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Last week for Early Bird Savings for the NASCIO 2012 Midyear Conference

Don't miss the best registration rates and hotel availability for the NASCIO Midyear Conference. Early bird rates end March 27, so register now at

Check out the Midyear Conference agenda, put together by the NASCIO Programs Committee, at

April 10 is the deadline to secure your sponsorship for the Midyear Conference. View the sponsor details and sign up at sponsor.cfm. Contact Shawn Vaughn, NASCIO membership and communications coordinator, at

Give Back to Baltimore
Make a difference in Baltimore by helping NASCIO raise $1,500 for technology certification testing for students at Digital Harbor High School. Rising seniors have 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. You can help by donating any amount, from $5 to $100, or more. We are over half way to our goal.

Additional details about the program, as well as a contribution form, are available at

State Members: May 8 is Your Day

NASCIO's upcoming Midyear Conference will feature a full day of content for state members only, Tuesday, May 8. The morning kicks off with a special breakfast for deputy state CIOs and other state staff (8 to 9:30 am), followed by the Public Sector Leadership Forum (9:00 to 11:30 am) and the State Member Lunch and Discussion Forum (12:00 to 3:00 pm). Engage in policy issues at the State Member Business Meeting (3:30 to 5:00 pm) and bond with counterparts at the private State Member Networking Reception (5:00 to 6:00 pm) All of these events are exclusively for state members. Please plan your conference travel accordingly.

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

NASCIO's D.C. Fly-In, scheduled for Wednesday, May 9, will include briefings and roundtable discussions with congressional staff, federal agency officials and NASCIO strategic partners, and the second annual State-Federal CIO Meeting, a unique opportunity for state CIOs to network with counterparts at specific federal agencies

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

The Fly-In is open to state CIOs, state policy leaders or their designated proxy only. Pre-registration is required to participate. Register now for the 2012 NASCIO Midyear Conference and Fly-In.

Recognize State Technology Innovation

Have you implemented an innovative state IT project with significant positive effects and benefits to citizens? You deserve to be recognized. For the 24th consecutive year, NASCIO's State IT Recognition Awards will honor outstanding state IT projects that exemplify best practices, support public policy goals of state leaders, assist government officials in innovatively executing their duties and provide cost-effective services to citizens.

NASCIO state and territory members may submit one project in each of the ten categories. Projects are judged on innovation, significance and overall benefit. Two finalists and one award recipient will be named for each category. The deadline for submissions is June 4, 2012. For details on the awards program, including the categories and eligibility, visit

Stay Connected in the NASCIO Community

New to the NASCIO Community: The State IT Workforce Collaborative Community is the newest forum to join the online community. This forum will provide conversations around sharing ideas, collaboration on succession planning, and recruitment and retention of a multi-generational workforce. This community is open to all NASCIO members, and you can join through the community landing page.

Tip of the Month: Did you know that discussion posts generate emails to community members? However, if you add documents to a library or write a blog, emails are not sent. Getting too many emails? You can adjust your personal settings through "My Subscriptions," available on your profile.

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

  • Cole Robison, State of Kansas
  • Tim Brett, Deltek
  • Claudia Boldman, Commonwealth of Massachusetts
  • Jack Landers, State of Rhode Island
  • Michael Kerr, TechAmerica

Recognition Awards Spotlight

This month, the spotlight is on the State of Michigan, which was recognized in the category Information Communications Technology Innovations in the 2011 NASCIO State IT Recognition Awards.

Spotlight Project: Michigan Building Intelligence System

"Winning the NASCIO award for Information Communications Technology Innovations highlights Michigan's leadership in the management of the fiscal, property, and environmental resources," said Keith Paasch, director of facilities, business services, and building operations in the Michigan Department of Technology, Management and Budget. "In addition, this award recognizes the vision and efforts of the entire MI-BIS team and validates Michigan's investment in innovative technologies."

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.

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

CIOs: One-Minute Survey on Public Safety Radio Network

NASCIO is asking state CIOs to complete a quick survey that will examine the public safety radio network landscape and the authority that state CIOs have over these networks.

NASCIO will be among several large associations meeting with the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) to discuss First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet). FirstNet is the independent authority within NTIA, which will hold the license for D-Block and the existing 10 MHZ of broadband spectrum already allocated to public safety.

Comments Due on OMB Notice to Reform Cost Principles

Comments are due March 29 to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) on the "Reform of Federal Policies Relating to Grants and Cooperative Agreements; Cost Principles and Administrative Requirements." CIOs are invited to join NASCIO's Cost Allocation Task Force to help craft comments. Contact Pam Walker at if you would like to participate on the task force. Additionally, NASCIO strongly urges CIOS to submit comments, and provide a copy of your comments to help the task force prepare NASCIO comments for the docket.

