NASCIO Releases 2020 Federal Advocacy Priorities: Continues Call for Harmonized Cyber Regulations

WASHINGTON, D.C., January 22, 2020 — Today, the National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NACSIO) released its 2020 federal advocacy priorities. As state CIOs are asked to take on an increasing role to protect state and local governments from a constant barrage of cybersecurity threats, NASCIO’s advocacy priorities reflect the importance of collaboration between states and the federal government to ensure cyber resiliency. The priorities are:

  • Harmonize Disparate Federal Cybersecurity Regulations and Streamline the Audit Process
  • Ensure Dedicated Cybersecurity Funding for State and Local Governments with CIOs as Key Decisionmakers
  • Advocate for Widespread Adoption of DotGov Domain
  • Recognize State Authority and Ongoing Innovation with Emerging Technology

Fact sheets regarding the above priorities can be found at .

“NASCIO’s primary advocacy efforts focus on building awareness of state IT issues and advancing the role of the state CIO, and these advocacy priorities will help us do just that,” said Eric Boyette, NASCIO President and Secretary and Chief Information Officer for the State of North Carolina. “NASCIO looks forward to working with our federal partners to expand visibility on these and other important issues.”

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


Meredith Ward
Director of Policy and Research
National Association of State Chief Information Officers