extends its gratitude to Gopal for his service to the association and wishes him the best in his future endeavors. Sara Schlauderaff will be acting chief information officer.

Help Plan the 2011 Midyear Conference

You have a voice in making NASCIO's 2011 conferences the best ever. NASCIO's Programs Committee is soliciting your suggestions for the 2011 Midyear Conference via the online "call for ideas." Dugan Petty, Programs Committee chair and NASCIO vice president, has charged the committee with devising a content mix that is fresh, timely and relevant for new state CIOs as a well as all NASCIO members.

If you have a unique idea or best practice to share, we want your input. Please click here to submit your suggestions, providing as much detail as possible to assist the Programs Committee. The deadline is Friday, January 7.

Contact Alison Keller at with questions.

NASCIO Welcomes New Team Member

Alison Keller has joined NASCIO as the programs coordinator. Alison comes to us after 13 years with Lexmark International working primarily in market research, brand management and marketing. Her most recent position with Lexmark was the worldwide marketing communications manager. Alison has a master's degree in international management from the American Graduate School of International Management and a bachelor's degree in business administration and Spanish from the Illinois Wesleyan University.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS for the 2011 NASCIO Midyear Conference

May 3-6, 2011 - Capital Hilton, Washington D.C.

Sponsorships will open on January 6 at 12:00 noon ET. Note: Certain sponsorships are limited in quantity and will be available on a first come, first served basis.

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Collaborative Forum Seek Volunteers

NASCIO is seeking volunteers to participate in four working groups for the Collaborative Forum, which are shared services; auditing; eligibility, data aggregation, analysis; and delivery/mechanisms. The Collaborative Forum is an open and transparent venue for state and local officials as well as federal and non-governmental stakeholders to come together for the purpose of providing and consulting on potential pilot projects to be funded by the Office of Management and Budgets Partnership Fund for Program Integrity Innovation. The working groups will review submitted concepts and proposals to possibly be considered for funding by the Partnership Fund. If you are interested, please contact Pam Walker at

NTIA Releases Overview of Grant Awards

NTIA has released a report that provides an overview of our Broadband Technology Opportunity Program (BTOP) awards, highlighting projects within each category of award (infrastructure, public computer center and sustainable broadband adoption programs) and the benefits to key stakeholder groups. The report is available on the NTIA website as well as on the BTOP blog.

Measure Passes Limiting Access to Social Security Numbers

The House passed legislation (S. 3789) that would limit access to individuals' social security account numbers in an effort to prevent identity theft. The bill prohibits federal, state and local agencies from displaying a person's social security number, or derivative of such number on any payment check issued by the agency. In addition, the bill prohibits federal, state and local agencies from employing prisoners that would give them access to others' social security numbers. The bill is expected to be signed into law by the president.

FCC Announces NOI for Next Generation 911

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Public Safety & Homeland Security Bureau notified NASCIO that it expects to release a Notice of Inquiry on the Next Generation 911 after approval by the FCC at its December 21 meeting. The bureau says that state CIOs should read and respond to this detailed notice.

House Approves Omnibus Spending Bill

On December 8, the House approved a $1.2 trillion long-term continuing resolution (H.R. 3802) by a vote of 212-206 to fund fiscal year 2011 for the federal government through next fall. The spending measure combines all 12 unfinished appropriations bills for FY 2011 at FY 2010 spending levels. The bill freezes federal spending, including federal employees' salaries except for members of the military. The measure contains no new earmarks for lawmakers. Additionally, the omnibus package includes $20 million for the National Telecommunications and Information Administration to provide oversight of broadband stimulus grants as well as a modest increase in funding for the FCC (fully paid for by additional fees charged to telecommunications companies) to keep up with rapidly changing technologies. The catch-all measure includes $550 million for Pres. Obama's "Race to the Top" education program, $5.7 billion for the Pell grant program and $3.1 billion for Veterans Administration medical operations. The catch-all spending measure now goes to the Senate for consideration, which has until midnight Saturday to pass the bill before funding for all government operations cease.

