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NASCIO Issues Part II of Guidance for State CIOs on IT Accessibility
August 27, 2015

The National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) today released part II of a brief on accessibility in information technology (IT) procurement. Part I, released in July, 2015, introduced a new, policy-driven approach to information and communications technology (ICT) accessibility for state CIOs, procurement organizations, and vendors. Part II includes states in practice and adoption information for states.

NASCIO has long advocated for a broad interpretation of enterprise architecture and a governance model with a connection to business processes and a roadmap that informs both the state’s procurement of IT and the supplier community. One issue that has not received enough attention and is an imperative in today’s society is accessibility in ICT and the process to integrate these requirements in state government procurement.

“As significant buyers of information and communications technology, states have an...

NASCIO Recognizes Outstanding Achievements in State IT: Finalists Announced for 2015 NASCIO State IT Recognition Awards
August 11, 2015

LEXINGTON, Ky., Tuesday, August 11 — The National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) has selected 44 IT initiatives in 11 categories as finalists for the State IT Recognition Awards. This year’s high quality of nominations shows that states continue to innovate and achieve great results.

The prestigious awards program, in its 27th consecutive year, honors outstanding information technology achievements in the public sector. Four finalists have been named in each award category; one initiative per category will be announced as the award recipient at the upcoming NASCIO Annual Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah. Projects and initiatives from NASCIO member states, territories, and the District of Columbia were eligible for nomination.  Finalists were selected by the NASCIO Awards Committee from a field of more than 100 nominees.

“Unlike many award programs that honor state IT projects, NASCIO awards are...

NASCIO Issues Guidance for State CIOs on IT Accessibility
July 30, 2015

LEXINGTON, Ky., Thursday, July 30, 2015 — To mark the 25th anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) today released a brief on accessibility in information technology (IT) procurement. This is the first brief in a two-part publication on accessibility in procurement. Part II, to be released in August, will include states in practice and adoption information for states.

This initial brief introduces a new, policy-driven approach to information and communications technology accessibility for state CIOs, procurement organizations, and vendors. Policy-Driven Adoption for Accessibility (PDAA) can help strategically drive a culture of accessibility, generating accessible products and services. The benefits of using PDAA tools include improving marketability and reducing risk to both vendors and procurement organizations by addressing inclusiveness and equal...

Robinson Receives CoSA 2015 Advocacy for Archives Award
July 27, 2015

LEXINGTON, Ky., Monday, July 27, 2015 — Doug Robinson, Executive Director of AMR client the National Association of State Chief Information Officers, has been honored by the Council of State Archivists as one of two recipients of CoSA’s 2015 Advocacy for Archives Award.

The award recognizes individuals providing strong support of state archives and records management programs as well as the work of the Council of State Archivists. Anne W. Ackerson, Executive Director of CoSA, said, “Doug has a deep understanding of the role of archivists and records managers as part of technology governance and operation. Additionally, he shares that understanding not only with members of his own organization, but also with other associations and government officials. He has been instrumental in providing information to state and local government archivists and records managers so that they can better understand the evolving technology landscape in the...

Yejin Cooke Joins the National Association of State Chief Information Officers as Director of Government Affairs
July 23, 2015
LEXINGTON, Ky., Thursday, July 23, 2015 — The National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) has welcomed Yejin Cooke as the new director of government affairs. In this role, Cooke will be responsible for advancing NASCIO’s federal advocacy agenda, policy positions, and strengthening the association’s alliances with key strategic partners. She will also work to ensure state chief information officer perspectives are represented in shaping federal legislation and policies on key state IT issues.
 
“Yejin’s background, skills and experience are ideal for representing our association and advocating NASCIO's positions,” said Doug Robinson, NASCIO executive director.
 
Cooke is formerly an associate legislative director at the National Association of Counties (NACo) where she managed a broad portfolio of issues related to telecommunications, broadband, FirstNet,...
State CIOs Face Significant Challenges in Making the Right IT Investments: NASCIO- Infosys Public Services Survey
July 9, 2015

Majority of investments directed to maintaining overly complex IT systems, leaving little for building a stable enterprise systems foundation or for innovation

LEXINGTON, Ky., July 9, 2015 – State IT departments generally understand the value of operating more like an enterprise and less like a collection of independent agencies. However, the transition to an enterprise-like state is difficult as they struggle to implement the necessary changes to improve efficiency, drive innovation and ultimately save taxpayers’ dollars, according to a survey commissioned by the National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) and Infosys Public Services, a U.S.-based subsidiary of Infosys.
 
Doug Robinson, Executive Director, NASCIO, said: “While state IT departments are starting to address shortcomings in their decision criteria and processes, there is still a lot to be done....
Secretary of Technology and State Chief Information Officer Suma Nallapati, Colorado Governor’s Office of Information Technology, Profiled in NASCIO State CIOs Make a Difference Campaign
July 6, 2015

LEXINGTON, Ky., July 6, 2015 – The Governor’s Office of Information Technology (OIT) and Secretary of Technology and Chief Information Officer Suma Nallapati are focusing on daily innovations and getting back to the basics  to improve customer experience for citizens in Colorado.

The National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) will feature Nallapati and the Colorado OIT’s initiatives and core mission over the last two weeks of its State CIOs Make a Difference campaign. Nallapati and the OIT’s profile will specifically highlight the Colorado Benefits Management System and work done to safeguard citizen’s sensitive data through Colorado’s Risk and Audit Committee. For Colorado, getting “back to basics” ensures customer service is at the core of all innovations.

“Innovation means better solutions – from effective, efficient, elegant and sustainable solutions to the...

State Chief Information Officer Paul Baltzell and the Indiana Office of Technology Make a Difference through Data Analytics
June 22, 2015

LEXINGTON, Ky., June 22, 2015 – State Chief Information Officer (CIO) Paul Baltzell and the Indiana Office of Technology (IOT) are the most recent state technology officials to be featured in the State CIOs Make a Difference campaign due to the profound impact the state is making in citizen lives through the use of technology and data analytics.

Over the next two weeks, the National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) will profile the initiatives and accomplishments of Baltzell and the IOT to bring recognition to the valuable role CIOs and information technology play in states. Baltzell and the IOT’s campaign profile will specifically highlight the research and efforts to identify a high-risk population for infant mortality in order to target intervention programs and improve survival rates among infants in the state.

“We are affecting things that really matter,” said Baltzell, “and maybe we can...

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