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Unleash the New: State Governments Get Agile

  • April 2017
  • Number of views: 1544
Unleash the New: State Governments Get Agile
Agile is changing the game for state governments. To explore the implications and opportunities, Accenture and the National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) are partnering on multifaceted research. Drawing from the public and private sectors, the research reveals a comprehensive perspective on the role of Agile within state government.

Better Data Security Through Classification: A Game Plan for Smart Cybersecurity Investments

  • April 2017
  • Number of views: 1703
Better Data Security Through Classification: A Game Plan for Smart Cybersecurity Investments
The brief, a joint project between NASCIO’s Cybersecurity Committee and Data Protection Working Group, explains why a risk based cybersecurity approach is the most beneficial to state government data. When states take a risk based approach they improve operational efficiency, assessments are more accurate, attack surfaces are reduced and decision making is improved. As the brief states, taking an enterprise mentality brings together previously silo-based security and IT tools and allows for ongoing and continuous data monitoring and assessing.

Data Management Maturity: Achieving Best Practices (webinar)

  • March 2017
  • Number of views: 372
The Data Management Maturity (DMM) model is a framework for the evaluation and assessment of an organization's data management capabilities. The model allows an organization to evaluate its current state data management capabilities, discover gaps to remediate, and strengths to leverage. The assessment method reveals priorities, business needs, and a clear, rapid path for process improvements. This webinar will describe the DMM, its evolution, and illustrate its use as a roadmap guiding organizational data management improvements.

Advancing Digital Government: Better Decision-Making Through Data Sharing Agreements

  • March 2017
  • Number of views: 2777
Advancing Digital Government: Better Decision-Making Through Data Sharing Agreements
This report describes the purpose and the principles for creating data sharing agreements as well as enterprise wide memorandum of understanding (MOU).  The intent is to avoid surprises and ensure everyone involved knows the parameters for sharing certain types of information.  When possible, enterprise MOUs should be in place that encourage information sharing.  The ultimate outcome is better informed decisions so state government is reaching the outcomes it is seeking for its citizens.

State of Washington: Privacy Modeling Demo (webinar)

  • March 2017
  • Number of views: 1937
State of Washington: Privacy Modeling Demo (webinar)
Government is using more data than ever in rendering services to citizens, yet government has few tools to enforce privacy rules or considerations and can’t simply hire enough to meet the demand for expertise. After consulting with academic and legal experts form the privacy community in Seattle, the state's Chief Privacy Officer, Alex Alben, retained a software firm to create a web application which  returns relevant search requests based on the intended use of personal information in a product or service.

Managing Change: How the Indiana County/State Data Sharing Initiative Mapped Its Way to Success (webinar)

  • February 2017
  • Number of views: 2026
Managing Change: How the Indiana County/State Data Sharing Initiative Mapped Its Way to Success (webinar)
All 92 Indiana counties have voluntarily provided key geospatial data with the Indiana Geographic Information Office. One hundred percent cooperation was not easy and it took several years to accomplish. This presentation focuses on the drivers that encouraged the effort and the resistors that hampered success and how managing both sides of the change equation worked in Indiana.

Data Strategy: Essential for State Governments (webinar)

  • February 2017
  • Number of views: 2752
Data Strategy: Essential for State Governments (webinar)
All state governments need a guided approach to managing their data and information to obtain the maximum value for success in a challenging environment.  An Enterprise Data/Information Management (EDM/EIM) initiative provides the framework for a state to deliver real information knowledge and provide true value to their citizens.  This session provides the framework of the domain known as enterprise data / information management, explains its essential components, gives the reasons that state governments should create a sustained data management program, and demonstrates some benefits that successful state EDM/EIM programs have achieved.

Award Recipient: Washington Technology Employer of Choice Initiative (video)

  • September 2016
  • Number of views: 260
Award Recipient: Washington Technology Employer of Choice Initiative (video)

State of Washington: Technology Employer of Choice Initiative
NASCIO 2016 State IT Recognition Award Recipient in the category of State CIO Office Special Recognition

Executive Summary*
Finding and retaining a cutting-edge technology workforce is the single most important and impactful challenge for the public sector. Moreover, in Washington State,  nearly half of the government workforce is eligible to retire within the next five years. For Washington, this challenge is compounded by the fact that state government competes for talent in a region that has some of the biggest technology brand names in the world, including Microsoft, Amazon, Disney, Expedia, Valve, Apple and more.

The state must be able to position itself as a viable competitor of talent in the region so that agencies can hire and retain the technology workforce  necessary to do business.Talent competitors have been adapting their workforce strategies to be more competitive. Theyhave aligned their strategies to the needs of the millennial and digital native generations, and state government must do the same. Finding strategies that will work in the public sector means taking risks and piloting new ideas. The state’s consolidated technology agency, Washington Technology Solutions (WaTech),  is addressing IT talent management challenges by implementing a diverse set of strategies, including:

Experimenting with self-management (Holacracy)
Piloting physical space changes
Reclassifying state government technology jobs
Hiring for value alignment instead of skills
Finding top talent in innovative ways
Transforming practices in government

Each of these strategies is at a different phase of implementation, but WaTech is already seeing results. By embracing emergent and innovative organizational and recruitment methodologies, WaTech  is helping position Washington state government as a technology employer of choice.

*Read full award nomination

NASCIO 2016 Best Practices

  • September 2016
  • Number of views: 3090
NASCIO 2016 Best Practices

Each year NASCIO honors outstanding IT projects among the states through the NASCIO State IT Recognition Awards. The Awards showcase innovation and excellence in the use of information technology in state government, such as transformational projects and initiatives that address critical business problems, improve business processes and increase citizen engagement in state government.

In 2016, NASCIO's 28th consecutive year of the awards program, volunteer judges selected 12 recipients across 11 categories.

Value and Vulnerability: The Internet of Things in a Connected State Government

  • June 2016
  • Number of views: 12010
Value and Vulnerability: The Internet of Things in a Connected State Government
States are finding that the “Internet of Things” (IoT) can improve efficiency, reduce waste and connect citizens to state services in faster and more affordable ways. But with that value comes vulnerability. States must consider security, privacy, accessibility and standardization when crafting a roadmap for IoT. This policy brief describes ways that states are currently implementing IoT, possibilities for the coming years, and recommendations on avoiding difficulties along the way.
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