Corporate Membership
June 23, 2016
Call for 2017 & 2018 Institute Host States
Would your state be interested in hosting the prestigious annual Institute on Management and Leadership in 2017 or 2018? If so, then we want to hear from you. Complete this quick questionnaire by July 15 COB to be considered for either the 2017 or the 2018 Institute. The NASCA Institute is a one-of-a-kind opportunity to showcase your state capital, campus and your administrative team.
You can email Shawn Vaughn  with additional questions.  
Longtime NASCA Supporter and State Member Retiring
Kimberly K. Hood was appointed as the executive director of the Utah Department of Administrative Services (DAS) in 2006 and after 9 ½ years, Kim is retiring from her post on July 1, 2016. 

Kim's achievements include creating a shared services operations model as well as a shared services center for budget and accounting. She implemented a program throughout the department to identify risks and opportunities to the department's overarching goals. The Department of Administrative Services made significant improvement under Kim's leadership in terms of efficiency and effectiveness of operations, developing the workforce, customer satisfaction, and cyber and emergency preparedness.
Kim not only lead Utah's DAS but she has been a valiant leader for NASCA, serving on the association's Executive Committee for over 6 years, including serving as the President from 2009 to 2010. Kim's leadership and dedication have been instrumental in the resurgence and success of NASCA.

Kim has been an absolute pleasure to work with and she will be greatly missed at NASCA. The governor has appointed Kenneth A. Hansen to serve as interim executive director. He brings more than 35 years of experience in state government to this new role.
2016 Awards Program Series
NASCA Innovations in State Government

NASCA is preparing to kick off the Innovations in State Government awards program next month. This awards program was established to recognize state administration department programs that exemplifies best practices. This awards program will recognize one outstanding state government initiative in each the following categories;

  • General Services (procurement, fleet, mail, printing, supplies, surplus)
  • Infrastructure (facilities, construction, information technology, telecommunication)
  • Financial Management (risk management, accounting, state budget, state insurance, audit)
  • Personnel (human resources, professional development training)
The go-live dates will be sent out soon. Click here  to learn more about the Innovations in State Government awards program.

Would you like to volunteer as a judge to review award submissions? Email Shawn Vaughn to sign up.

National Walton Leadership Award

We plan to open the nominations for the National Walton Leadership Award in mid-August. This award  was established to recognize state chief administrators for their passion, outstanding service and commitment to state government. The award was created last year to honor Ray Walton for his service and dedication to NASCA and state government.  Ray Walton was the Executive Director for NASCA and the former Director and Chief Operating Officer for the Iowa Department of Administrative Services.
Click here  to learn more.

NASCA Lean Program, "Lean Journey: Transforming the Public Sector"
June 24, 2016
Columbus, Ohio
Many state are gathering for a one-day NASCA Lean Journey Roundtable this week in Columbus, Ohio. Lean Ohio and Washington's Lean Transformation Services are coming together to share best practices and lessons learned from their lean journey. The roundtable speakers include;
  • Robert Blair, Director, Ohio Department of Administration
  • Tim Krall, Deputy Director for LeanOhio
  • Chris Liu, Director, Washington Department of Enterprise Services
  • Renee Smith Nyberg, Director of Washington Lean Transformation Services, Department of Enterprise Services
  • Darrell Damron, Assistant Director, Washington Lean Transformation Services, Department of Enterprise Services
The April 21 Lean Webinar slides and recording are both now available.
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Upcoming Partner Association Meetings
July 14-17, 2016
Des Moines, IA

July 24-27, 2016
Biloxi, MS

August 7-10, 2016
Big Sky, MT

August 14-17, 2016

August 21-25, 2016
Washington, D.C.

September 17-21, 2016 Orlando, FL

September 25-28, 2016 Minneapolis, MN

October 13-14, 2016
Alexandria, VA

October 5-7, 2016
Olympia, WA

November 9-11, 2016
Atlanta, GA
Washington, DC
Stay Connected
NASCA 2016 Institute Sponsors:

PREMIER (Member)


GOLD (Member)

SILVER (Member)

Don't forget to utilize the state group listserv to stay connected with fellow states. 
2016 Institute on Management and Leadership

The NASCA Institute on Management and Leadership is just around the corner and the planning is in high gear. The planning committee has selected the following state's for the mini case studies; 

  • Ohio Department of Administrative Services - Central data center
  • Tennessee Department of General Services - Facilities management 
  • Colorado Department of Personnel and Administration - Wellness program

Click here to register. 

Available Sponsorships:
  • Gold (Member) $10,000
  • Silver (Member) $5,000
  • Gold (Non-member) $12,000
  • Silver (Non-member) $7,000
Click here to learn more or to secure a sponsorship before we sell out.

