Corporate Membership
March 18, 2016
NASCA Top 5 Focus Areas: pre-survey results
NASCA recently surveyed the state membership in preparation for launching their first-ever online state best practices clearinghouse. The pre-survey asked states to identify what their department would benefit from focusing on during the next year and at the 2016 Institute. The overall goal of the clearinghouse is to support states by providing best practices and create an atmosphere for state collaboration.
Next, NASCA's Best Practice Taskforce will develop the NASCA annual survey, which will identify state best practices in the following areas;
1. Analyzing shared service models
2. Creating a shared enterprise vision
3. Creating a culture change
4. Effectively utilizing state performance metrics
5. The following tied for 5th
    a)       Capturing, organizing and analyzing data
    b)      Motivating and engaging employees
    c)       Improving procurement processes and procedures
NASCA and N ASPO Co-Hosted State Government Partner Association Meeting
In late January, seven state government partner associations came  together at NASCA's headquarters to discuss 2016 policy priorities and  identify  intersection of common issues. The event was co-hosted by NASCA and NASPO. Participating organizations included:

*    National Association of State Chief  Information Officers
*    National Association of State Facilities Administrators (NASFA)
*    National Association of State Auditors, Comptrollers and     
     Treasurers (NASACT)
*    National Association of State Technology Directors (NASTD)
*    National Association of State Personnel Executives (NASPE)
*    National Association of State Procurement Officials (NA SPO)
*    National Association of State Chief Administrators (NASCA)

This meeting idea was born out of a conversation held at NASCA's 2015 In stitute  last October in Denver.  During the Institute partner association panel: "Responding to Convergence," several of the partners acknowledged  that the  associations should work together more because they shar e many ov erlapping interests and commonalities in priorities. NASCA and NASPO decided to take this idea and make it a reality. Working closely together, client team staff planned the jointly held meeting to talk about common policy iss ues from each association for
 2016.  To prepare for the meeting,  NASCA and  NASPO  client team staff gathered  2016 policy priority lists from each association and created a   much-talked-about  State Government Partners' Crosswalk, which demonstrated how each organization's issues intersect.

During the meeting, the partners discussed the common issues recognized in  the Crosswalk, including recruitment and retention; enterprise vision and planning; budget and funding Issues; and disaster planning. In breakout groups, the association partners worked through specific challenges faced by respective memberships and the tactics the associations are using to address them.  You can download a detailed recap of the meeting  here .  The partners concluded that this meeting would be very beneficial to host once per year.  
Purchase Power:  A Special Report on State Procurement by GOVERNING
The Governing Institute surveyed state procurement offices to assess how well they operate - including their use of technology, how they engage with vendors and how effectively central procurement offices work with agencies. The states were scored in the following ten categories;

  • Relationship management
  • Sourcing
  • Contract administration
  • Use of technology
  • Information technology procurement
  • Workforce, training and certification
  • Organizational culture and leadership
  • Pre-sourcing and procurement planning
  • Organizational structure and authority 
  • Performance measures.

The top 25 state include, in ranking order:

    1.    Georgia
    2.    Virginia
    3.    Minnesota
    4.    Utah
    5.    Massachusetts
    6.    Ohio
    7.    Missouri
    8.    Washington
    9.    Michigan
   10.   Montana
   11.   Oregon
   12.   Pennsylvania
   13.   Delaware

14.   West Virginia
15.   Maine
16.   California
17.   Mississippi
18.   Indiana
19.   Vermont
20.   Idaho
21.   Florida
22.   North Dakota
23.   Wisconsin
24.   Arkansas
25.   Oklahoma 


Click here to read the full report. 
NASCIO and NASPO Call for Collaboration on Information Technology Procurement Reform
Two of NASCA's strategic partners, NASCIO and NASPO, have issued a call for collaboration on Information Technology (IT) procurement reform. Both associations recommend the following for states;
*  Remove unlimited liability clauses in state terms and  
*  Introduce more flexible terms and conditions
*  Don't required performance bonds from vendors on
   information technology projects
*  Leverage enterprise architecture for improved IT procurement
*  Improve the negotiations process 

for NASCIO's press release

for NASPO's press release

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July 14-17, 2016
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July 24-27, 2016
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August 7-10, 2016
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August 21-25, 2016
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September 17-21, 2016 Orlando, FL

