February 2016

In This Issue:
Top Stories
NASCIO Issues Calls for State IT Procurement Reform

NASCIO today issued a call to action for state IT procurement reform. In the 2015 survey, The Value Equation, roughly one-half (47%) of state CIOs exhibit negative outlooks on IT procurement processes-a number which is consistent with results from the 2010, 2012 and 2013 surveys. Additionally, NASCIO's corporate partners are 70% moderately to very dissatisfied with the state IT procurement process.

NASCIO believes that there are five actions states can take to improve the IT procurement process:
For more information, visit www.NASCIO.org/procurement

To submit information for the next edition, contact Meghan Penning , NASCIO Connections editor.
Events of Interest
Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society HIMSS16 Conference and Exhibition
February 29-March 4, 2016
Las Vegas, Nevada
National League of Cities Congressional City Conference 2016
March 5-9, 2016
Salt Lake City, Utah
American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators Workshop and Law Institute
March 9-10, 2016
Cincinnati, Ohio
National Association of State Auditors, Comptrollers and Treasurers NASC 2016 Annual Conference
March 16-18, 2016
Salt Lake City, Utah
National Association of State Procurement Officials How to Market to State Governments Meeting
March 20-23, 2016
Atlanta, Georgia
National Association of State Budget Officers Spring Meeting On State Fiscal Conditions
March 31-April 1, 2016
New Orleans, Louisiana
What's Next for State CIOs and State Government IT

The new eBook from Route Fifty and NASCIO takes a look at the current state government IT landscape, reviews some of the most compelling state projects and challenges, and highlights the leading issues the state CIO community and their leaders are dealing with in their arenas.

NASCIO provides two topical Newsbriefs which will be delivered via email to you each week on Enterprise Architecture
and Cybersecurity

To view current issues and subscribe, visit 

NASCIO Newsbriefs are provided by Information Inc.
Thank You to Our 2016 Midyear Sponsors


Amazon Web Services
BMC Software
CGI Technologies & Solutions Inc.
Compuware Corporation
Dell Inc.
DLT Solutions, LLC
EMC Corporation
Gartner, Inc.
Harris Corporation
KSM Consulting
MorphoTrust USA
Pure Storage
Xerox Public Sector Solutions

CA Technologies
Capgemini Government Solutions
Lenovo US
SAP Public Services

CTERA Networks
First Data
Pegasystems Inc.
ThreatTrack Security

Deloitte Consulting LLP


NASCIO Conference News

2016 Midyear Conference
Save the Date for May 3-5, 2016. The NASCIO Midyear Conference will take place at the Hyatt Regency on the Inner Harbor in Baltimore, Maryland. For state members, the Fly-In will be held Friday, May 6.

Scott Klososky will open the Midyear Conference with the keynote, Technology Infused Leadership. Check the Midyear site for agenda updates.  

Roundtable Submission:
Corporate members - submit your Roundtable Topics by March 7 for inclusion in the session Conversations on Collaboration.

Sponsor Registration is Open:
NASCIO corporate members may click here to register and view sponsor information. The following sponsorship levels are currently available on a first-come, first-served basis until March 18:

Gold Sponsor - 1 available
Member Center Sponsor - 1 available
Interactive Technology Sponsor - 1 available
Silver Sponsor - 1 available
Bronze Sponsor - 4 available

NASCIO Give Back

Give Back donations will support Maker Foundations, a flagship after-school program of the Digital Harbor Foundation (DHF). Over 14 weeks, middle and high school students learn a variety of Maker skills - coding, graphic design, 3D printing, electronics and more - and combine these skills to create their own capstone projects. 
Learn more about NASCIO Give Back.

Scheduled Web Outage

NASCIO will have a web outage Tuesday, March 1 from 7:00 to 7:30 p.m. Eastern for a fiber network upgrade. We apologize for any inconvenience during the outage.

Celebrate State IT: Submit Your State's Story for Recognition 

The NASCIO State IT Recognition Awards honor innovation and excellence in the use of information technology in state government. NASCIO is seeking nominations of innovative and transformational projects that address critical business problems, improve business processes and increase citizen engagement in state government. Nominations for the State IT Recognition Awards will be accepted March 1 through May 13. View award categories and guidelines.