NASCIO is preparing comments for the following sections:
  • Part B: Reforms to Cost Principles
  • Number 2: Indirect Costs, using flat rates instead of negotiated rates
  • Number 12: Allowing for budgeting contingency funds for certain awards
  • Number 14: Allowing for excess or idle capacity for certain facilities, in anticipation of usage increases
  • Section III C: Questions pertaining to proposals
NASCIO has been an advocate for change and flexibility to cost allocation because of the impact on strategies, operations and services of state CIOs. Last year, President Obama issued a memorandum to OMB and federal agencies to explore new flexibility for state and local government. On the one-year anniversary, OMB released a report of its finding and a proposed advance notice of guidance. The guidance contains several recommendations that were developed from the Cost Allocation sub working group, in which NASCIO participated last summer.

NTIA Extends Public Comments on Consumer Data Privacy

On March 5, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) issued a request for public comments on consumer data privacy issues to develop a voluntary code of conduct and rules to protect consumer data. The rules would be enforced by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). This solicitation was a recommendation in the report titled Consumer Data Privacy in a Network World: A Framework for Protecting Privacy and Promoting Innovation in the Global Digital Economy. NTIA is seeking comments from all stakeholders with an interest in consumer data privacy, especially considering consumer data privacy practices have not kept pace with the fast expansion of mobile usage. NTIA extended the deadline to April 2 to submit comments.

Lawmakers and regulators are concerned that consumers do not have adequate protections when dealing with social networks, games and other tools that smartphone owners download. As reports are surfacing that companies are accessing consumer's personal information without permission, lawmakers have sent letters which question the practices of several companies. The FTC is deciding if further regulations are needed in areas of mobility and applications in order to protect consumer data. NTIA's solicitation is trying to establish a self-regulatory model since it is highly likely that Congress cannot pass a comprehensive online privacy law.

Meet our newest members:

  • Cornerstone OnDemand Foundation (Nonprofit Member)

Committee & Work Group Updates

The Health Care Working Group hosted a call with representatives from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services on February 29. The call focused on the major changes expected to the MITA 3.0 guidance, which is slated for release this spring.

The Security and Privacy Committee has partnered with the Enterprise Architecture and Governance Committee on a cloud computing security brief. The committees are finalizing interviews with state chief information security officers (CISOs). The brief will focus on the cloud initiatives that CIOs and CISOs will need to address. The Security and Privacy Committee is also working through the results from the Nationwide Cyber Security Review.

The Enterprise Architecture and Governance Committee hosted a call on March 8 with Peter Wilson, technical director for the ICF International, and Mark Forman, former eGovernment architect, OMB, and co-founder for Government Transaction Services, Inc. The speakers provided an overview of congressional testimony and a workshop on Smart Lean Government. Visit for information on the workshop.

The committee is also researching the use of big data and analytics among state and local government. Email ideas, references, case studies, and trends to Eric Sweden at

The Social Media Forum will host a call March 27 with Andy Pitman, Microsoft. Pitman will review the joint initiative between Facebook and the state of Washington and how they are registering people to vote on Facebook.

The State and Local Collaboration Working Group and the Public Technology Institute completed a survey to identify cross-boundary collaboration among state and local government. The committee continues to look for case studies that demonstrate best or emerging practices for planning and implementing successful state and local government collaboration. Contact Eric Sweden at if you have state collaboration initiatives to share.

The IT Procurement Modernization Committee is drafting a brief that will identify procurement and contracting problems faced by state government, as well as provide potential solutions and best practices.

NASCIO: Making Connections

Eric Sweden, NASCIO program director, enterprise architecture and governance, will represent the association at the National Governors Association Policy Academy in-state visit in Tuscaloosa, Ala., March 28-30.

Doug Robinson, NASCIO executive director, will attend the National Governors Association Public Sector Broadband Experts Roundtable in Washington, D.C., April 4-5.

Stephen Fletcher, Utah chief information officer, Robinson and Sweden, will participate in the Global Advisory Committee meeting and partner meetings in Washington, D.C., April 10-12.

Mark Your Calendar

Upcoming NASCIO Committee Calls and Meetings

  • 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
  • Programs Committee – Tuesday, April 3, at 3:30 pm Eastern
  • Executive Committee – Thursday, April 5, at 3:30 pm Eastern
  • State and Local Collaboration Working Group – Tuesday, April 10, at 2:00 pm Eastern
  • State IT Procurement Modernization Committee – Wednesday, April 11, at 2:00 pm Eastern
  • Enterprise Architecture and Governance Committee – Thursday, April 12, at 2:00 pm Eastern
  • Security and Privacy Committee – Tuesday, April 17, at 1:00 pm Eastern
  • Corporate Leadership Council – Wednesday, April 18, at 3:00 pm Eastern
  • Awards Committee – Thursday, June 14, 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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Other Events of Interest

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.

Kentucky Digital Government Summit 2012
April 24, 2012 – Frankfort, Ky.

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