Watch on Washington Top 5- February 2018

By Yejin Jang posted Feb 19,2018 11:04 AM

1. National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) releases cyber budgeting guide. In late January 2018, NCSL released the "Budgeting for Cybersecurity" guide which aims to help legislators determine whether cyber-related budget requests are "justified and sufficient." The guide also speaks to cyber governance, strategy, training, hardware and software and much more. NASCIO contributed to the report.

2. President Trump releases budget and infrastructure plan. On February 12, President Trump released the President's Budget which proposes cuts to domestic programs like Medicare and increases funding for the military. The President's budget would increase civilian federal IT spending from $45.6 billion in fiscal 2018 to $45.8 billion in fiscal 2019. President Trump also released the much-anticipated infrastructure plan totaling $1.5 trillion. The plan proposes $200 billion over 10 years in federal funding and would require investments from state and local governments as well as private sector partners for the funding difference.      

3. New FirstNet board members. On February 8, 2018 U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross announced the appointment of three new FirstNet board members: Richard Ross, police commissioner in Philadelphia, Pa., David Zolet, CEO of LMI, and Robert Osterhaler, retired Air Force Brigadier General. Secretary Ross also reappointed sheriff Richard Stanek of Hennepin County, Minn. to the FirstNet Board. The appointees will serve a three-year term which expires in January 2021.

4. FCC doubles intergovernmental advisory committee (IAC) and seeks volunteers. The IAC is a body within the FCC that is composed of state, local, and tribal officials and is tasked with advising the Commission on telecommunications issues that affect local, state, and tribal governments. On January 11, the FCC announced that it would double the composition of the current IAC from fifteen to thirty members and seeks volunteers to fill those vacancies and three existing vacancies. More information on qualifications and participation requirements can be found here.

5. Governors react to net neutrality via executive orders. In response to the FCC's plans to repeal net neutrality rules, three governors from MontanaNew York, and New Jersey have responded via executive order which would require ISPs that have contracts with the state to abide by net neutrality rules.

See full NASCIO Connections February 2018 edition here.