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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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It has been just about a year since NASCIO released its call to action for state IT procurement reform ( www.nascio.org/procurement ), and what a year it has been. The call for reform-which included recommendations like improving the negotiations process and introducing more flexible terms and conditions-was shortly thereafter endorsed by the National Association of State Procurement Officials (NASPO). We lobbed it over the fence, they caught it, and since then we have both run with it. In July of last year, NASCIO and NASPO held a joint roundtable which brought CIOs and CPOs together to discuss the call for reform and how to move forward. ...
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While many of the NASCIO Top Ten Priorities have remained somewhat constant through the years, this may be the first time that each one can be addressed through the power of open source. Budget, Cost Control, Fiscal Management are often front of mind as state IT organizations are told to do more with less. Open source software has cost effectively helped with Legacy Modernization of proprietary technologies, Consolidation/Optimization of disparate systems into standard operating environments, and creating a vendor-lockin-free playing field as agencies move to both public and private Cloud Services . Unlike proprietary vendors who can hide security ...
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While many of the NASCIO Top Ten Priorities have remained somewhat constant through the years, this may be the first time that each one can be addressed through the power of open source. Budget, Cost Control, Fiscal Management are often front of mind as state IT organizations are told to do more with less. Open source software has cost effectively helped with Legacy Modernization of proprietary technologies, Consolidation/Optimization of disparate systems into standard operating environments, and creating a vendor-lockin-free playing field as agencies move to both public and private Cloud Services . Unlike proprietary vendors who can hide security ...
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While many of the NASCIO Top Ten Priorities have remained somewhat constant through the years, this may be the first time that each one can be addressed through the power of open source. Budget, Cost Control, Fiscal Management are often front of mind as state IT organizations are told to do more with less. Open source software has cost effectively helped with Legacy Modernization of proprietary technologies, Consolidation/Optimization of disparate systems into standard operating environments, and creating a vendor-lockin-free playing field as agencies move to both public and private Cloud Services . Unlike proprietary vendors who can hide security ...
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On Thursday, January 12 at 3 p.m. (Eastern) NASCIO and the Public Technology Institute (PTI) will present the 2017 Tech Forecast via webinar . Ahead of that event, we wanted to talk to PTIs executive director, Dr. Alan Shark, for his views on state and local government collaboration, issues on the top of minds of local CIOs, and the vision behind their recently announced co-location plans with NACo. Please tell us about PTI membership. Our membership is mostly cities and counties across the US. And while we have a few large cities like New York, Dallas and large counties like Los Angeles and Alameda counties there are more members that are mid-size ...
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October is Archive Month and in recognition of that and Electronic Records Day on October 10 th , we spoke with Council of State Archivists (CoSA) President Patricia Smith-Mansfield (Utah), Vice President Timothy Baker (Maryland), and CoSA Executive Director Anne Ackerson about state archives role and responsibility within government and how their work intersects with the work of state CIOs. CoSA is the only national nonprofit association serving exclusively the countrys 56 state and territorial archives by advancing their needs to stakeholders and the public. Q: Could you tell us about the work of state archivists? Whats in your wheelhouse of responsibility? ...
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Earlier this year, NASCIO launched an information technology (IT) procurement reform campaign and released 5 recommendations for improved state IT procurement ( www.NASCIO.org/procurement ): * Remove unlimited liability clauses in state terms and conditions * Introduce more flexible terms and conditions * Don't require performance bonds from vendors * Leverage enterprise architecture for improved IT procurement * Improve the negotiations process The recommendations were endorsed by the National Association of State Procurement Officials (NASPO) and the two associations have been working closely on reform efforts in the time since. ...
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This month, we sat down with National Association of Secretaries of State Executive Director Leslie Reynolds to learn more about the NASS membership and issues relevant to their sector of government. Founded in 1904, NASS is the nation's oldest, nonpartisan professional organization for public officials. The association serves as a medium for the exchange of information between states and fosters cooperation in the development of public policy. Can you describe the membership for the National Association of Secretaries of State and what they do? Our members are secretaries of state and lieutenant governors from the 50 states and U.S. territories. ...
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Lori Rempe recently joined us as our new Membership and Communications Coordinator. She comes to NASCIO with nearly ten years of association management experience, all in membership development and solutions. She has additional training in communications and project management and brings a wealth of experience in collaboration and relationship management. As NASCIO continues to grow, this is an important aspect of our development as Lori will be working on corporate member relationship management. Coming to the NASCIO Annual Conference in Orlando? You'll get to meet her in person. Please welcome Lori to NASCIO! Lori Rempe Membership and ...
