NASCIO’s Monthly E-Newsletter

October 2008

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  • Annual Conference Held in Milwaukee Receives High Praise

    CIOs and officials from 45 states along with representatives from 134 related groups and companies gathered September 21-24 in Milwaukee for the 2008 NASCIO Annual Conference. The theme of the event was A Focus on the Enterprise: Driving Efficiency and Innovation. Highlights of the agenda included a biker themed Welcome Reception at the Harley-Davidson Museum and keynote addresses by Governor Tom Ridge and Dr. Kathleen Hall Jamieson. The conference also featured a wide variety of speakers addressing a diverse range of topics. Individual speaker presentations as well as the interactive audience polling results from the sessions are now posted on NASCIO’s website. Also, take a moment to relive the excitement of the event by viewing our Annual Conference slideshow. Click here to access all of these archived materials.
  • States Recognized for Outstanding Achievement in the Field of Information Technology

    NASCIO selected 1 state IT initiative in each of 10 categories as recipients of the 2008 Recognition Awards for Outstanding Achievement in the Field of Information Technology in State Government at the September 23 State Dinner held in conjunction with NASCIO's Annual Conference in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

    NASCIO's Recognition Awards Program, celebrating its 20th consecutive year, features categories reflecting the wide range of IT projects currently under development within state governments. Emphasis was placed on recognizing programs that exemplify best practices, support the public policy goals of state leaders, represent an innovative use of existing technology or a use of new technology, assist government officials to efficiently execute their duties, provide cost-effective service to citizens and are transferable to other agencies or units of government.

    NASCIO's Awards committee comprised of NASCIO state and corporate members representing leading public and private IT organizations selected the 2008 award finalists. State government projects and initiatives from the member states, territories, and the District of Columbia were eligible to be nominated for these prestigious annual awards. Ten innovative initiatives were chosen from 114 submissions. Criteria for selection included a description of the business problem and solution, significance of the project to the improvement of the operation of government, and the benefits of the project.

    Full submissions from all nominations are posted on NASCIO's website at

  • NASCIO Announces New President, Officers and Directors

    Gopal Khanna, Minnesota CIO, has been elected to serve as NASCIO President for its 2008-2009 program year. Khanna will replace Iowa CIO/COO John Gillispie who served as association President for the 2007-2008 program year.

    The membership also elected new officers and directors for the association. The following are the new and returning officers and directors:


    • President - Gopal Khanna, Chief Information Officer, Minnesota
    • Vice President - Gary Robinson, Chief Information Officer, Washington
    • Secretary/Treasurer - Kyle Schafer, Chief Technology Officer, West Virginia
    • Past-President - John Gillispie, Chief Operating Officer, Iowa
    Elected Directors (two-year terms)
    • Joe Fleckinger - Chief Information Officer, Oklahoma
    • Steve Fletcher - Chief Information Officer, Utah
    • Mike Locatis - Chief Information Officer, Colorado
    • Teri Takai - Chief Information Officer, California

    The newly elected directors join returning Executive Committee directors Mark Bengel, CIO of Tennessee, Otto Doll, CIO of South Dakota, Tom Jarrett, CIO of Delaware and Dick Thompson, CIO of Maine. The new leadership officially took effect immediately following NASCIO's State Dinner on the evening of September 23, 2008.

  • Teri Takai, California CIO, Honored with Meritorious Service Award

    NASCIO created this annual award to spotlight a state CIO who has exemplified outstanding service, advocacy, and leadership in state government, and also consistently championed the vision, mission and principles of NASCIO. Meritorious Service Award recipients are nominated by their state CIO peers and selected by NASCIO's Executive Committee. For 2008, NASCIO is pleased to honor Teri Takai with this award.

    In 2003, Teri Takai was appointed Director of Information Technology for the state of Michigan. Although she was new to the public sector she quickly mastered the ability to deal with political realities and work effectively within state government. Takai led the government-wide IT consolidation which was the largest departmental transformation in Michigan's history saving the state $100 million. Under Takai's leadership the state was ranked number one four years in a row for digital government by the Center for Digital Government. And, during her tenure, the state of Michigan consistently carried away multiple NASCIO Recognition Awards annually.

    Takai's stature as a public official increased steadily as she continued to cut costs while expanding IT services for Michigan. She was named Public Official of the Year in 2005 by Governing magazine. VARBusiness magazine named Takai to their 2005 list of "The Top 50 People, Trends, Technologies, Innovations and Projects in Government You Should Know." Her accomplishments and peer respect brought her to the attention of California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger who brought Takai on board as California's first state-wide cabinet level CIO.

    Takai has been an active member of NASCIO since 2003. She has chaired numerous committees and has held the positions of NASCIO Vice President and President.