Kick Off the NASCIO Awards Season on March 2 at 3 p.m. Eastern

The kickoff celebration will highlight what's new this year and will feature state member tips for finding the best stories in your state. Make plans to join us.

Upcoming NASCIO Webinar

CyberCorps┬«: Scholarships for Service 
Tuesday, March 8 at 3:00 p.m. Eastern 

Benjamin Scribner
Department of Homeland Security (DHS)
National Cybersecurity Education & Awareness Branch (CE&A)
Daniel Stein
Department of Homeland Security (DHS)
National Cybersecurity Education & Awareness Branch (CE&A)

The Department of Homeland Security National Cybersecurity Education & Awareness Branch will speak on the Scholarship for Service (SFS) program. SFS prepares students to enter the government workforce, specializing in cybersecurity and information assurance and is intended to increase the number of cybersecurity professionals in the United States.

Award Recipient Spotlight:
State of Colorado

The NASCIO State IT Recognition Awards honor outstanding technology achievements in state government. Learn about the 2015 award recipients through the spotlight series. Award submissions from 2001 to present can be found in the
award library.

Cross Boundary Collaboration and Partnerships
Universal Application: Partnering for Colorado

Secure Colorado: Achieving Quick and Sustainable Risk Reduction

Watch on Washington
from NASCIO Director of Government Affairs Yejin Cooke
FirstNet extends deadline for bids; provides answers to RFP questions
On February 19, FirstNet released the first set of answers to the questions it received about its RFP. Most queries focused on administrative action and the procurement process. Questions and answers can be found here. In addition to the release of the Q&A, FirstNet also extended the deadline for final RFP responses to May 13, the original deadline was April 29. Click here to view FirstNet's press release on these items.

POTUS announces cybersecurity national action plan, establishes CISO position
On February 9, the President released his last fiscal budget and along with it, several policy items related to cybersecurity. Namely, the President announced the Cybersecurity National Action Plan (CNAP) which includes several action items like establishing a federal CISO, establishing a $3.1 billion IT modernization fund, and increasing civilian cyber defense teams, among others. The plan also calls for establishing the Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity; President Obama recently named former White House national security adviser Tom Donilon and former IBM chief executive Sam Palmisano to lead the group. Details about CNAP can be found here.

Cybersecurity Information Sharing interim guidelines released
DHS has issued preliminary guidance on how the private sector and government will communicate cybersecurity threat information as part of the Cybersecurity Act of 2015 (commonly referred to as the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act or CISA) that was signed into law in late 2015. DHS has released preliminary guidance on: sharing cyber threats by the federal government; guidance to assist non-federal entities (this includes states) to share cyber threat indicators with federal entities; interim procedures related to the receipt of cyber threat indicators by the federal government; and interim guidelines on privacy and civil liberties. Final guidance is statutorily required by June.

GSA's 18F to partner with State and Local
18F is a team of digital consultants housed within the General Services Administration (GSA) that helps federal agencies "build, buy, and share efficient and easy-to-use digital services." On February 23, 18F announced that it would expand its consulting and acquisition services to assist federal agencies that provide grants to state and local programs. The expansion grew out of a successful pilot between 18F, HHS, and California's Department of Social Services. Specifically, 18F helped California upgrade the state's legacy child welfare system. Robin Carnahan, former Missouri Secretary of State, will lead 18F's new State and Local Government Practice. Click here to view the press release.
Meet Our Newest Members
New Chief Information Officer:
  • Archana Vemulapalli, Acting Chief Technology Officer, District of Columbia
New Corporate Member:
  • Optum
New NonProfit Member:
  • National Association of State Chief Administrators (NASCA)
New Associate Members:
  • City of Huntington Beach, CA
  • Queensland Government Chief Information Office
Committee and Working Group Updates