In the meantime, the Senate Appropriations Chairman Daniel Inouye, (D-HI) has introduced a $1.1 trillion omnibus spending measure despite opposition from several Republicans. The catchall measure contains $18 billion more than the long-term continuing resolution that the House passed with $8 billion in earmarks. The Senate leadership is expected to offer Inouye's omnibus as a substitute amendment to the House long-term spending measure. Many argue that the House approach to a long-term continuing resolution inhibits federal agencies and prevent them from planning well. The Senate will most likely take up the bill towards the end of the week after passing the tax extension legislation. Lawmakers are under pressure since the continuing resolution expired on Saturday, December 18.

Leadership for Key House Committees Announced

The House Republican Steering Committee named Rep. Hal Rogers (R-KY) as chair of the House Appropriations Committee and Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI) to chair the Energy and Commerce Committee. The Energy and Commerce Committee has oversight of telecommunications and technology issues. Rep. Henry Waxman (D-CA) will be the ranking member for the Democrats while Rep. Norm Dicks (D-WA) has been named chair of the House Appropriations Committee. However, the chair and ranking member of the Communications, Technology and the Internet Subcommittee has yet to be named.

FCC Launches New Website to Assist Public Safety With Narrowbanding

The FCC has launched a new website dedicated to assist jurisdictions in meeting the January 1, 2013, narrowband compliance deadline for reducing the spectrum used by public safety radio communications. Migration of these systems to narrowband operation is to help reduce spectrum congestion, improve communications, and increase access to spectrum for users. Estimates suggest that only 30 percent of jurisdictions nationwide have transitioned to new systems thus far. Failure to meet the narrowband deadline may result in interference for first responders' voice communications, and after January 1, 2013, licensees not operating at 12.5 KHz efficiency will be in violation of the commission's rules and could be subject to FCC enforcement action, which may include admonishment, monetary fines, or loss of license. To get more information, visit the FCC website at

OMB Release IT Reform

On December 9, the Office of Management and Budget released a 25-point IT implementation reform plan including setting an 18-month deadline for underperforming projects to either turnaround or be terminated. The proposal also contains a "cloud first" policy aimed at taking advantage of potential cost savings from delivering hosted services over the Internet. OMB is calling on agencies to identify three services that can be moved to the cloud, with one of those services to be moved within 12 months and the remaining two within 18 months. In addition, OMB is proposing to give CIOs authority over agency budgets for commodity technology, such as e-mail, storage and infrastructure. To read the plan, click here.

NASCIO will have an all-states conference call with Federal CIO Vivek Kundra on Friday, November 17, at 3:30 pm Eastern. The purpose of the call is to discuss the impact of this 25-point IT implementation reform plan on states.

Cardin Offers Cybersecurity Measure

On December 9, Sen. Benjamin Cardin (D-MD) introduced the Internet and Cybersecurity Safety Standards Act (S. 4021) that would reduce the ability of terrorists, spies, criminals and other malicious actors to compromise, disrupt, damage and destroy computer networks, critical infrastructure and key resources. S. 4021 would require the development of minimum cybersecurity standards to protect Americans from cyber crime and terrorism. The bill would also require the federal government and the private sector to work together to develop minimum Internet and cybersecurity safety standards for users of computers and other devices that connect to the Internet. Senator Cardin plans to reintroduce the bill when the 112th Congress convenes in January. To read S. 4021, click here.

SHARED IDEAS: CLC Thoughts on Leveraging IT in a Tough Economy

Visit the online best practice library to view ideas and successes related to budget and cost control. This library was created by the Corporate Leadership Council (CLC) to provide assistance to new CIOs as well as veteran CIOs who may be looking for additional ways to meet business and service level goals while also dealing with the realities of continued budget constraints and cost controls. The library is available at

Corporate members: Is your company missing? It's not too late to submit your ideas.

NASCIO In The News

CIO Transitions

Hawaii: Russ Saito has left his position as the state comptroller for the state. Effective December 6, Bruce Coppa is serving as the interim state comptroller.

Minnesota: NASCIO's past president Gopal Khanna served his last day as the chief information officer for the state of Minnesota on December 15.

Nevada: Dan Stockwell, director and chief information officer, retired December 10 after 47 years in the information technology field. Click here to read the official announcement from Gov. Jim Gibbons. David Gustafson has been named as the acting director.

