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NIEM Assessment Report Released

The Federal CIO Council recently released a report on the current level of adoption of the National Information Exchange Model by federal agencies - The Adoption and Use of the National Information Exchange Model (NIEM). This report is available at

Honor State Government IT Innovation - Apply for a NASCIO Recognition Award

Now through June 1, NASCIO is accepting nominations for its prestigious Recognition Awards for Outstanding Achievement in the Field of Information Technology in State Government. The awards are an annual opportunity to acknowledge the best in state government IT innovation, as judged by an expert panel of peers. Last year, more than 120 applications were received. For complete details or to submit a nomination, visit Contact Alison Keller with questions at (859) 514-9167 or

NASCIO's state recognition awards will be presented during the 2011 NASCIO Annual Conference in Denver, Colorado. Recognition is provided in the following categories:

  • Cross-Boundary Collaboration and Partnerships
  • Data, Information and Knowledge Management
  • Digital Government: Government to Business
  • Digital Government: Government to Citizen
  • Enterprise IT Management Initiatives
  • Fast Track Solutions
  • Improving State Operations
  • Information Communications Technology (ICT) Innovations
  • Open Government Initiatives
  • Risk Management Initiatives

NASCIO Issues Statement of Support for the National Information Exchange Model

NASCIO has issued a policy statement of support recommending participation and adoption of the National Information Exchange Model (NIEM). NIEM is essentially a community that provides a broad range of products and capabilities for enabling information sharing. In conjunction, NASCIO announces the release of its guidance document, “A Call to Action: Information Exchange Strategies for Effective State Government.” NASCIO published this report to provide state CIOs with background, guidance and recommendations in support of state government adoption of NIEM to achieve effectiveness in government through collaborative information sharing. The recommendations describe early steps that state CIOs can take to get started with NIEM. The Call to Action is available at and the Statement of Support can be found at

State Members: May 3 is Your Day

NASCIO's upcoming Midyear Conference will feature a full day of content for state members only, Tuesday, May 3. Don't miss the chance to learn key lessons on leadership in the public sector at the New State CIO Workshop (10:30 am - 12:30 pm, open to all state members), participate in key topic roundtables at the State Member Lunch and Discussion Forum (12:45-3 pm), engage in policy issues at the State Member Business Meeting (3:30-5 pm) and bond with counterparts at the private State Member Networking Reception (5-6 pm). All of these events are exclusively for state members. Please plan your conference travel accordingly.

State CIOs to Increase Contacts and Policy Awareness at NASCIO's D.C. Fly-In

The NASCIO D.C. Fly-In is May 4 and registered participants will experience a fresh format and special opportunity to network with federal counterparts. This year, for the first time, the Fly-In will include a roundtable meeting of state and federal CIOs. The two-hour meeting will be hosted by Vivek Kundra, federal CTO, at the White House conference center, and will include briefings from senior officials in the Obama Administration. The remainder of the Fly-In schedule will be focused on briefings from strategic partners and Hill staff, with a select few visits to the Hill to deliver NASCIO key policy messages.

The Fly-In is open to state CIOs, state policy leaders or their designated proxy only. You must have pre-registered to participate. Contact Pam Walker at or (202) 624-8477 if you have any questions.

The Fly-In, which is incorporated into the Midyear Conference, is a key part of NASCIO's advocacy and government affairs outreach, designed to establish and strengthen relationships at the federal and strategic partner level. The Fly-In provides an opportunity to reinforce recognition of NASCIO as the primary resource for policy makers on state information technology policy and implementation.

NASCIO's goal is to deliver the association's collective message on priority policy issues such as cyber security, IT funding reform, information sharing, health care IT, privacy and telecommunications reform. Briefings will allow members to learn what policymakers and strategic partners are thinking regarding critical IT issues. For more information and the general Fly-In schedule, visit

Midyear Conference Sponsors Provide a Wealth of Resources to State Members

Visit the Midyear Conference Sponsor Resource Center to view the latest research and thought leadership from NASCIO's Midyear Conference sponsors. Simply click on a sponsor logo to see what that company is presenting, or look up information by topic. The resource center is easily searchable by keyword, so you can find exactly the right information. NASCIO would like to thank our sponsors for their continued support.

Not joining us in Washington, D.C.? Follow the conference on Twitter by using the hashtag #NASCIO11M. Also be on the lookout for conference materials and presentations to be uploaded to our website shortly following the conference.

