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State IT Procurement: we want to hear from YOU!

By Meredith Ward posted Jun 18,2018 03:27 PM


For the past two years NASCIO has been heavily focusing on state IT procurement reform with the following:

  • In February 2016, we issued a call to action for state IT procurement reform which was endorse by the National Association of State Procurement Officials (NASPO).
  • In July 2016, NASPO invited NASCIO to a joint roundtable to discuss the recommendations and results of which were published
  • In October 2017, NASCIO and NASPO established a joint task force on IT procurement negotiations and released a joint roadmap which included 18 recommendations for IT procurement reformation and transformation.

So, what’s next? Earlier this spring NASCIO convened a Roundtable on IT Procurement Innovation to focus on how the private sector can play a role in NASCIO’s IT procurement reform efforts. In 2015, NASCIO surveyed its corporate members and 70% reported being moderately to very dissatisfied with the state IT procurement process. So, we knew this was the next step. The Roundtable is made up of members representing NASCIO’s CLC; NASPO; NASCA (National Association of State Chief Administrators); CompTIA SLED Council; and ITAPS and is co-chaired by Maine CIO Jim Smith and Idaho CIO Greg Zickau.

The Roundtable is tasked with identifying IT procurement innovations and solutions to common IT procurement challenges and helping aid communication between the state and private sector communities in the IT procurement process. In order to do this, WE NEED TO HEAR FROM YOU! What do you think are the biggest reforms that will improve the state IT procurement process? What have you seen that works? Follow this link and tell us all you've ever wanted to say about state IT procurement. Deadline for responses is June 27.


For more information, contact NASCIO’s Meredith Ward (      

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