NASCIO Releases 2018 Federal Advocacy Priorities: Focus on Innovation and Efficiencies

WASHINGTON, D.C., Thursday, January 18, 2018 – Today, the National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NACSIO) released its 2018 federal advocacy priorities. NASCIO’s federal advocacy priorities include:

  1. Harmonize disparate federal cybersecurity regulations and normalize the audit process
  2. Recognize state authority and ongoing innovation with emerging technology
  3. Information sharing and safeguards: meeting citizen expectations

Fact sheets regarding the above priorities can be found at:

“NASCIO’s 2018 advocacy priorities reflect the work and ambitions of state CIOs across the country. State CIOs continue to seek efficiencies within state government through efforts like IT consolidation/optimization, which for my state has reaped over $351 million in savings and IT cost avoidance. However, voluminous and conflicting federal cybersecurity regulations often pose a challenge in our ability to do so and it is our hope that our federal partners will work with state CIOs to harmonize regulations and normalize the audit process,” said NASCIO president and Oklahoma CIO Bo Reese.

With emerging technology, the 2017 State CIO Survey revealed that when compared with previous years, more state CIOs are incorporating networked devices into their state’s IT strategic plans and creating roadmaps for adoption and utilization. NASCIO data further indicate that state CIOs are taking a collaborative role in emerging IT and working with state government agencies in decision-making. “State CIOs recognize the need to address emerging technology by design rather than default and are embracing their role in these discussions,” said NASCIO executive director Doug Robinson.

Regarding information sharing, NASCIO will continue to advocate for the adoption of the National Information Exchange Model (NIEM) among relevant stakeholders. Promoting information sharing as an advocacy priority reflects the increasingly important role of data and analytics within state government through which state governments aim to better serve their citizens.

The association’s federal advocacy priorities are selected by NASCIO’s executive committee and reflect policy priorities as indicated by association members ( . NASCIO aims to add to policy discussions taking place within the federal government sphere as they relate to the business of state government IT.