NASCIO 2011 Annual Conference Plans include State-Local Government Networking

NASCIO Annual Conference planning is already underway. We will gather October 2-5 in Denver, Colorado, at the Hyatt Regency. Sponsorships will open mid-summer, shortly following the conclusion of the Midyear Conference. New this year, NASCIO and the Public Technology Institute are planning some co-located events at the Annual Conference to enhance state and local government information sharing. Tentative plans call for PTI attendees to join us for our welcome reception on Sunday, October 2, and for a joint session the morning of Tuesday, October 4. Stay tuned for additional information.

Opportunity to Showcase Your CEO's Leadership and Expertise at the NASCIO 2011 Annual Conference

Corporate members, here is the opportunity for your CEO to participate in the NASCIO Corporate VIP Panel at the Annual Conference. NASCIO is seeking three CEOs to participate on a panel entitled, "The CEO-CIO Relationship: Does the CIO Matter?"

Does your CEO have a vision for the CIO's role? Read more to find out if your CEO would be a good candidate.

As organizations and roles change, NASCIO would like to gain insights from CEOs regarding the current and future role of the CIO. Among the questions to answer: Is the CIO focusing on items among your top priorities and, if not, what should be his/her focus? What CIO-identified projects do you view as vital, and which are not? On which emerging trends and opportunities should the CIO focus? The takeaway for CIOs from the panel should be ideas on how to optimize their role for future relevance and success.

Submission Guidelines

  • Include 500 word submission with:
    • Concepts and ideas your CEO will bring to the discussion
    • Why the committee should select your CEO
    • Your CEO's unique perspective
  • Submit brief bio of CEO
  • Send responses to by May 10, 2011

Additional Requirements
The CEO must be available to be in Denver, Colorado, at the Hyatt Regency on Tuesday morning, October 4, 2011. Please ensure that the CEO's calendar is open at this time before submitting his/her name.


  • Any NASCIO corporate member in good standing is eligible to submit a response to this solicitation. However, only one response per company will be accepted and it must come directly from the company's primary NASCIO contact.
  • This solicitation is for corporate CEOs specifically. If you would like to suggest a speaker who holds a different title within your company, include an explanation of why they should be considered for this panel instead of the CEO.
  • There are NO SUBSTITUTIONS. The Programs Committee will be selecting a specific person to participate on the panel. If your candidate is selected to speak and subsequently becomes unable to participate at the conference, an alternate speaker from the same company may not be substituted.

Selection Process
A subgroup of the Programs Committee, made up exclusively of state members, will be reviewing corporate member offers to participate in this session and will select the three final speakers for this panel.

NASCIO Partners with Healthcare IT Connect

NASCIO is partnering with the Healthcare IT Connect, and state CIOs will receive complimentary registration for the 2011 State Healthcare IT Connect Summit. The summit will be held June 21-23 in Dulles, Va. Visit the following link to register your state's two complimentary attendees. Use the abbreviation of your state as the discount code.

View full agenda - If you have any questions, please contact Chad Grant, NASCIO policy analyst, (859) 514-9148 or or Rob Waters, vice president of development with Healthcare IT Connect, (646) 873-8809 or

Corporate members are eligible to receive a 30% discount for registration. Use the discount code NASCIOVEN.

Best of NIEM Awards Nomination now open

A grassroots initiative, NIEM was born as a best practice developed by a handful of state and local practitioners. Today, NIEM has adoption across all 50 states and is on the verge of international adoption. The broad community has some great NIEM success stories because of the hard work of its members.

Do you, your team or organization represent the "best of NIEM"? If so, be sure to read the guidelines and submit by June 7, 2011. Award criteria, eligibility, nomination form, and other important details can be found at:

In 2009, the NIEM program recognized five awardees that served or processed over 16 million transactions per year. They had complex environments with legacy systems and used innovative new technologies, integrating data across hundreds of data sources. Each project included collaboration across at least five agencies or teams and their challenges were not small, or easy, and yet they rose to the challenge eagerly.

  • US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Enterprise Service Bus Team
  • New York City HHS-Connect Program
  • Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Disaster Assistance Improvement Program
  • Colorado Integrated Criminal Justice Information System
  • Paragon Technology Group for the development of the EOC-I, Emergency Operations Center - Interconnectivity

Honoree benefits include:

  • Bragging rights and recognition
  • Exposure on the special awards page on
  • Receive an award in front of your peers at the NIEM 2011 National Training Event, August 23-25 in Philadelphia, Pa.