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When one hears the term "Internet-of-Things" (IoT) the mind immediately goes to refrigerators and coffee pots communicating with our smart phones and cars. Case studies surrounding government use of IoT involve "smart cities" and sensors on parking spots, or the Department of Defense using RFID chips to monitor supply chain. So what does IoT mean to state government? States are currently implementing IoT in a variety of ways. Schools and agency buildings are monitored in real-time for energy efficiency. Sensors and smart phone applications are monitoring traffic road conditions to provide updated information for drivers and to increase safety. States ...
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This month, we interviewed Alexa Noruk, Government Relations Director for the National Emergency Management Association (NEMA). NEMA provides a unified voice and a common message on behalf of state emergency management agencies. NEMA also leads the National Homeland Security Consortium; NASCIO is a member. Please tell us about NEMA’s membership. NEMA was founded in 1974 and we represent the state emergency management officials from the 50 states, territories, and D.C. About half of our membership also serve as homeland security advisors and that has definitely evolved over the last decade. We saw this trend toward consolidating different departments ...
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A few weeks ago, NASCIO Vice President and Connecticut CIO Mark Raymond testified at the House Homeland Security Committee hearing, "Enhancing Preparedness and Response Capabilities to Address Cyber Threats." Between Mark and me, we invested several days and many hours to writing testimony, developing answers to anticipated questions, preparing the oral statement, and researching committee members - all of this for five minutes of speaking time at the hearing. You may be asking why we invested so much for five minutes of fame. I'll tell you! Being invited to testify at a congressional hearing accomplishes much more than what may meet the eye. As a ...
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This month, we interviewed Susan Frederick, Senior Federal Affairs Counsel for the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL). NCSL is supports, promotes, and advocates on behalf of its state legislator membership. In March 2016, NCSL established their first Cyber Task Force which will operate for two years. NCSL’s Cyber Task Force will focus on cyber issues confronting state government. Could you describe the typical day for a state legislator? As you probably know most legislatures are part time bodies that only meet for certain parts of the year. I would say there are two separate days and lives – there’s a day in the life of the legislator ...
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NASCIO recently released guidance on cyber disruption response planning. This is a first version report and it is the intention of NASCIO to continue to publish on this topic. Input from across the NASCIO community in reaction to this guidance is highly sought. This report emphasizes getting started by establishing relationships with key stakeholders. Those relationships are critical to developing the necessary governance, communications and operating discipline for cyber disruption response planning. Cyber disruptions are events of high magnitude lasting weeks to months. States and local governments must partner now to develop necessary capabilities ...
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I recently attended the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP) Global Summit in Washington, DC. Wow. Along with thousands of my newest privacy professional friends, I spent a couple of days listening to engaging sessions about various aspects of privacy and thinking big thoughts about data protection. Companies have been in the privacy game for a while now. Big companies have certified privacy professionals. Privacy in state government, while incredibly important, isn't as much of an evolved institution. While at the summit, I got together with a couple of privacy professionals ...
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In this month’s Perspectives from Partners, we interviewed John Hicks, executive director of the National Association of State Budget Officers (NASBO). About NASBO: For over 70 years, the National Association of State Budget Officers (NASBO) has been the professional membership organization for state budget and finance officers. As the chief financial advisors to the nation’s governors, NASBO members are influential decision makers in state government. They guide their states in analysis of budget options and formation of sound public policy. NASBO exists to support its members in their critical job functions by: Providing information and ...
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The First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) is an independent federal government authority with the mission to deploy the first high-speed, nationwide wireless broadband network for public safety. Once operable, the FirstNet network will enable interoperable communications between jurisdictions and agencies across city, county and state lines around the country. The public-safety grade LTE network will also put next generation technology into the hands of first responders, improving situational awareness, efficiency and effectiveness during emergency response. In January 2016, FirstNet released is Request for Proposals (RFP) for the deployment of the ...
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In last month's NASCIO Connections, you may have seen that NASCIO issued a call to action for state IT procurement reform, and you may have noticed that we have been talking about procurement a lot lately. So why all of the procurement talk and why is this important? You may know that every year, NASCIO surveys our state CIOs on important issues and publishes a report about what we ask. So, in the 2015 report, just like in the 2013, 2012 and 2010 reports, about half of state CIOs have reported negative feelings about the state IT procurement process. Additionally, in December of last year, we asked our private sector partners how they felt about the state ...
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The First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) is an independent federal government authority with the mission to deploy the first high-speed, nationwide wireless broadband network for public safety. Once operable, the FirstNet network will enable interoperable communications between jurisdictions and agencies across city, county and state lines around the country. The public-safety grade LTE network will also put next generation technology into the hands of first responders, improving situational awareness, efficiency and effectiveness during emergency response. In January 2016, FirstNet released is Request for Proposals (RFP) for the deployment of the ...
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