South Dakota: Otto Doll, South Dakota chief information officer, will not be retained by Governor-elect Dennis Daugaard's administration. Doll has been a longtime member of NASCIO, holding the second longest tenure as state CIO. Doll has served on numerous committees, including the Executive Committee, and was the recipient of the Meritorious Service Award in 2005.

Wisconsin: Oskar Anderson left his position as Wisconsin state chief information officer on November 24; however, he remains in state service and is working for Wisconsin's Department of Health Services. Diane Kohn has been appointed as the acting chief information officer.

Members In The News


Adel Ebeid, New Jersey CTO, looks to bring legacy systems into the 21st century.

New Members

We would like to welcome our newest member, the City of San Marcos, Texas.

Committee & Work Group Updates

The Corporate Leadership Council is planning to gather for a Face-2-Face meeting in Washington, D.C. on February 25 from 1:00 - 5:00 pm at the Hall of States. More details to come! Contact Shawn Vaughn with questions at

Mark your calendar corporate members. NASBO director, Scott Pattison, will present the Fiscal Survey of the States on the January 19 Corporate Leadership Council call at 3:00 pm ET.

The Enterprise Architecture and Governance Committee is looking for ideas for 2011 Innovations Forums. Please forward your ideas to Eric Sweden at

The Health Care Working Group has started collaborative discussions around forming consensus for a whitepaper topic that will provide guidance to the state COOs on the Affordable Care Acts. Concerns that have been addressed by the working group members include the health insurance exchanges, updating MMIS systems, eligibility, enrollment and sustainability. The working group also plans to develop a timeline for implementation dates for IT segments of the Affordable Care Acts.

The Security and Privacy Committee will continue on the third Tuesday of each month at 1:00 pm ET. A presentation on the Consensus Audit Guidelines security framework by John Gilligan is planned for the December 21 call.

The NASCIO Executive Committee re-chartered the Social Media and Government Working Group as a forum. The basic purpose of the forum is to establish a venue where participants can continue discussion of social media issues, topics, and best practices identified in the social media survey brief, Friends, Followers, and Feeds, issued in September. Topics may include policies, strategic planning, records management and open records, social media aggregation and integration, accessibility, legal issues and security as these pertain to social media adoption and use by state and local agencies. A call for participants has already been issued, but interested state members still have time to indicate interest by emailing Shawn Vaughn at The first call of the forum is scheduled for December 20 at 2:00 pm ET.

The NASCIO Social Media legal team's terms of service discussions with Facebook and YouTube have continued. As reported last month, the legal team has coordinated with the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG) Facebook Task Force to establish a common approach to addressing the legal issues associated with standard TOS elements. In the last two weeks, both groups have been polled on language agreeable to Facebook legal representatives that may be offered to state and local governments, and which we believe would resolve some of the key legal sticking points that make the standard terms of service unacceptable for many state governments. The group's discussion with YouTube has been delayed, but comparable language has been suggested to its staff, and we are waiting on some response from legal contacts there.

The State Connectivity and Broadband Workgroup issued a brief survey of state CIOs to determine the broadband topic areas that are of greatest concern. The top three priorities identified by CIOs were public safety 700 MHZ network (D Block), reclassification of broadband as a Title II telecom service, and rural versus urban priorities for broadband. These priorities will be the focus of the re-chartered workgroup. We anticipate monthly meetings will begin in January.

The State Digital Identity Working Group continues development of the State Identity, Credentialing and Access Management (SICAM) document and recently released a draft to the entire working group for review. In addition, the working group has began to look at standards for digital identity and some of the use cases states have for identity management solutions. The group also continues to track progress on the National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace (NSTIC). The current draft of NSTIC has the goals to reduce cyber security vulnerabilities and improve online privacy protections through the use of trusted digital identities. A finalized document is expected within the next few months along with implementation guidance. NASCIO will continue to harmonize with federal efforts and seek to develop active collaboration and pilots with federal agencies.