Watch on Washington

Cybersecurity Legislation Circulating

The White House released a proposal on cybersecurity legislation that will strengthen the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) role and authority in protecting computer networks, increasing criminal penalties for cybercrime and establishing a national standard for data breaches notification. The draft is currently in circulation among executive branch agencies for comments. Hill staff is uncertain when the White House will submit their proposal to Congress.

According to reports, DHS will likely identify the most vital computer networks and specify what risks need to be addressed through rulemaking. With 85 percent of critical infrastructure owned by the private sector, they would develop their own plans to mitigate risks, which the agency would review. In addition, the proposal contains a national data breach standard that would require companies to report the intrusion not only to consumers but also to the government. This would replace the 47 individual state data breach notification requirements.

Congressional staff has told NASCIO that the proposal is similar to Senate cyber legislation (S. 413), which was developed by the merging of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation and the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs bill. Staff told us that a majority of the remaining issues in the Senate's legislation has been worked out and the bill is with the Senate Majority and Minority Leaders, Reid (D-NV) and McConnell (R-KY). The Senate is still awaiting input from other committees and the White House.

NASCIO state members will receive a briefing during our D.C. Fly-In from House and Senate staff on the latest with legislation cybersecurity and how states will play a role.

HHS Announces Regulations to Increase Medicaid Flexibility for States

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced multiple initiatives to give states greater flexibility in managing Medicaid. HHS released rules that would increase the matching rate from 50 percent to 90 percent for states to improve their information technology systems for the management of the Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) enrollment process. The rule also would allow for an indefinite 75 percent match for ongoing maintenance of these systems; however, states must meet certain performance standards and conditions to receive these funds. To read the announcement, visit

Bipartisan Data Privacy Bills Introduced

Senators John Kerry (D-Mass.) and John McCain (R-Ariz.) introduced the Commercial Privacy Bill of Rights Act of 2011. This bill would require firms that collect and use data to provide transparent notice about their collection practices if they gather data on 5,000 or more persons per year (S. 799). The bill would preempt state laws governing those firms and their collection practices would be covered by the bill, but would not preempt state laws covering the collection of health or financial data, acts of fraud, or data breach notifications. The bill would also allow individuals to opt-out of data collection, data transfer to third parties for behavioral advertising and to provide opt-in consent for collection of personally identifiable information.

Representatives Cliff Stearns (R-Fla.) and Jim Matheson (D-Utah) introduced the Consumer Privacy Protection Act of 2011 that would require covered firms to provide consumers with notification of how their personal information is used and any changes to the firm's policy. The legislation would preempt state privacy laws without exception.

Several bills were introduced during this first session of the 112th Congress regarding use of consumer data. With recent news about smart phones collecting consumers' locations as well as large data breaches with companies such as Epsilon, expect to see more congressional oversight and hearings.

NASCIO In The News

New Members

We would like to welcome our newest members to NASCIO:
ActivIdentity (Corporate Member)
Sourcing Advisory Services (Corporate Member)
Virtual Computing Environment Company (VCE) (Corporate Member)

Members In The News


Ed Cruz, CIO
    Plan for Health Information Approved


Jerry Fralick, CIO
    IT Outsourcing and Consolidation Could Save North Carolina Millions


Alex Pettit, CIO
    Will Oklahoma Save $146 Million in IT Consolidation?


Kyle Schafer, CTO and NASCIO President
    State CIOs Interested in Federal IT Project Management Tools     White House Releases IT Dashboard Code for Fixes     White House Releases IT Dashboard as Open Source Code

Committee & Work Group Updates

The Enterprise Architecture and Governance Committee is pleased to announce two new co-chairs for the committee, Carolyn Parnell, Minnesota CIO, and David Behen, Michigan CIO.

The Health Care Working Group completed a draft action list for state CIOs and the anticipated release date is mid-May. The release will provide a comprehensive guide to navigate the Affordable Care Act. The April working group call included guest speaker Brian Webb from the National Association of Insurance Commissioners.

The Security and Privacy Committee continues to focus on identification and analysis of key security services that state government needs to provide or acquire to ensure the protection and integrity of states' data resources and networks. Additionally, the committee is monitoring the development and progress of federal legislation in the area of cyber security and privacy.

