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Key TakeawayThe Outlook For Congress
It’s almost August, which means we’re coming to the end of the Congressional session. As of today, there are only two weeks left until Congressional representatives flee the Capitol for their summer recess district work period.  After that, 10 days of session are planned in September, 2 in October, and that’s it until the end of the 2014 fiscal year. 

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The World Cup ended yesterday (props to Germany, although I was rooting for Messi and Argentina), but did you know that tomorrow is the LAST day you can submit a comment on the FCC’s net neutrality plan? As of Friday, the FCC had received more than 647,000 comments.  If you'd like to join the crowd, the FCC established an inbox for comments at after a rush of commenters may have led to a crash of their website last month. (Editorial note: you will still be able to post reply comments on net neutrality for another 2 months, so plenty of time to respond to other's thoughts!). On to the news...

Key Takeaway: U.S. Senate Focuses on Cyber
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Today we welcome Jessica Mueller to the NASCIO team as our new research coordinator. In addition to providing research support on IT policy issues and inquires, Jessica's major responsibilities include handling special research projects, maintaining our mobile apps catalog and managing the NASCIO Community. She'll also support our social media presence and help to coordinate logistics for the D.C. Fly-In. 

Jessica has a background in marketing research, managing online communities, social media engagement strategies and ​a year of
international work experience in Oman. She's a graduate of Eastern Kentucky University with a degree in business administration with a concentration in marketing. Jessica has a long list of academic and athletic awards, however we promise not to hold that against her! 

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Welcome to the World Cup “I Believe” edition of the Weekly WHAT, where we're still reeling from that Portugal goal but looking forward to tomorrow’s game. GO USA!

Key Takeaway:
Bipartisan Reform of Workforce Program Will Have Tech Implications
The Senate is poised to pass H.R.803, the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), which has an excellent chance of being signed into law. The bipartisan, bicameral bill is an update to the Workforce Investment Act with an objective of streamlining and focusing job training programs to create “a system that prepares workers for the 21st century workforce, while helping businesses find the skilled employees they need to compete and create jobs in America.”  So why are we talking about in the NASCIO weekly WHAT? 

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Here’s to all the Fathers out there.  I hope you all had the fantastic day/weekend you deserved with your loved ones! On to the headlines tailored for that #1 public sector tech dad (or mom, or single person)...

Key TakeawayNASCIO Releases FirstNet Survey Report
In case you missed it, NASCIO released its report on state progress in the planning of the FirstNet nationwide public safety broadband network.  The report, the first to provide a comprehensive overview of state progress, shows a multitude of approaches being taken by state governments, along with significant progress when it comes to governance and outreach.  You can find the report here.  There’s a wide range of media coverage that you can check out, as well: here

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My alternate titles for this post were "There must be Something in the Water" or "What's Wrong with Doug?however I regret to report we have another staff transition on the NASCIO team.  Samantha Wenger, our Research Coordinator has accepted a great opportunity with a national firm and is leaving NASCIO.  She can now put her MBA to work!

With her research responsibilities, Sam contributed to the success of our association in several ways, but most prominently in her roles as managing the NASCIO Community, the project lead for the Mobile Apps catalog and handling logistics for the annual DC Fly-In. The improved NASCIO Community platform is a direct result of Sam’s hard work and persistence.  

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Key Takeaway:

House Slashes Online ID Program and Pilot Funding

Last Friday, the House of Representatives passed a spending bill including less funding and language intended to wind down the administration’s efforts to replace the online username/password with a more secure proof of identity.  The House Commerce, Justice, Science and related agencies (CJS) Appropriations bill would only provide $5.9 million of the requested $16.5 million for the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) program known as the

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Here's our latest Weekly Washington Headlines And Tech Blog info to help you wind down your work-week! Key Takeaway:

Administration Report Concludes No Additional Cybersecurity Regs Needed A report by the Obama administration concluded no further development of cybersecurity regulations are necessary at this time. Under the Executive Order Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity (

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Here’s a quick tech update for you to take you into the holiday weekend! Thanks to those who have served and those who made the ultimate sacrifice for their nation.

Key Takeaway: States Continue Evaluating Changes to Health Exchanges

Nevada announced it will be jettisoning its current exchange and will utilize during the next open enrollment, which begins November 15. The state plans to consider setting up a new state exchange in 2015.  

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While the WHAT has been far less than weekly in the run up to the NASCIO Midyear Conference, we're back this week with some updates. For those that missed the conference, you can find details, the full agenda, and the presentations on our website. On to the news... Key Takeaway: NASCIO D.C. Fly-In

Along with attending the Midyear, NASCIO state members came to Washington DC on

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Chad Grant, Senior Policy Analyst will be departing NASCIO in a couple weeks to take a position with a government affairs and public relations consulting firm.  He will be attending (and working) the 2014 Midyear Conference in Baltimore, so many of you will get to visit with him before his departure. 


