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Chart a Course to the Midyear Conference — Registration is Now Open
Registration is now open for NASCIO's 2012 Midyear Conference, May 8-11 in Baltimore, Md. The early bird rate is available until March 27 at You won't want to miss the excellent agenda put together by the NASCIO Programs Committee.

Sponsorship opportunities are still available for the Midyear Conference. View the sponsor details and sign up at sponsor.cfm. Contact Shawn Vaughn, NASCIO membership and communications coordinator, at

Support Technology Education in Baltimore
Join forces with NASCIO and help empower students at Baltimore's Digital Harbor High School, a unique school that seeks to prepare students for college, responsible citizenship and careers in technology. Each senior has the opportunity to sit for industry-level, technology certification testing required for further education; however the cost of the tests is not covered by the school.

NASCIO has set a goal of $1,500 to help fund students' certification testing. You can help make a difference by contributing. Any amount, from $5 to $100 or more, will help these students achieve success. Additional details about the program, as well as a contribution form, are available at

Stay Connected in the NASCIO Community

Are you interested in breaking news from Washington, D.C.? If so, subscribe to the government affairs community. Pam Walker, NASCIO director of government affairs, and Emily Gallt, NASCIO research assistant, post regular updates and breaking news related to NASCIO's advocacy priorities. This community is open to all NASCIO members.

Tip of the Month: Add to your email whitelist to ensure you receive all emails sent from the NASCIO Community. If you are not currently receiving these emails, contact Emily Gallt at

Would you like your name to appear as one of the most active members in the community? You may be featured in an upcoming newsletter if you log into the community and complete your profile, respond to questions and create blogs.

Congratulations to the top five most engaged members in the NASCIO Community this month:

  • Tim Brett, Deltek
  • Justin Dew, ActivIdentity
  • Greg Jackson, CGI
  • Claudia Boldman, Commonwealth of Massachusetts
  • Bill Rogers, State of New Hampshire

Recognition Awards Spotlight

This month, the spotlight is on the State of Michigan, which was recognized in the category Enterprise IT Management Initiatives in the 2011 NASCIO State IT Recognition Awards.

Spotlight Project: Optimizing Government Technology Value: Establishing Enterprise Metrics to Ensure Operational Readiness and Business Availability

"Michigan's Data Center Operations staff was honored to win the NASCIO 2011 Enterprise IT Initiative award for our Optimizing Government Technology Value project," said Carol Steele Sherman, director for the Michigan Data Center Operations. "Being recognized by our peers from across the country makes our team very proud of the work they do to deliver value to the citizens of Michigan. NASCIO's recognition of this project will help Michigan continue to increase the reliability of our critical infrastructure and extend the value from the project to other governmental units."

National Governors Association 2012 Policy Academy

The National Governors Association "Next Generation Justice Information Sharing Policy Academy" is focused on assisting state adoption and implementation of the Global Reference Architecture for Service Oriented Architecture, in addition to supporting approaches to federated identity management and privacy. See the full library of reference materials that comprise the Global Information Sharing Toolkit at

The academy has completed preliminary conference calls with the awarded states. The funding for the grants came from the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Bureau of Justice Assistance. To learn more about the academy, contact Eric Sweden, NASCIO program director, enterprise architecture and governance, at

Events of Interest

20th Annual Medicaid Managed Care Congress
April 30-May 2, Baltimore, Md.
Register for the longest running, most popular event in the Medicaid managed care industry, and join more than 350 state officials and health plan executives as they share their best practices and insights on how to improve quality and achieve better health outcomes and cost controls. Don't miss key presentations from Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, CNN's Paul Begala and more than 40 additional speakers. Enter code XP1726NASCE to receive the 25 percent NASCIO member discount rate at registration.xml?XP1726NASCE&step=start.

5th Smart Card Alliance 2012 Payments Summit
February 8-10, Salt Lake City, Utah
The annual summit has moved to larger meeting space to accommodate a more broadly focused "all payments" event covering every leading transaction platform. NASCIO members are eligible for discounted registration fees. Enter the code ND32P at

iHT2 Health IT Summit
April 24-25, Atlanta, Ga.
Register for the iHT² Health IT Summit and hear from national thought leaders on proven strategies for aligning IT strategies with business strategies as well as discovering best practices for securing ePHI, HIE models and implementing mobile health initiatives. Learn more at

Watch on Washington

President Obama Signs Payroll Tax Extension Legislation

Before leaving for the President's Day recess, the House and Senate cleared the bipartisan payroll tax cut extension ((H.R. 3630 - H Rept 112-399). On February 22, President Barack Obama signed the bipartisan measure into law. The $143 billion law continues the 2 percent reduction in the tax that funds Social Security, extends federal unemployment insurance benefits, and prevents cuts in Medicare payments to physicians through Dec. 31, 2012. In addition, the law raises $15 billion for the budget, provides more spectrum for wireless broadband, and helps public safety officials build a national broadband network.

