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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...

Chief Information Officer for the Commonwealth of Kentucky Featured in NASCIO State CIOs Make a Difference Campaign
June 8, 2015

 LEXINGTON, Ky., June 8, 2015 – The work and leadership of Jim Fowler, chief information officer (CIO) for the commonwealth of Kentucky is the current focus of the ongoing State CIOs Make a Difference campaign. The National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) will profile the initiatives and accomplishments of CIO Jim Fowler and the Commonwealth Office of Technology (COT) over the next two weeks to bring recognition to the valuable role of CIOs and information technology in the states.

Fowler and the COT’s campaign profile will specifically highlight the restructuring of the commonwealth’s IT infrastructure resources and services, including the consolidation initiative to assist agencies in focusing IT efforts on public services and business operations. Other highlights of the campaign include the commonwealth’s communication efforts between agencies, the Kentucky Business One-Stop portal, and plans of extending...
Utah Chief Information Officer Mark VanOrden Featured in NASCIO State CIOs Make a Difference Campaign
May 28, 2015

LEXINGTON, Ky., May 28, 2015 – The National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) continues its State CIOs Make a Difference campaign by featuring State Chief Information Officer (CIO) Mark VanOrden and the Utah Department of Technology Services.

Over the next two weeks, NASCIO will profile the accomplishments and main areas of focus for Utah’s Department of Technology Services. The campaign will specifically highlight the success and cost savings of Utah’s portal – Utah.gov – which offers a variety of state government services online, including a mobile-first perspective for mobile device users and a number of mobile and web applications designed to provide Utah citizens with convenient access to state services and information. For more information on Utah’s work in this area, please see the information sheet provided.

“It is our goal in Utah to make it easier for our residents to interact with all...

NASCIO Releases Unmanned Aerial Systems, Governance and State CIOs: On the Radar
May 27, 2015

LEXINGTON, Ky., May 27, 2015 — The National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) released a policy brief on state government use of unmanned aerial systems (UAS) today. The paper focuses on the myriad ways UAS are deployed in state government and why state CIOs should be actively engaged in the governance and use of UAS.

“In NASCIO’s 2014 State CIO Survey, we asked state CIOs to characterize their role with respect to UAS in their state and 63.5 percent said they were not on their radar. We believe UAS should be on the radar of every state CIO, which is why we developed this policy brief,” explained NASCIO Executive Director Doug Robinson. 

The paper encourages state CIOs to focus on data standardization, privacy, safety, communications infrastructure and security issues when developing a governance model for UAS. The paper also encourages state CIOs to play an active role in the governance...

NASCIO Backpack Give Back at the 2015 Midyear Conference
May 14, 2015

120 backpacks filled with school supplies donated to Alexandria City Public Schools’ Family and Community Engagement Center

LEXINGTON, Ky., May 14, 2015 — State and corporate members of the National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) raised funds for backpacks and school supplies to benefit kindergarten students in Alexandria City Public Schools (ACPS) while attending the 2015 Midyear Conference in Alexandria, VA, April 26-29. NASCIO members stuffed 120 backpacks to be distributed to students through ACPS’s Family and Community Engagement (FACE) Center and raised an additional $1,000 in funds for the organization.

Each fall, many Alexandria students face the prospect of starting school without adequate supplies. "By coming together as a community, we can ensure all students have the basic tools to start the school year with confidence," said FACE Manager Krishna...
NASCIO Launches State CIOs Make a Difference Campaign
May 12, 2015
Jim Smith, Chief Information Officer for Maine, Recognized for Work in the Office of Information Technology
 
LEXINGTON, Ky, May 12, 2015 – Over the next two weeks, the National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) will feature the work and strategic direction of the office of information technology (OIT) for the state of Maine and state chief information officer (CIO) Jim Smith. Areas of focus include the OIT’s introduction of agile methodology to project development, risk management for cyber and disaster recovery, business process management to increase efficiency and transparency, as well as practices around workforce development in the state’s information technology fields.
 
“To build our foundation for the future, we need a very strong Project Management Office that works in partnership with our agencies, the right...
NASCIO Meets With FirstNet Regarding State Plans and Business Model
April 29, 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C., April 29, 2015  – Today NASCIO’s members met with the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) to discuss how states and FirstNet will proceed in planning and deploying a nationwide interoperable public safety broadband network.

NASCIO members expressed particular interest in looking at how state plans will be developed and presented to the states, as well as what the business model FirstNet chooses will mean for the sustainability of the network and potential impact to states as partners and customers.

“A positive and productive relationship between FirstNet and the states will be crucial for the viability of the network,” explained NASCIO Vice President and CIO for the state of New Mexico Darryl Ackley. “This is a tremendously large and ambitious undertaking; states and FirstNet need to be working towards unified goals with a common understanding of who has what responsibility.”

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