NASCIO Releases State CIO and Legal Counsel: Joining Forces for Better Government

LEXINGTON, Ky., Tuesday, November 26 — the National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) today released a guide on building a good state chief information officers (CIO)/legal counsel relationship.

On a daily basis, a number of situations may arise where a state chief information officer (CIO) and legal counsel need to work together. Procurement and contract negotiations, privacy, cybersecurity, personnel actions and litigation including e-discovery are just some of the issues for which having a good working relationship is mutually beneficial.

“In the fast paced and challenging world of state CIOs, it’s imperative they forge trusted relationships,” said Doug Robinson, NASCIO executive director. “The legal counsel can be a trusted ally to provide advice and address the inevitable bumps in the road.”

The NASCIO Legal Advisory Committee, with contributions from some veteran state CIOs and legal counsel came up with the checklist. This practical guide is intended for newbie and seasoned legal counsel and CIOs. For more information and to view the checklist, please visit