The law provides $7 billion in incentive-auction proceeds for building an interoperable public safety network, a huge win for public safety officials. It also establishes a First Responder Network Authority, overseen by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), to help create the public safety network and gather input from local, state, and federal officials. The law also contains $250 million for Next Generation 911 grants and requires giveback of T-band spectrum over nine years.

Obtaining D-block spectrum for public safety was one of NASCIO's 2012 advocacy priorities. We look forward to working with the relevant stakeholders to implement the legislation.

Senate Moves Forward with Cybersecurity Legislation

Long-awaited comprehensive cybersecurity legislation, The Cybersecurity Act (S. 2105), was introduced February 14 in the U.S. Senate. The Senate Homeland Security Governmental Affairs Committee held a hearing February 16 to discuss the legislation. S. 2105 would improve the security of the federal government's networks and information sharing, clarify the roles of federal agencies in cybersecurity, strengthen the cyber workforce and coordinate cyber research and development. The legislation would also provide the Department of Homeland Security with regulatory authority to ensure security standards are met by the private sector.

Many leading technology companies and associations support this legislation. However, opposition is building among privacy groups and key business interests. Seven leading Republican senators plan to introduce a revised version of the legislation once Congress reconvenes. These senators feel the Cybersecurity Act will force prescriptive regulations on American businesses, especially those that own approximately 90 percent of critical cyber infrastructure. Opposition groups are concerned about the potential negative effects on the privacy of citizens, the risk that specific information-sharing provisions place on companies, and the regulations placed on businesses that may stifle innovation.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) plans to take the legislation straight to the Senate floor without committee markups. Lawmakers are preparing for a fight over cybersecurity reform by introducing a variety of amendments to the bill, which will cover data breach notification, cybercrime penalties, workforce education and consumer privacy, while various House committees are drafting their own versions of cybersecurity legislation. There is the potential that these bills could be merged into one comprehensive package, but this has yet to be determined. Many believe it may take a major cyber attack to prompt meaningful protections in order for Congress to enact legislation strong enough to defend against cyber threats.

Meet our newest members:

  • Ciena (Corporate Member)
  • Informative Graphics (Corporate Member)
  • Michigan Works (Nonprofit Member)
  • Polycom (Corporate Member)

Committee & Work Group Updates

The Health Care Working Group will host a call February 29 with Donna Schmidt, deputy director with the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). The call will include an overview of CMS' efforts to modernize MITA and guidance of the HITECH Act and the Affordable Care Act.

The Security and Privacy Committee has partnered with the Enterprise Architecture and Governance Committee on a cloud computing security brief. The committee discussions are focused on identifying the cloud initiatives CIOs and CISOs need to address. NASCIO continues to conduct research and interviews with CISOs to identify strategies and concerns around adopting cloud computing technologies.

The Social Media Legal Working Group negotiations with YouTube were concluded in January and NASCIO continues to receive requests from states to take advantage of the new YouTube terms. The working group is now focused on Twitter revisions; however, an agreement has not been reached at this time.

The State and Local Collaboration Working Group is conducting a survey with the Public Technology Institute and is reaching out to NASCIO members to help identify cross-boundary collaboration activity among state and local government. The working group is looking to reveal best or emerging practices related to governance, organization, business process improvement, innovative technologies, funding models and more. Complete the survey at

The State Digital Identity Working Group continues discussions with Jeremy Grant, senior executive advisor with the National Institute of Standards and Technology, on the National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace state pilots or grant opportunities. Jeremy Grant provided an overview to the working group's call in January.

NASCIO: Making Connections

Chad Grant, NASCIO senior policy analyst, participated in the National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace (NSTIC) Grant Proposers' Conference on February 15. Details for establishing an Identity Ecosystem Governance Structure and the existing Federal Funding Opportunity for the NSTIC Pilot Grant Program are available at

Grant is representing NASCIO at the HIMSS Annual Conference in Las Vegas, Nev., February 21-24.

Pam Walker, NASCIO director of government affairs, will attend the National Governors Association Winter Meeting in Washington, D.C., February 25-27.

Doug Robinson, NASCIO executive director, will serve as a speaker at the National Association of Counties Legislative Conference and Technology Summit in Washington, D.C., March 2-4.

Charles Robb, NASCIO senior policy analyst, will represent the association at the IAPP Global Privacy Summit in Washington, D.C., March 7-9.