NASCIO: Making Connections

Eric Sweden, NASCIO senior enterprise architect, participated on the National Governors Association Justice Reference Architecture (JRA) for Service Oriented Architecture Policy Academy faculty teleconference call on December 10. Missouri, Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Tennessee provided updates on their progress in implementing government services using the JRA for SOA. .

Doug Robinson, NASCIO executive director, and Chad Kirkpatrick, Arizona state chief information officers, participated as panelists in the National Conference of State Legislatures' Fall Forum, December 9-10 in Phoenix.

Sweden attended the NIEM Outreach and Communications Committee meeting, December 8-9 in Washington, D.C. The committee is planning the 2011 National Training Event for NIEM, to be held next August in Philadelphia. Stay tuned for more details in January.

Sweden also participated in the 2010 Bureau of Justice Assistance Annual Conference, held December 6-8 in Washington, D.C. The theme was "Advancing Justice through Evidence and Innovation." The agenda can be viewed at

Robinson attended the National League of Cities Conference, December 1 in Denver.

Robinson spoke at the California IT Leadership Academy, November 29-30 in Sacramento, Calif.

Kyle Schafer, NASCIO president and West Virginia CTO, Steve Fletcher, NASCIO past president and Utah CIO and Robinson was in attendance and provided a state of the states briefing at the Government Accountability Office briefing November 16-19 in Washington, D.C.

Schafer recently attended the Federal CIO meeting. This is a council of the CIOs for all the federal agencies, and NASCIO has been included to share state CIO initiatives and priorities.

NASCIO director of government affairs Pam Walker, Fletcher and Robinson attended the Governing Public Official of the Year dinner November 18 in Washington, D.C.

Mark Your Calendar

Upcoming Committee Calls

  • Social Media Forum - Monday, December 20, at 2:00 pm ET
  • Security and Privacy Committee - Tuesday, December 21, at 1:00 pm ET
  • Executive Committee - Thursday, January 6, at 2:00 pm ET
  • Programs Committee - Tuesday, January 11, at 3:30 pm ET
  • State Digital Identity Working Group - Wednesday, January 12, at 4:00 pm ET
  • Enterprise Architecture and Governance Committee - Thursday, January 13, 2:00 pm ET
  • Corporate Leadership Council - January 19, at 3:00 pm ET
  • Health Care Working Group - Thursday, January 20, at 4:00 pm ET

Corporate Member Partner Profiles

Each month, NASCIO will randomly draw three corporate members to be featured in the monthly newsletter. To view a complete list of NASCIO's corporate partners, click here.


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IJIS Institute Winter 2011 Industry Briefing
January 6-7, 2011 - Washington, D.C.

National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL)
January 21-24, 2011 - Washington, D.C.

Governing Outlook in the States and Localities
February 2-3, 2011 - Washington, D.C.

National Governors Association (NGA) Winter Meeting
February 26-28, 2011 - Washington, D.C.

National Association of Counties (NACo) Legislative Conference
March 5-9, 2011 - Washington, D.C.

National Association of State Procurement Officials (NASPO) Marketing Meeting
April 3-5, 2011 - Boston, Mass.

National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) Spring Forum and Meeting of the Standing Committees
April 14-16, 2011 - Washington, D.C.

National Association of State Budget Officers (NASBO) Spring Meeting
April 28-30, 2011 - Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) Spring Executive Committee Meeting
May 5-7, 2011 - Boston, Mass.

National Association of State Budget Officers (NASBO) Spring Executive Committee Meeting
May 5-7, 2011 - Boston, Mass.

National Association of Counties (NACo) Western Interstate Region Conference
May 18-20, 2011 - Wenatchee, Wash.

12th Annual International Conference on Digital Government Research
June 12-15, 2011 - University of Maryland College Park, Md.
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National Association of Counties (NACo) Annual Conference & Exposition
July 15-19, 2011 - Portland, Ore.

National Governors Association (NGA) Annual Meetings
July 15-17, 2011 - Salt Lake City, Utah

National Association of State Budget Officers (NASBO) Annual Meeting
August 7-11, 2011 - St. George, Utah

National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) Legislative Summit
August 8-11, 2011 - San Antonio, Texas

National Association of State Budget Officers (NASBO) Fall Meeting
October 13-15, 2011 - Arlington, Va.