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Destination Success – NASCIO 2012 Annual Conference Updates

Registration is open for the NASCIO 2012 Annual Conference. Don't miss out – register now at

Here are important dates to keep in mind:

  • Early bird closing date: September 5, 2012
  • Room block closing date: September 21, 2012
  • Last day to register to appear in the roster: October 3, 2012
  • Online registration closes: October 12, 2012

Sponsorships are now available for the conference. Sign up at Contact Shawn Vaughn, NASCIO membership and communications coordinator, at

The conference program kicks off Monday, October 22, with a keynote from Ken Miller, author and founder of the Change and Innovation Agency, a firm dedicated to increasing government's capacity to do more good.

Miller is the author of three books; "Extreme Government Makeover: Increasing Our Capacity To Do More Good," "We Don't Make Widgets: Overcoming the Myths That Keep Government From Radically Improving," and "The Change Agent's Guide to Radical Improvement," as well as numerous articles and columns on how to improve the performance of government.

Go the Distance with NASCIO and Fund the San Diego Futures Foundation

Don't miss out - team up with NASCIO to compete in the first-ever NASCIO 5k run/walk to benefit the San Diego Futures Foundation. Even if you sleep in, you can still donate to the cause. The event is October 24, in conjunction with NASCIO Annual Conference. Register or learn more at

Leveraging Enterprise Architecture for Improved IT Procurement

NASCIO's newest issue brief presents an overview of how the discipline of enterprise architecture can be used to improve and lower costs of state IT procurement. Download the brief at

Oklahoma CIO Talks Enterprise Architecture and IT Procurement

Alex Pettit, Oklahoma chief information officer, recently spoke with Chris Dorobek of DorobekINSIDER about enterprise architecture and strategic IT procurement. Visit GovLoop to read the article or listen to the interview.

Stay Connected in the NASCIO Community

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

  • Alisanne Maffei, State of Nevada
  • Patricia Cummens, State of Minnesota
  • Tim Brett, Deltek
  • Keith McCook, State of South Carolina
  • Bill Rogers, State of New Hampshire

Recognition Awards Spotlight

This month, the spotlight is on the State of California, which was recognized in the Cross Boundary Collaboration and Partnerships category in the 2011 NASCIO State IT Recognition Awards.

Spotlight Project: Cross Boundary Collaboration and Partnerships: California Routing on Empirical Data (RED) Project

Seconds mean the difference between life and death when calling 9-1-1. In 2007 the California 9-1-1 division determined that 4.9 million (42.4 percent) of the state's 11.6 million wireless enhanced 9-1-1 calls received a busy signal. State law requires the California Highway Patrol to answer wireless 9-1-1 calls but, in 2007, the CHP had only 167 call-taking positions to manage the exponential growth of wireless calls.

To improve cell phone routing and increase access, the 9-1-1 division initiated the Routing on Empirical Data (RED) Project, a cross-boundary collaboration and partnership effort involving more than 500 stakeholders that included the private wireless sector, as well as state, county and city governments.

RED Project results include reducing wireless 9-1-1 busy signals from 42.4 percent in 2007 to 2.02 percent in 2011, avoiding $21.4 million in annual costs, and increasing the chances of survival for California citizens during life-threatening emergency situations.

Kudos to the Judges

Thank you to all the judges who worked hard to judge the outstanding nominations for the NASCIO State IT Recognition Awards we received this year. The scoring is finished and the finalists will be announced in August.

Events of Interest

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

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

Annual Health Insurance Exchange Congress
Register to attend the Annual Health Insurance Exchange Congress, taking place November 13-14, 2012, at the Hotel Sax Chicago. NASCIO members are eligible for a 25 percent discount off their registration fee. The Health Insurance Exchange Congress is the only event bringing together representatives of health plans, states and the federal government to address the opportunities and challenges presented by the implementation of health insurance exchanges. To register for this event, email and mention the discount code XP1710NASCIO.

Watch on Washington

Revised Cybersecurity Bill Introduced
On July 19, Sens. Joseph Lieberman (I-Conn.), Susan Collins (R-Maine), Jay Rockefeller (D-W. Va.), Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and Tom Carper (D-Del.) introduced a revised version of the Cybersecurity Act. The bill (S. 3414) softens provisions that would have required companies operating critical infrastructure to meet a set of security standards developed, in part, by the Homeland Security Department. Instead, the legislation allows businesses to qualify for certain incentives, such as liability protections, if they meet voluntary security guidelines. Privacy advocates applauded the changes to the legislation; however, industry is not sold on the revised bill.

A few Senators are concerned that agencies could turn voluntary cybersecurity benchmarks for critical infrastructure into mandatory regulations, while other policymakers fear that companies might have the ability to monitor networks and read personal emails. Senators are reviewing the legislation and analyzing ways to update the bill's language on liability protection. NASCIO is seeking clarification on the bill and is working to determine the impact of this provision on the states. The legislation is expected to come to the floor July 25 or 26.