September 25-28, 2016 Minneapolis, MN
Stay Connected
NASCA 2016 Institute Sponsors:

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NASCA Making Connections:

Sid Johnson, Georgia DAS Commissioner and NASCA Executive Committee member, will provide the welcome at 
the NASPO Marketing Meeting, "How to Market to State Governments" March 20-23, in Atlanta.  Jessica Robertson, Indiana DOA Commissioner and NASCA Executive Committee member, along with Shawn Vaughn, NASCA's Association Director will also be in attendance.
Harvard Kennedy
 School's Ash  Center for 
Democratic  Government 
and Innovation  Award

Applications are now being accepted for the $100,000 Innovations in American Government Awards, a national award program offered by Harvard Kennedy School's Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation for the public sector. Applications and additional information are available  here Applications are due on April 15.

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

Call for Case Studies
Calling all NASCA members! Are you doing interesting, innovative work that involves cross-boundary collaboration, engaging in public-private-partnerships or collaborating with other agencies at the state or city level to improve government operations? If so, then we want to hear from you!
Watch the following video to learn more about the case studies from NASCA's President and Commissioner for Missouri's Office of Administration Doug Nelson.

New this year - b ased on the number of responses received and each submission's degree of alignment with the case study topic selected, NASCA and the Leadership for a Networked World at Harvard will select  three state case studies , which may include a private sector partner, to participate in the process and be featured at the 2016 NASCA Institute.    

Now it's time to submit your case study to be considered for this year's Institute. Click here to see more details and to complete the submission form. The deadline for submissions is  April 7, 2016

Available Sponsorships
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Gold (Non-member) $12,000
Silver (Non-member) $7,000
Click here to learn more or to secure a sponsorship before we sell out.
State Member Institute Guidance 
Getting to Olympia: The recommended airport is Seattle (SEA), which is approximately an hour away from Olympia. The recommended shuttle from the airport to Olympia is  Capital Aeroporter.
Recommended arrival:
It will be best for state attendees to arrive in time to attend the State Member Forum at 2:00 pm on 10/4. This may mean arriving on 10/3, depending on flight availability.
10/4 State Member Forum 2:00 pm -7:30 pm ( basic agenda)
10/5 State Member Forum 7:30 am - 12:00 pm
10/5 Institute kick-off 2:00 pm 
Recommended departure:
It is best that state attendees plan to depart either late afternoon on 10/7 or early 10/8, depending on; flight availability, if you wish to participate in the tour of Washington's Enterprise Department and Lean Management Office or if you decide to stay and enjoy beautiful Washington State.
10/7 Institute concludes 12:30 pm
10/7 Washington Enterprise Department post-event lean tour
All other attendee Institute Guidance
Getting to Olympia: The recommended airport is Seattle (SEA), which is approximately an hour away from Olympia. The recommended shuttle from the airport to Olympia is  Capital Aeroporter.
Recommended arrival:
It will be best for for corporate and partner attendees to arrive in time for the Institute kick-off at 2:00 pm on 10/5. This may mean arriving on 10/4, depending on flight availability. 
10/5 Institute kick-off 2:00 pm 
Recommended departure:
It is best that you plan to depart either late afternoon on 10/7 or early 10/8, depending on; flight availability or if you decide to stay and enjoy beautiful Washington State.
10/7 Institute concludes 12:30 pm

Kathryn Jonston, Acting Secretary
Department of Administration

Mary Jane Pickens, Acting Cabinet Secretary
Department of Administration


National Association of State Facilities Administrators (NASFA)

NASFA is the only association dedicated exclusively to the state facilities professional and the unique challenges they face. Their diverse members are responsible for the planning, development, operations and maintenance of state facilities. Members represent facilities professionals in the departments of administration, transportation, real estate, parks, cor rections, human services, and colleges and universities.
NASFA's  mission is to foster communication and provide leadership in the development and implementation of state facility administration practices. Their purpose is to provide value to 
their members by sharing information, leveraging knowledge, resources, and trends in the industry.

2016 National Conference & Resource Expo - Portland, Oregon
June 12-15, 2016
Learn more about NASFA here.

We are looking for positions to add to  NASCA's Career page. This service is complimentary to all states. Send the following information to Shawn Vaughn
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          • Department 
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