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FirstNet   hearing  On October 12, the House Homeland Security Committee's Emergency Preparedness, Response, and Communications Subcommittee invited GAO, FirstNet, and DHS to testify on the current state of interoperable communications at the  hearing  "Assessing First Responding Communications." Much of the hearing focused on FirstNet and addressing challenges related to coverage, user adoption, and network resiliency.   New Hampshire Out?   NH's Statewide Interoperability Executive Committee (SIEC)  unanimously (15-0; 2 abstentions) recommended  that the state opt out of the FirstNet state plan. On October 16, Governor Sununu ...
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Agile: The Sixth Sense

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I was flipping the remote and stumbled upon one of my favorite movies; The Sixth Sense. The key point in the movie which I assume requires no spoiler alert; is when the child Cole, explains to Bruce Willis’ character that “I see dead people” and goes on to explain that “they only see what they want to see and hear what they want hear.” I have always loved this section of the movie; especially as it is a clue that Willis’ character is in fact a spirit suffering from the exact issue he is attempting to resolve. Furthermore, we as the audience get to see all the clues that went unnoticed; actions and interactions, Willis wasn’t interested in addressing throughout ...
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Relive #NASCIO17 Annual!

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[RESOURCES NOW AVAILABLE]  Session resources are available on the  conference agenda.  Materials are linked in the sessions descriptions. Video recordings coming soon.  [NASCIO GIVES BACK]   Through the generosity of NASCIO attendees, NASCIO made a total donation of $11,055 to Kids In a New Groove . This donation helps in KING's efforts to provide one-on-one music mentorship to Central Texas youth in foster care. [BY THE NUMBERS]   Relive #NASCIO17 with this infographic . ​
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Devices are getting smarter. Today, home monitoring systems arm themselves when the owner leaves the house and adjusts the thermostat to save energy. Travel assistant apps send messages with gate information as soon as a person’s plane lands. Smartphones determine a person’s driving destination, calculate the commute time, and automatically route around traffic jams. Data is synced to the cloud and available on any device, anywhere. People expect the same type of personalized, relevant service from government. Conversational user interfaces are changing the way people access information, advancing the need to utilize the latest technologies for government as ...
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Data Management and Analytics  presented as #7 on the  State CIO Top Ten Strategies , Management Processes and Solutions for 2017.  Data Management  presented as #6 and  Business Intelligence and Business Analytics  presented as #4 on the Top Ten Technologies, Applications and Tools for 2017.  Data management continues to surface as a critical concern for state government and that is what prompted NASCIO to form the NASCIO Data Management Working Group.    Whether it is an effort to kick start an open data initiative, researching big data capabilities, sharing information across agencies or jurisdictions, establishing a business intelligence competency ...
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Citizens want to interact digitally with government. It’s not just the young. People of all ages are happy to have service delivered digitally as long as they are targeted, easy to use and secure. Personalization not only offers a better citizen experience, it can deliver the holy grail of agile, low cost operations. All it takes is a new era of information sharing between government, NGOs, businesses, communities and individual citizens. So, where do we go from here? It’s time to re-assess. I want to suggest that the first generation of digital Government – think of it as eGovernment 1.0 – is reaching its conclusion. We knew there was a need to deliver ...
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This month, we interviewed Kristen Duus, President of IT Solutions Management (ISM), an affiliate of the American Public Human Services Association (APHSA) and Chief Information Officer of Oregon's Department of Human Services and the Oregon Health Authority. We asked her about the use of agile methodologies and cybersecurity.  Q: What is your role in the state? A: I lead the technology office for Oregon's two largest state agencies: the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) and the Department of Human Services (DHS). We are a shared services entity that provides the technology needs for both agencies.  DHS programs include vocational rehabilitation, seniors ...
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Cloud and cloud services are two areas of discussion that still are on the forefront of state and local CIOs strategic IT plans.  In fact, according to the latest statistics, Cloud computing and onDemand Cloud managed services are the fastest growing technology areas for state and local governments.  The true definition of Cloud is still not widely agreed upon but what can be agreed upon is that Cloud is and will continue to be part of any IT organization's strategy and DNA.  Cloud implementations can allow modernization of applications as well as keeping infrastructure refreshed at a regular basis.  From a financial perspective, onDemand Cloud computing can ...
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For years now states have been working toward consolidation of their information technology services. States find it more efficient, affordable, cleaner, more user friendly and easier to manage. Along with this often goes the consolidation of the state data centers. Traditionally, each agency had a data center and was responsible for the maintenance, security and staffing required to manage it. Once consolidated, many states have been able to move as many as 35 or more data centers into just one or two. The benefits are considerable. First and foremost, data center consolidation can save a state hundreds of millions of dollars over just several years. ...
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On June 21, NASCIO vice president and Oklahoma CIO, Bo Reese, brought attention to an issue unique to the state CIO and CISO community; harmonizing federal cybersecurity regulations. Reese testified before the   Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee (HSGAC) "Harmonizing Cybersecurity Regulations"   hearing about complex federal cybersecurity regulations and the disjointed and inconsistent audit process that usually accompanies these regulations. Reese spoke about disparate federal regulations and the impact to state government IT, highlighting the fact that these regulations encourage cybersecurity investments based on compliance ...