The Social Media Forum continues to examine social media topics of interest to state members. Additionally, a NASCIO legal subgroup continues terms of service discussions with social media providers. Discussions with YouTube are the current focus.

The State Connectivity and Broadband Working Group discussed two Federal Communications Commission notices of proposed rulemaking (NPRMs), one relating to the nationwide interoperable public safety network, and a second to universal service fund (USF) reform. Formal comments were submitted to both NPRMs in April. Copies of the NASCIO comments have been posted to the workgroup wiki, and will be available on the NASCIO website. The USF reform response was co-submitted with the National Association of State Technology Directors.

The State Digital Identity Working Group hosted an informative PIV-I webinar on March 17 with the Smart Card Alliance Identity and Physical Access Councils. The working group continues to harmonize with federal efforts and develop a roadmap for State Identity, Credential and Access Management (SICAM). The Tech America ID Management Committee has expressed interest in the SICAM development and NASCIO provided an overview during their March 22 meeting. The event has been archived for both corporate and state members at the following link:

NASCIO: Making Connections

On April 15, NASCIO director of government affairs, Pam Walker, represented NASCIO at the release ceremony for the White House’s National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace (NSTIC) held at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in Washington, D.C.

Pam Walker spoke on a panel session at the at the NSCL Spring Forum program Cybersecurity: Potential for a Perfect Storm in Washington, D.C. on April 15. This issue forum was sponsored by the NCSL Communications, Financial Services and Interstate Commerce (CFI) Committee. See the following link for more details,122,919#919.

Representing NASCIO, Doug Robinson, executive director and Eric Sweden, senior enterprise architect, attended the 2011 Global Justice Advisory Committee meeting on April 19-20 in Washington, D.C. Robinson participated on a panel discussing cloud computing for justice and public safety information sharing.

Doug Robinson was the keynote speaker at the Maryland DOT Emerging Technologies Day event on April 20 in Annapolis Junction, MD.

Ken Boley, former co-chair for the State Digital Identity Working Group, attended the ISC West Conference on behalf of NASCIO. The April 7 session covered "Personal Identity Verification (PIV) Identity Cards: Secure Identity Credentials in State and Corporate Enterprises," and introduced the benefits of authentication function and the need for validation credentials in state enterprises.

Chad Grant, NASCIO policy analyst, recently presented "State IT Workforce: Under Pressure" and "Trends in Government Use of Social Media" to the National Association of State Personnel Executives. The April 20 presentation and discussion on the state government IT workforce featured an overview of State IT Workforce: Under Pressure, a January 2011 publication by NASCIO. The presentation also included key state government information technology issues, including trends in government's use of social media, featuring recent research by Jerry Mechling, research vice president with Gartner. The archived webinar is available at

NASCIO staff members Charles Robb and Pam Walker will be attending a planning session with staff from the Department of Homeland Security and the Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center (MS-ISAC) in Arlington, Va., on May 12, in connection with the Nationwide Cyber Security Review (NCSR) Assessment planned for October 2011.

Mark Your Calendar

Upcoming Committee Calls

  • State Connectivity and Broadband Working Group - Thursday, April 28, at 3:00 pm Eastern
  • State Digital Identity Working Group - Thursday, April 28, at 4:00 pm Eastern
  • Enterprise Architecture and Governance Committee - Thursday, May 12, at 2:00 pm Eastern
  • Security and Privacy Committee - Tuesday, May 17, at 1:00 pm Eastern
  • Corporate Leadership Council - Wednesday, May 18, at 3:00 pm Eastern
  • State Connectivity and Broadband Working Group - Thursday, May 26, and 3:00 pm Eastern
  • Social Media Forum - Tuesday, May 27, at 2:00 pm Eastern

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, visit


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Save The Date

US Energy Information Administration’s Annual Energy Conference
April 26-27, 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.

Eastern Regional NIEM Technical Training Course
May 17-19, 2011 - Ashburn, Va.

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.

HIMSS Government Health IT Conference
June 14-15, 2011 - Washington, D.C.

State Healthcare IT Connect Summit
June 21-23, 2011 - Dulles, Va.

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

FOSE Conference and Exposition
July 19-21, 2011 - Washington, D.C.

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 Technology Directors (NASTD) 34th Annual Conference and Technology Showcase
August 28 - September 1, 2011 - Omaha, Neb.

National Association of Government Webmasters (NAGW) National Conference
September 14-16, 2011 - Cincinnati, Ohio

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