NASCIO Continues State IT Procurement Reform Campaign with Renewed Calls for Acquisition Reformation and Transformation

SAN DIEGO, Calif., Tuesday, October 23 — The National Association of State Chief Information Officers today renewed its call for information technology (IT) acquisition reform by releasing A View from the Marketplace: What They Say About State IT Procurement. The publication, a product of the NASCIO Roundtable on IT Procurement Innovation, focuses on the role the private sector can play in the state IT acquisition process (not just the IT procurement process). The publication includes feedback from NASCIO’s private sector members as well as the following recommendations for all involved in the state IT acquisition process:

  • Work together to shorten the IT acquisition process
  • Build relationships and improve communication and transparency
  • Modernize IT acquisition strategies to enable innovation
  • Cross-educate state and private sector teams

“During our work on the roundtable, one participant told us she had two children during one sales cycle,” said Meredith Ward, NASCIO senior policy analyst. “Clearly, shortening acquisition times and working together to ensure the process produces the best possible outcome for states is key.”

Members of the roundtable included state and private sector participants from the following invited associations:

  • National Association of State Procurement Officials (NASPO)
  • National Association of State Chief Administrators (NASCA)
  • Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) SLED Council
  • IT Alliance for Public Sector (ITAPS)

A copy of the publication can be found on NASCIO’s website,