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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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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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