NASCIO In The News

CIO Transitions

  • OHIO
    Steve Edmonson is departing his position as the state of Ohio Chief Information Officer. Sam Orth will serve as Interim State Chief Information Officer effective October 20, 2008.

Members In The News

    Jim Burns, State of Alabama CIO, discussed how the state was ranked among the nation's top five web sites. Click here for the article.
    Anand Dubey, State of Alaska CIO, talked with Government Technology about his focus on efficient use of IT resources in Alaska. Click here for the article.
    Teri Takai, State of California CIO, received NASCIO's prestigious Meritorious Service Award. Click here to read the story.

    This month Takai also announced the creation of Program Management and Policy Offices within the office of the State Chief Information Officer. Click here to read the article.

    Teri Takai is also featured on YouTube at the INPUT / ITAA Executive Seminar.

    Teri Takai commented on California's five national State Technology Awards

    Mike Locatis, State of Colorado CIO, discussed how Colorado used Geospatial Technologies to support the Democratic National Convention. Click here for the story.
    Brenda Orth, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania CIO, discussed receiving an award for outstanding achievement in Information Security and Privacy for the state's JNET Warrant Search System. Click here to read the story.
    Thomas Jarrett, State of Delaware CIO, talked about the state's Access and Identity Management System. Click here for the story.
    Vivek Kundra, District of Columbia CTO, discussed the power of cloud computing with GCN. Click here for the article.
    Mike Gwartney, State of Idaho CIO, discussed Idaho's Innovative PayPort Solution, which was named one of the best government-to-citizens solutions in the nation. Click here for the story.
    Gerry Weaver, State of Indiana CIO, discussed the break down of federal funding silos. Click here for the article.
    Gopal Khanna, State of Minnesota CIO, highlighted the importance of recognizing National Cybersecurity Awareness Month. Click here to read the article.
    Dan Ross, State of Missouri CIO, discussed the state's recruiting site and holding job fairs within Second Life, an Internet-based virtual world. Click here for the story.
    Melodie Mayberry-Stewart, State of New York CIO, praised the Government Technology Conference East Expo for its role in advancing technology innovation in state and local government. Click here for the article.
  • UTAH
    Stephen Fletcher, State of Utah CIO, discussed the state's move to a four-day work week for cabinet offices and how IT plays a key role. Click here for the story.
    Lem Stewart, Commonwealth of Virginia CIO, comments on Virginia's two prestigious NASCIO Recognition Awards. Click here to read the article.
    Kyle Schafer, State of West Virginia CIO, discussed West Virginia's award winning education web portal. Click here to read the arcticle.
  • Several state CIOs are featured in an article on how the energy crisis is forcing green initiatives in the states. Click here to read the article.
  • GTtv Video Stories

    NASCIO Annual Conference featuring interviews with the following NASCIO members including clips from the keynote address by Gov. Tom Ridge, former Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
    • John Gillispie, NASCIO Past President and State of Iowa COO
    • Gopal Khanna, NASCIO President and State of Minnesota CIO
    • Ken Theis, State of Michigan Director and CIO
  • New Members

    NASCIO is pleased to welcome BMC Software as a new corporate member.

NASCIO on the Road

  • Doug Robison, NASCIO Executive Director, delivered a keynote at the Colorado Information Management Association (CIMA) Conference on Wednesday, October 2.
  • Michigan CIO Ken Theis is scheduled to speak at Ohio State University's Fisher College of Business "CIO Solutions Gallery," a senior IT leader program, on October 22. In this session of the ongoing CIO Solutions Gallery, the focus area will be “Green IT 2.0: Building and Sustaining The New Brand” and Ken will speak on behalf of NASCIO regarding nationwide state green IT efforts and also highlighting Michigan’s green IT initiatives. NASCIO Issues Coordinator Stephanie Jamison will also attend. For more information, click here.
  • Steve Fletcher, State of Utah CIO, and Eric Sweden, Senior Enterprise Architect for NASCIO, will represent the association at the upcoming Global Justice Advisory Committee meeting on Thursday, October 23 in National Harbor, Maryland.

Committee & Work Group Updates

  • In the coming months, NASCIO will solicit members for participation on the 2008/09 program year committees and working groups. Member participation is critical to the success of association and we encourage all members to get involved in committees and working groups activities for the program year. Contact Shawn Karrick, NASCIO Membership & Communications Coordinator, with questions at
  • The Corporate Leadership Council gathered on September 21 prior to the Annual Conference for a luncheon meeting. The guest speaker was Theresa Pardo, Deputy Director of the Center for Technology in Government at the University of Albany. Theresa's presentation is available at .

Mark Your Calendar

  • Upcoming Committee and Working Group Calls
    • Corporate Leadership Council - Wednesday, October 15, 4:00 pm ET
    • Enterprise Architecture and Governance Committee - Thursday, October 16, 3:00 pm ET
    • Executive Committee - Thursday, November 6, 2:00 pm ET