Chad joined NASCIO over four years ago and has been a valuable contributor to the success and growth of the association. His strong policy work, research briefs, committee support and cultivation of strategic partner relations will be missed.  Chad's grasp of technology policy issues and professional growth has been significant, so it doesn’t surprise me that he wants an opportunity for greater responsibilities. 

We wish Chad the best and know he'll do well in the future.

We're seeking qualified candidates for the Senior Policy Analyst position. See the job posting here -

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Congress isn’t in session this week or next, there are still some key items happening... and I don’t mean the cherry blossoms or NHL playoff hockey.  Here’s the latest...

Key Takeaway: DATA Act Passes Senate; House Passage Likely

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Key Takeaway State and Local Cyber Framework Kickoff and Incentives

On Thursday, March 27, the National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST) hosted a State and Local Government Cybersecurity Kick-off Event.  The event, which hosted a cross-section of state and local officials both in person and via webcast, provided an overview of the framework, incentives available to the state and local governments, and action being taken by stakeholder groups such as the National Governors Association (NGA) and NASCIO.  NASCIO Executive Director Doug Robinson presented on current trends in state cybersecurity and NASCIO activity around the framework as part of the event.  A number State CIOs and CISOs attended the event in person.

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The Secretariat to the Identity Ecosystem Steering Group (IDESG) announced the following results for the 2014 Election for Stakeholder Delegates. Congratulations to Dave Burhop from the Common Wealth of Virginia. Dave will also be speaking at the NASCIO Midyear conference in Baltimore, MD.
  • Delegate, 1. Privacy & Civil Liberties: Adrian Gropper (Patient Privacy Rights)
  • Delegate, 2. Usability & Human Factors: Steve Bruck (BruckEdwards, Inc.)
  • Delegate, 3. Consumer Advocates: Jim Barnett (AARP)
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Lots to cover this week, but first, let me wish everyone a good Saint Patrick's Day / Purim. It's the best holiday mash-up since thanksgivukkah. On to the news...
Key Takeaway:
FCC Seeks More Information on E-Rate Modernization

The FCC is continuing its look at how to support the President’s

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You’ll be forgiven if you missed that the administration released its 2015 budget this week, as most of the news focused on the crisis in Ukraine. While budget caps make unpacking this budget a more straightforward affair than in some other years, it still gives solid insight into the priorities of the administration.

While there are breakdowns of the overall tech budget available

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We are looking forward to our 8th Plenary at Symantec Headquarters in Mountain View, CA. IDESG, Inc. greatly appreciates Symantec's sponsorship of this upcoming Plenary. Unlike previous Plenary Meetings,
ADVANCED REGISTRATION IS MANDATORY for the 8th Plenary Meeting in order to comply with Symantec Security and Visitor NDA (non-disclosure agreement) pre-requisites.


IDESG 8th Plenary Meeting

April 1-3, 2014

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States to get security services to boost cyber info sharing

Source: GCN

The Department of Homeland Security is rolling out a plan to offer states and territorial government organizations a set of free managed security services, including intrusion detection and prevention, netflow analysis and firewall monitoring.

The services will be provided by the Center for Internet Security’s Multistate Information Sharing and Analysis Center (MS-ISAC), a 24x7 operations center that provides real-time network monitoring, threat warnings and incident mitigation and response. 

The plan is part of a multipronged effort to boost government threat information sharing and cooperation called for in the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Cybersecurity Framework, a set of voluntary guidelines released by NIST in February to promote the protection of critical systems and management of cybersecurity risk. 

Phyllis Schneck, DHS deputy undersecretary for cybersecurity for the National Protection and Programs Directorate (NPPD), said making the managed services available and adopting the NIST framework a key step making local government information systems secure. 

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Key Takeaway: The Governors Take D.C. For Winter Meeting
If it was a bit quieter in your state the last few days, it may be because your Governor was in Washington, DC.  The National Governors Association (NGA) held its Winter Meeting, along with the Democratic or Republican Governors Association meetings that are held in conjunction.

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ICANN Issues Advice to IT Professionals on Name Collision Identification and Mitigation


ICANN, the international body responsible for oversight of the Internet’s Domain Name System (DNS), has issued comprehensive advice to IT professionals worldwide on how to proactively identify and manage an issue known as “domain name collision”.


In a report titled Name Collision Identification and Mitigation for IT Professionals, ICANN explains the nature and causes of name collision and proposes a range of possible solutions.


A name collision occurs when an attempt to resolve a name that is used in a private name space (e.g., under a non-delegated Top Level Domain, or a short, unqualified name) results in a query to the public DNS.  To explain the issue using an analogy, consider calling for “Mary” in your office where you’ve assumed there’s only one “Mary”, and then calling out “Mary” in a shopping mall and expecting that “office Mary” will respond.


Domain name collisions are not new.  However, with up to 1,300 new generic Top Level Domains (TLDs) being introduced over the next year, there is an increased level of concern and ICANN is ensuring that IT professionals are aware of the issue.  The ICANN report addresses some concerns that a number of applied-for new TLDs may be identical to names used in private name spaces.

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