NASPO-NASFA-NASCA Joint P3 Meeting Recap
Within state governments, there is a growing interest in exploring public-private partnerships (P3s) as a financing methodology for infrastructure projects and other complex procurements. At its core, a P3 is aimed at leveraging private capital to address needs in a cost-effective way.
While the potential benefits to taxpayers are compelling, the complexity and risk associated with P3 initiatives create significant considerations for state governments. Thoughtful planning, preparation, research, partner selection and management are among the essential elements for success.

NASCA and its stakeholder partners from the National Association of State Procurement Officials (NASPO) and National Association of State Facilities Administrators (NASFA) have a shared interest in shaping appropriate policies to guide P3s from concept to successful completion.

To address this shared interest and to begin a dialogue around P3s, NASCA, NASFA and NASPO representatives gathered for a one-day, facilitated meeting, held in conjunction with the Governing Summit on Infrastructure and Public-Private Partnerships in Santa Monica, Calif on May 12-13, 2016. Each organization was represented by 3-4 state government officials plus representatives from their staff.

On Thursday, May 12, the state leaders participated Governing's Summit on Infrastructure and Public-Private Partnerships. The summit brought together 50+ public officials to discuss and build upon the insights learned in developing Governing's "Guide to Public-Private Partnerships: Balancing Risk, Reward and Value." 

On Friday, May 13, the three association representatives participated in a facilitated roundtable, 
moderated by Governing Publisher Mark Funkhouser.


The National Association of State Budget Officers (NASBO) advances state budget practices through research, policy analysis, education, and knowledge sharing among its members. (NASBO) has been the professional membership organization for state budget and finance officers. As the chief financial advisors to our 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.

NASCA sends a warm welcome to NASBO's newly appointed Executive Director, John Hicks. John previously served as a Deputy State Budget Director in Kentucky, where he has held a variety of positions in state budgeting for the past 32 years. As Deputy State Budget Director, he oversaw the budget development and budget execution process, and managed much of the budget and support staff in the office. Over the years Hicks has been the lead staff person in several areas including post-secondary education, capital projects and debt, criminal justice, workforce development and natural resources and environmental protection.

Upcoming events:
August 7-10, 2016 Big Sky, MT
October 13-14, 2016 Alexandria, VA
Click here to review the newly released NASBO Spring 2016 Fiscal Survey of States report. Some key findings from the report include:
  • A majority of individual states (29) have yet to surpass their fiscal 2008 spending levels adjusted for inflation, while revenue totals in 23 states remain below fiscal 2008 levels.
  • Total general fund spending grew 5.5 percent in fiscal 2016, equal to the 38-year historical average, while the median growth rate was 3.8 percent.
  • With revenue growth only expected to be 2.9 percent in fiscal 2017, governors recommended modest spending growth of 2.5 percent.
  • Governors recommended a mix of tax increases and decreases for fiscal 2017, with 13 states having net increases and 15 states with net decreases.
  • While some states have recently tapped reserves, 25 states increased their rainy day fund balances in fiscal 2016, and 27 states proposed increases in fiscal 2017.
Learn more about NASBO at:

Is your department hiring for key roles? Send the postings directly to Shawn Vaughnto be included on NASCA 's Career page. This service is complimentary to all states. Send the following information for the listing; t itle, d epartment, s tate, c losing date and l ink to more information.  
Upcoming Webinars
Partner Webinar - National Conference of State Fleet Administrators (NASFA)
Products and Services Roundtable Discussion
Tuesday, June 28, 2016 at 10:30 AM CDT

This is a member's only discussion. Join representatives from the NCSFA Executive Committee as they lead a discussion of the products and services NCSFA provides to its members. Give your feedback on what you need from NCSFA. The roundtable will be hosted using WebEx. Instructions to join the WebEx will be sent in your registration confirmation email.

NASCA Webinar - Solicitation and Management of Large Contracts
Thursday, July 28, 2016 at 3:00 pm EDT

This webinar is open to all states and corporate members. Contract management is a critical area of focus for state administrators. Government more than ever is trending more toward using third party vendors, as that practice continues, States will need to improve their capacity to manage vendors to effective outcomes with smaller state workforces.  But in most cases, the management of contracts is left to individual heroes in agencies, with little to no organizational structure to create and instill best practices across the board. What needs to be done, and how to begin? This webinar will discuss what  states are doing today regarding establishing contract management practices, and attendees will hear from one of the leaders in creating an innovative approach to contract management. 
  • Dugan Petty (NASPO ValuePoint), Lead Analyst in Governing's survey of state procurement practices and former president of NASPO
  • Don King (Missouri Contract Management Office), Director of highly regarded statewide contract management program
  • Dustin Lanier (Moderator, Civic Initiatives LLC), Lead analyst in multiple statewide procurement assessments
Additional information will be sent out in early July. 
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