The  NASCIO Broadband and Telecommunications Committee held a call on February 23 and discussed state broadband services and rates, FirstNet, and NG911. The Broadband Committee is currently soliciting ideas for future calls which can be emailed to Yejin Cooke at ycooke@NASCIO.org.
The Cybersecurity Committee February call featured a presentation from Florida Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) Danielle Alvarez.  The next meeting is March 15 and will include a presentation from Indiana CISO Hans Vargas on the Indiana ISAC.
During the February webinar of the National Innovation Forum, the group heard  from Joy Paulus on Washington State's Innovation Lab and Eric Ghahate on the New Mexico RISTRA project.  The next webinar will be March 9 and will be titled "Collaboration Across States: A Forum."
The State IT Procurement Modernization Committee will hold its next call on  March 9. The call will feature a discussion on MMIS procurement from Montana Chief Information Officer Ron Baldwin.
The first call for the Privacy and Data Protection Working Group was February 24. The Working Group heard about the West Virginia Privacy Program from Sallie Milam and discussed future topics.
NASCIO: Making Connections
NASCIO Executive Director Doug Robinson attended and spoke at the following meetings in February:
  • Outlook in the States Meeting, February 2-3
  • Harrisburg University, Certified Government CIO Program, February 18
  • NACo Legislative Conference CIO Forum, February 19

NASCIO Director of Government Affairs Yejin Cooke
spoke about NASCIO priorities to NGA's Governor's Homeland Security Advisors Council on February 2 and gave a presentation to the National Association of Regional Councils on State IT Trends, February 8.
NASCIO Committee and Working Group Schedule
  •  Executive Committee
    - Thursday, March 3 at 4 p.m. Eastern
  •  National Innovation Forum
    - Wednesday, March 9 at 12 p.m. Eastern
  •  State IT Procurement Modernization Committee
    - Wednesday, March 9 at 2 p.m. Eastern
  •  Cybersecurity Committee
    - Tuesday, March 15 at 2 p.m. Eastern
  •  Corporate Leadership Council
    - Wednesday, March 16 at 3 p.m. Eastern
  •  Broadband and Telecommunications Committee
    - Tuesday, March 29 at 2 p.m. Eastern
  •  Privacy and Data Protection Working Group
    - Wednesday, March 30 at 3 p.m. Eastern 
Corporate Member Partner Profiles
Each month, NASCIO randomly draws three corporate members to be featured in the monthly newsletter. Click here to view a complete list of NASCIO's corporate partners.
Amazon Web Services
Contact: Frank Digiammarino
Title: Director, US State and Local Government, World Wide Public Sector
Address: 12900 Worldgate Dr, Ste 800, Herndon, VA 20171
Phone: 703.561.9600
Website:  www.aws.amazon.com

Amazon Web Services' Worldwide Public Sector Team offers cloud computing services to Government, Education, Healthcare, and Non-governmental organization customers globally. With the cloud, public sector IT professionals no longer need to plan for IT infrastructure months in advance, but rather can be operational in minutes. Learn more at www.aws.amazon.com.
SAP Public Services
Contact: Lauren Erikson
Title: Marketing Manager, State and Local Government
Address: 3999 West Chester Pike, Newtown Square, PA 19073
Phone: 781.325.3756

SAP is one of the world's leading providers of business-software solutions. With help from the SAP for Public Sector solution portfolio, which includes analytics, mobile, and cloud technologies, government professionals can provide quality information, security, and accessibility through always-on access and the latest technology innovations from SAP.
SHI International Corp
Contact: Deborah Giles
Title: National Director, Government Affairs
Address: 1301 W Mopac, Ste 375, Austin, TX 78730
Phone: 512.694.0082
Website:  www.shi.com

SHI is a $5 billion global provider of information technology products and services. From software and hardware procurement to deployment planning, configuration, data center optimization, IT asset management and cloud computing, SHI offers custom IT solutions for every aspect of your environment.

Privately-held and under the guidance of our current ownership since 1989, SHI has experienced tremendous growth in size and scope through neither merger nor acquisition. Our organic growth and two decades of stability are a direct result of backing a highly-skilled and tenured sales force with software volume licensing experts, hardware procurement specialists and certified IT services professionals. As the industry-leading, complete IT solutions provider, SHI's goal is to foster long-term and mutually beneficial relationships with our customers and partners.