The measure envisions a public-private partnership to secure the most critical cyber systems. The revised Cybersecurity Act of 2012 would:

  • Establish a multi-agency National Cybersecurity Council - chaired by the Secretary of Homeland Security - to lead cybersecurity efforts, including assessing the risks and vulnerabilities of critical infrastructure systems.
  • Allow private industry groups including representatives of state and local governments to develop and recommend to the council voluntary cybersecurity practices to mitigate identified cyber risks.
  • Allow owners of critical infrastructure to participate in a voluntary cybersecurity program, the benefits of which include liability protections, expedited security clearances, and priority assistance on cyber issues.
  • Create no new regulators and provide no new authority for an agency to adopt standards that are not otherwise authorized by law. Current industry regulators would continue to oversee their industry sectors.
  • Permit information-sharing between the private sector and the federal government to share threats, incidents, best practices, and fixes, while preserving the civil liberties and privacy of users.
  • Require designated critical infrastructure - those systems which if attacked could cause catastrophic consequences - to report significant cyber incidents.
  • Require the government to improve the security of federal civilian cyber networks through reform of the Federal Information Security Management Act.
  • Preempts any state or local law or requirement restricting or regulating cybersecurity services or the acquisition, interception, retention, use or disclosure of communications, records, or other information by private entities.

Click here for a bill summary and here for a section by section.

House and Senate Planning Continuing Resolution
House and Senate leaders are discussing the possibility of a fiscal 2012 continuing resolution (CR) that would fund the government at the level established by last summer's debt limit law through March 2012. Passing a long-term CR would avoid a lame-duck session and allow the two parties to work out a deal on the expiring tax cuts and the automatic sequestration cuts put into place by the debt limit law. The vital issues that will dominant policymakers in what is expected to be a busy lame-duck session are tax rates, spending cuts, and the deficit. Other issues may arise, but some issues will be punted into the113th Congress.

Senate HSGAC Holds Hearing on Improving Transparency with Federal Spending
On July 18, the Senate Homeland Security and Government Reform Committee held a hearing discussing transparency and accountability of how billions of taxpayer dollars are spent. Witnesses at the hearing were Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va.; Gene Dodaro, comptroller general of the U.S.; Daniel Werfel, controller, Office of Federal Financial Management at OMB; and Richard Gregg, fiscal assistant secretary at the Treasury Department. At the hearing entitled "Show Me the Money: Improving the Transparency of Federal Spending," witnesses said that OMB and federal agencies excelled in disclosing spending associated with the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act through, because the effort was funded, mandated by Congress, and promoted by the White House.

Much of the discussion during the hearing ended up on the Data Accountability and Transparency Act (H.R. 2146), passed by the House in April. NASCIO, along with the National Conference of State Legislatures; International City/County Management Association; National Association of State Auditors, Comptrollers and Treasurers; and National Association of State Budget Officers filed a joint statement for the record discussing concerns with the impact on state and local governments. Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) plans to reintroduce federal spending transparency legislation without the provision for an independent oversight board. The state associations have not seen the un-introduced bill but will continue to work with Sen. Warner to help lessen the burden on state and local governments.

Legislation Introduced to Combat Online Scams
Rep. Mary Bono Mack (R-Calif.) introduced a measure on July 12 to reauthorize the Safe Web Act, which would extend the current authorities of the Federal Trade Commission to go after online scammers. The FTC's current authority is set to expire at the end of next year. Senators Mark Pryor (D-Ark.) and Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.) teamed up to introduce a similar version July 19.

CIO Transitions

Read the latest state CIO transitions – Click here.

Meet our newest members:

  • EngagePoint (Corporate Member)
  • City of Bessemer, Alabama (Local associate member)

Committee & Working Group Updates

The Enterprise Architecture and Governance Committee convened July 12 and discussed big data concepts and issues with guest speaker, Dr. Peter Aiken of DAMA International. Bethann Pepoli, chief technology officer for EMC, gave an update on the TechAmerica Big Data Commission. The committee is currently researching Big Data for a future publication.

The Health Care Working Group is planning to host the HIMSS Legal Task Force on July 25 to gain a better perspective on the ramifications of the Supreme Court decision and state options on Medicaid expansion. The working group continues to explore options for its next set of deliverables.

The IT Procurement Modernization Committee continues to develop a series of short issue briefs on IT procurement. In collaboration with TechAmerica and National Assocation of State Procurement Officers, NASCIO released "Leveraging Enterprise Architecture for Improved IT Procurement" earlier this month. The committee anticipates releasing "Leaving Performance Bonds at the Door for Improved IT Procurement" in early August.

The Security and Privacy Committee, has been assisting with the Deloitte-NASCIO 2012 Cybersecurity Survey. The survey deadline is August 3. An all-states call was held earlier this month to explain the survey focus to state CIOs and CISOs. In 2010, 49 states responded to the survey, and we expect a comparable response this year. A new, smaller cybersecurity survey of state officials or business stakeholders also went out on July 9. The next brief under discussion will focus on mobile device management and security.