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The change of US presidency brings a focus on the agility of government IT systems. A rule of thumb is that you have 60 days to implement large mandates – 30 days for smaller ones – in US state and federal governments. These expectations place a strain on aging government systems that may not be able to effectively respond. I wanted to take a look at whether the “ Government-as-a-Platform ” approach of the UK government may offer a model that other Public Sector organizations could follow to build agility into their IT infrastructure – and provide a solid foundation for increased Digital Transformation. Let’s face it. No government on the planet has ...
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Digital communications and social media are critical to an association like NASCIO. For several years we've leveraged capabilities with our website, online collaboration platform, social media channels and webinars to serve our members and the broader IT community.  More recently we've focused on analytics, infographics, gamification and other tools to target and engage our members with digital interaction. For a small association like NASCIO, it's imperative that we effectively communicate the association’s brand in the marketplace through digital mediums.  Danielle Doak joined us a few weeks ago and is dedicated executing on our strategies with digital ...
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Blockchain seems to be a magic word to open conversations in almost every sector.  That's certainly the case in state government.  NASCIO will be presenting a trend setting   webinar on June 22nd with the team from the Illinois Blockchain Initiative.  States are constantly looking for ways to improve the delivery of government services using secured, reliable channels that protect our citizens identity and which prevent fraud, waste and abuse. Blockchain technology and economics are transformational and will require some transformational activities in preparation for employing blockchains.  Most of the activity will be focused on the technology.  But looming ...
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When we leave our homes in the morning, we lock the door. Some items are put away in drawers while other items are protected further in a fire safe. We take the time to classify our belongings and assign different levels of protection to them based on their value to us. Data held by states should be no different. As has been the case in the last several years, the number one priority for State CIOs on NASCIO's annual Top Ten list for 2017 was security and risk management. Included in that category is "budget and resource requirements, (and) data protection." As cybersecurity threats increase and become more sophisticated, unfortunately state budgets ...
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I’ve been a technology geek all my life and fortunate to serve in the public sector for over 20 years. You might agree with my belief that we are facing one of the most disruptive times in recent history. A few things really jump out at me: hyper-scale (cloud) computing going mainstream and the emergence of a new generation of cybercriminals.   As a former state CIO and NASCIO board member, I enjoy discussing the challenge of cybersecurity for state government IT infrastructures, and the pros and cons of cloud vs. on premise environments. NASCIO lists security and risk management as the No. 1 priority for state CIOs —with good reason: The average cost ...
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I’ve been a technology geek all my life and fortunate to serve in the public sector for over 20 years. You might agree with my belief that we are facing one of the most disruptive times in recent history. A few things really jump out at me: hyper-scale (cloud) computing going mainstream and the emergence of a new generation of cybercriminals.   As a former state CIO and NASCIO board member, I enjoy discussing the challenge of cybersecurity for state government IT infrastructures, and the pros and cons of cloud vs. on premise environments. NASCIO lists security and risk management as the No. 1 priority for state CIOs —with good reason: The average cost ...
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State CIOs face the challenge of balancing the management of resources, the oversight of regulatory policies, and responding to incidents that could impact national security, all while handling sensitive citizen information. Luckily, a robust data analytics program provides visibility into their data across the organization and can help to manage these often competing responsibilities while providing  great benefit to constituents. Data analytics are vital to organizations that rely on insights to more effectively manage operations, inform citizen trends and mitigate potential risks. This was recently reinforced by the National Association of State CIOs (NASCIO) ...
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State CIOs face the challenge of balancing the management of resources, the oversight of regulatory policies, and responding to incidents that could impact national security, all while handling sensitive citizen information. Luckily, a robust data analytics program provides visibility into their data across the organization and can help to manage these often competing responsibilities while providing  great benefit to constituents. Data analytics are vital to organizations that rely on insights to more effectively manage operations, inform citizen trends and mitigate potential risks.   This was recently reinforced by the National Association of State CIOs ...
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This month, we spoke with Eric Mill, Senior Advisor, GSA Technology Transformation Service, and Marina Fox, the .Gov Domain Services Manager. We spoke to them about their efforts driving HTTPS adoption within federal domains to inform state CIOs about how they could do the same. Internal NASCIO data suggest that many (roughly 80 percent) state government websites have already adopted HTTPS; remaining states are encouraged to promote HTTPS adoption by borrowing from the lessons and tools of our federal government partners. Q: What is your role? What do you do at GSA? Marina Fox is the .Gov Domain Services Manager, responsible for leading the .Gov domain ...
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For this month's issue, we interviewed Timothy Blute, Program Director in the Homeland Security and Public Safety Division within the NGA's Center for Best Practices. This year, Tim has focused his efforts on the NGA's Chair's initiative or Governor McAuliffe's Meet the Threat: States Confront the Cyber Challenge which aims to help states develop strategies for strengthening cybersecurity practices as they relate to state IT networks. Additionally, NGA will be kicking off their winter meeting February 24-27 where the issue of cybersecurity will be discussed; NGA will also be hosting cybersecurity focused meetings/summits in March and June as part of the ...
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