Preparing for Future Shocks in State Government: State CIOs Play an Important and Expanding Role in Resilience

State CIOs face a range of issues that could test the resilience of their states, their teams and themselves —from future public health crises and cyber threats to climate change, workforce shortages and disruptive new technologies. In this new report from NASCIO, the Center for Digital Government and IBM, these issues are explored and CIOs give insight on how they are facing these challenges.


Creating A Citizen Centric Digital Experience: How Far Have We Come?

This report is the culmination of some fairly extensive research, a survey of state CIOs, and interviews.  This was created as a NASCIO President’s Initiative for 2023. The report is anchored in a ground breaking report on digital government published by NASCIO in 2001. The 2023 report evaluates what progress has been made toward making digital government a reality across the states and territories since that initial report in 2001.

This report presents what we’ve learned, the drivers and challenges for delivering a digital citizen experience, recommendations for advancing digital capabilities and what state CIOs see as the future of digital state government.

We recommend the reader also view the report and video that were published in 2001. And, ask yourself, “what progress have we made since 2001?” We think you’ll agree with our assessment. We have made very good progress and now we have more aspirations that have changed a bit based on what has worked and what hasn’t worked.


What’s Trending in State and Local Government IT? Your Opportunity to Ask the Executive Directors

The audience is in the driver’s seat for this webinar as we take your questions on the latest trends impacting state and local government CIOs. What are the areas of focus of IT executives? What’s the latest on budgeting, operational and management priorities for state and local IT? What works, and what doesn’t, when it comes to building effective partnerships and strategies for collaboration and innovation? With all the buzz around AI, we will take a look at what CIOs should be considering as they meet with policy leaders and internal customers as the interest in deploying AI for government services grows.

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The Role of the State CIO in Fraud Reduction and Prevention

Fraud poses a significant risk to the integrity of state programs and erodes public trust in government. As digital services increase so does the risk of fraudulent activity. This panel of state CIOs will discuss the current landscape, lessons learned from fraud-prevention initiatives and what the role of the CIO office could be and should be moving forward.

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Express Talk: Human-Centered Design

Digital government and digital services rank second on the State CIO Top Ten Priorities list and this year’s presidential initiative is the State CIO’s role in improving the citizen experience. In this Express talk, presented as a fireside chat, Tarek Tomes and Nikhil Deshpande discuss Minnesota’s initiatives to promote people-centered digital government services.
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Express Talk: Workforce

State CIOs ranked workforce third on the 2023 State CIO Top Ten Priorities list. Not surprising given that state governments are facing workforce constraints spurred by the great resignation, the Covid-19 pandemic and other economic pressures. In this Express Talk, Lisa Jammer shares practical advice and real-world examples of how the Texas Department of Information Resources (DIR) is attracting, retaining and advancing their workforce. DIR was recently named one of the Top Workplaces in the U.S.A. for the second year in a row.

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Keynote with Don Yaeger | The Art of Storytelling

The Art of Storytelling: Increase Influence, Captivate Customers, and Develop Deeper Relationships
Don Yaeger has been called “one of America’s greatest storytellers” by many of today’s great business and thought leaders.

Through decades of work and research in this space, Don has discerned the 10 Elements of a well-told story.

Now he’s structured those elements into a presentation that takes each audience member through a journey from their scribbled down ideas to a place where they are able to tell their story that provides lasting impact and deeper relationships.

Don’s teachings will fine-tune your ability to:

  • Know the right story to tell for the listener sitting before you
  • Be able to make that story resonate and evoke the proper response
  • Understand when to use credibility-building detail within the telling of your story
  • Connect your story in a way that prompts valuable response and action from the listener

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Actively Managing the IT Investment Portfolio: A Playbook for State Government

This report is a retrospective recap of state approaches to state government enterprise portfolio management. The operating disciplines employed in four states are presented.  These include the Commonwealth of Virginia, the state of Washington, the state of Illinois and the state of Maryland.  Each state presented different aspects of enterprise portfolio management as well as reinforcing the importance of supporting disciplines in investment management, enterprise architecture and customer experience.

Six plays are presented as essential plays for initiating and sustaining an enterprise portfolio management discipline.

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Navigating the Metaverse: Potential Applications and Implications for State Government

Today, more than ever before, citizens are able to remotely access state government services. With an increasing emphasis on digital government services in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, states are providing more opportunities for citizens to conduct government business without standing in line or searching for parking. With the click of a mouse or tap on a smart phone we can renew our driver’s license, apply for benefits or request a birth certificate. While convenient, these activities lack human interaction and can become frustrating when you have a unique situation and can’t find an answer. But what if we could bring back the positive side of the human interaction that we have lost, but still do all of this from home or the office? Enter the metaverse in state government.

This publication from NASCIO highlights some use cases for how states are using metaverse adjacent technologies such as virtual and augmented reality and explores some potential uses cases applying the metaverse to state government. The publication also highlights steps that states should consider before applying the metaverse to state government.


Securing States: Modernizing to Attract & Retain Cyber Talent

This publication is a culmination of a partnership between NASCIO and NGA, which started in 2022, to assist states in identifying the concrete actions they can take now to bridge the cybersecurity workforce gap. NASCIO and NGA convened Governors’ policy advisors, state information technology and cybersecurity leaders, workforce professionals and other experts to provide a forum for sharing experiences and best practices. This publication details the current state of play and summarizes the insights aggregated during this meeting, as well as previous related efforts by NASCIO and NGA to facilitate discussion on this topic.

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