The Social Media Forum is considering the next providers to approach, having completed terms of service negotiation with Facebook, YouTube and Twitter. The general consensus is that the legal workgroup should target LinkedIn, SlideShare, and Google+, along with other free Google products. Also under consideration is the development of a general, open invitation to providers that would identify states' key issues with standards terms.

The State and Local Working Group convened July 10 with guest presenter Michael Constanzo, North Carolina Office of the Treasurer, who discussed the NC Financial Dashboard. At present there are 13 completed state and local government collaboration scenarios and 23 scenarios in development. Scenarios will be presented in a white paper and an interactive panel session at the NASCIO Annual Conference.

The State Connectivity and Broadband Working Group's July 11 call focused on a recap of the NGA Public Safety Broadband Network (PSBN) forum. NGA documents produced for that forum provide guidance on what states need to be doing at this stage of PSBN planning and are available on the NGA website or the NASCIO Community.

The State Digital Identity Working Group is finalizing the SICAM Guidance and Roadmap. The working group is also closely following recent announcements from the Program Management Office for the National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace (NSTIC). The working group anticipates drafting a call-to-action in support of the principles of NSTIC and submitting volunteers to the stakeholder groups.

NASCIO: Making Connections

Doug Robinson, NASCIO executive director, traveled to the NGA Annual Meeting, July 12-15 in Williamsburg, Va., as well as the NASBO Annual Conference, July 31-August 1 in Providence, R.I. Robinson will also speak at the NASTD Annual Conference, August 26-29 in Baltimore, Md.

Robinson and Eric Sweden, NASCIO program director for enterprise architecture and governance, participated in the July 19 NIEM Executive Steering Committee online townhall meeting, which included updates on the release of NIEM 3.0.

Sweden was a guest instructor at the University of Kansas, where he presented "Enterprise Architecture – A Business Emphasis" to graduate and undergraduate students.

Pam Walker, NASCIO government affairs director, will travel to the National Conference on State Legislatures Legislative Summit, August 6-7 in Chicago, Ill.

Chad Grant, NASCIO senior policy analyst, will speak at the AAMVA Annual Meeting, August 20-22 in Charlotte, NC.

Mark Your Calendar

Upcoming NASCIO Committee Calls and Meetings

  • State Digital Identity Working Group – Thursday, July 26, at 3:00 pm Eastern
  • Executive Committee – Thursday, August 9 at 3:30 pm Eastern
  • State Connectivity and Broadband Working Group – Wednesday, August 8, at 2:00 pm Eastern
  • State IT Procurement Modernization Committee – Wednesday, August 8, at 2:00 pm Eastern
  • Enterprise Architecture and Governance Committee – Thursday, August 9, at 2:00 pm Eastern
  • Security and Privacy Committee – Tuesday, August 14, at 1:00 pm Eastern
  • State and Local Collaboration Working Group – Tuesday, August 14, at 2:00 pm Eastern
  • Corporate Leadership Council – Wednesday, August 15, at 3:00 pm Eastern
  • Social Media Forum – Tuesday, August 28, at 2:00 pm Eastern
  • Health Care Working Group – Wednesday, August 29, at 3:00 pm Eastern
  • State Digital Identity Working Group – Thursday, August 30, 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

Asysco, Inc.

Contact: Jayson Goldman
Title: Managing Director
Address: 3301 Thomasville Rd
Tallahassee, FL 32308


Phone: (866) 241-3301
Web address:

Asysco Software was founded in 1979 and is based in Coevorden, The Netherlands. We opened our U.S. office, Asysco, Inc., in 2002. Asysco specializes in providing modern, high-tech and high-quality mainframe migration solutions that enable our clients to protect, modernize, and enhance their often significant investments in Unisys A-Series and OS/2200 systems.


Contact: Alphonzo Albright
Title: Director, Government Solution and Market Development
Address: 138 E Market St
Long Beach , NY 11561


Phone: (646) 696-8496
Web address:

The industry leader in unified collaboration solutions Companies choose Polycom for solutions that enable their geographically dispersed workforces to communicate and collaborate more effectively and productively over distances. Using Polycom telepresence, video, and voice solutions and services, people connect and collaborate from their desktops, meeting rooms, class rooms, and mobile settings.


Contact: Christopher Paul
Title: Marketing Director
Address: 257 Highland Ave
Lansdale, PA 19446


Phone: (215) 872-8563
Web address:

Unisys is a worldwide information technology company providing services to 45 of 50 U.S. state governments. Our value-based solutions are flexible, adaptive, and scalable. We help clients secure operations, increase the efficiency and utilization of their data centers, enhance support to their end users and constituents, and modernize enterprise applications.

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Other Events of Interest

American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators Annual International Conference
August 20-22, 2012 – Charlotte, N.C.

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

National Association of State Technology Directors Annual Conference
August 26-30 – Baltimore, MD.

IGDA's Cyber Defense Strategies Summit 2012
August 27-29, 2012 – New York City, N.Y.

National Health IT Week
September 10 - 14, 2012

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.

Annual Health Insurance Exchange Congress
November 12-14, 2012 – Chicago, Ill.

Smart Card Alliance Government Conference
November 28-30, 2012 – Washington, DC.

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