Mark Your Calendar

Upcoming NASCIO Committee Calls and Meetings

  • Social Media Forum – Tuesday, February 28, at 2:00 pm Eastern
  • Executive Committee – Thursday, March 1, at 3:30 pm Eastern
  • Programs Committee – Tuesday, March 6, at 3:30 pm Eastern
  • Enterprise Architecture and Governance Committee – Thursday, March 8, at 2:00 pm Eastern
  • Awards Committee – Thursday, March 8, at 2:00 pm Eastern
  • State and Local Collaboration Working Group – Tuesday, March 13, at 2:00 pm Eastern
  • State IT Procurement Modernization Committee – Wednesday, March 14, at 2:00 pm Eastern
  • Security and Privacy Committee – Tuesday, March 20, at 1:00 pm Eastern
  • Corporate Leadership Council – Wednesday, March 21, at 3:00 pm Eastern
  • Social Media Forum – Tuesday, March 27, at 2:00 pm Eastern
  • Health Care Working Group – Wednesday, March 28, at 3:00 pm Eastern
  • State Digital Identity Working Group – Thursday, March 29, at 3:00 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


Contact: Miriam Erisman
Title: Events Manager
Address: 1201 Winterson Rd
Linthicum, MD 21090


Phone: (678) 327-1620
Web address:

Ciena Corporation, the network specialist, provides products and services that provide our utility clients a practical and methodical migration to modernize their existing communications infrastructures to support the sophistication and automation of next-generation smart grid networks. Our portfolio includes software-defined optical transport and switching platforms and carrier-grade Ethernet service delivery solutions, highly integrated operations and management solutions, and specialist services that combine to offer reliable and secure energy delivery while allowing customers to realize improvements in operating efficiency. Ciena's solutions help energy companies worldwide to create scalable, deterministic, and ultra-reliable standards-based communications networks.


Contact: Rebekah Bowman
Title: Field Marketing Manager, Public Sector
Address: 5000 Headquarters Dr
Plano, TX 75093


Phone: (972) 987-2933
Web address: public-sector/state-and-local-government.aspx

McAfee, a wholly owned subsidiary of Intel Corporation (NASDAQ:INTC), is the world's largest dedicated security technology company. McAfee's state and local government security portfolio delivers industry-leading technology and 24/7 Global Threat Intelligence to safeguard your systems and data against all known and emerging threats. And you can manage your entire security system from a centralized, web-based platform that boosts efficiency, cuts costs, and speeds proof of compliance.

Contact: Victoria Losman
Title: Senior Marketing Manager
Address: 2550 Wasser Terrace,
Ste 100
Herndon, VA 20171


Phone: (202) 341-3344
Web address: public-sector/ is the enterprise cloud computing company. The company's platform and CRM applications have revolutionized the way government organizations collaborate and communicate with their customers and constituents, including: the Sales Cloud, for outreach and relationship management; the Service Cloud, for customer service and support solutions; Chatter, for social collaboration; the platform, for custom application development; and the AppExchange, the world's leading marketplace for enterprise cloud computing applications. As of July 31, 2010, manages business information for approximately 82,400 customers, over 6,000 of which are in the federal, state, local, education and non-profit sectors, including State agencies in Maryland, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Texas and Utah.

Other Events of Interest

National Governors Association Winter Meeting
February 25-27, 2012 - Washington, D.C.

iHT2 Health IT Summit
March 27-28, 2012 - San Francisco, Calif.

GovSec Conference and Expo
April 2-4, 2012 - Washington, D.C.

FOSE Conference and Exposition
April 3-5, 2012 – Washington, D.C.

2012 National Association of State Procurement Officials Marketing Meeting
April 15-17, 2012 - Orlando, Fla.

National Association of State Budget Officers Spring Meeting
April 19-21, 2012 San Diego, Calif.

iHT2 Health IT Summit
April 24-25, 2012 - Atlanta, Ga.

Medicaid Managed Care Congress
April 30-May 2, 2012 – Baltimore, Md.

NASCIO Midyear Conference
May 8-11, 2012 – Baltimore, Md.

iHT2 Health IT Summit
June 12-13, 2012 - Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Security Industry Association Government Summit
June 19-20, 2012 – Washington, D.C.

National Association of State Budget Officers Annual Meeting
July 29 - August 1, 2012 - Providence, R.I.

iHT2 Health IT Summit
July 24-25, 2012 - Denver, Colo.

National Governor's Association Annual Meeting
July 13-15, 2012 - Williamsburg, Va.

iHT2 Health IT Summit
August 22-23, 2012 - Seattle, Wash.

iHT2 Health Technology Innovation & Investment Forum
September 19, 2012 - New York City, N.Y.

iHT2 Health IT Summit
September 19-20, 2012 - New York City, N.Y.

PTI Technology Leadership Conference
October 21-23, 2012 – San Diego, Calif.

NASCIO Annual Conference
October 21-24, 2012 – San Diego, Calif.

International Conference on Theory and Practice of Electronic Governance
October 22-25, 2012 – Albany, N.Y.

iHT2 Health IT Summit
November 7-8, 2012 - Beverly Hills, Calif.

iHT2 Health IT Summit in Austin
December 5-6, 2012 - Austin, Texas