2017 NASCA Awards - Innovation Award Nominations Opening Today!
National Walton Leadership Award
The National Walton Leadership Award was established to recognize state chief administrators for their passion, outstanding service, leadership and commitment to state government. Visit our awards page for more details. Nominations opening soon!  
Innovations in State Government 
NASCA established the Innovations in State Government Awards program to recognize state administration department programs and projects that exemplify best practices. This awards program will recognize one outstanding state government initiative in each the following categories: General Services, Infrastructure, Financial Management, and Personnel. Visit our awards page to submit your nomination.  Nominations OPEN TODAY and will close August 11. 

2017 NASCA Institute on Management and Leadership
October 10-13, 2017
Atlanta, GA

The Institute on Management and Leadership is a premier and engaging two-day executive education program led by the Leadership for a Networked World at Harvard University. This event invites state chief administrators and industry leaders to work side-by-side to discuss challenges for 2017 and develop new tools for success in state government.  Registration and sponsorship opportunities are now available. This year's theme is the Velocity of Change

As a NASCA member benefit, state chief administrators receive complimentary registration, hotel accommodations and may submit up to $600 for flight/ground transportation reimbursement. Additional state members (i.e. - senior staff or deputy directors) may also register for $275.  NASCA travel scholarship funds are also available to augment the conference and event reimbursements currently provided. 
NEW Sponsorship Opportunity Available!
Host the Velocity Reception 

In addition to the Primier, Gold and Silver levels, NASCA is offering an opportunity for existing sponsors of the 2017 Institute. This sponsorship is a buy-up option for two corporate partners to host the state members at the Velocity Reception on Wednesday evening. This is a fun and relaxing networking 1.5-hour reception and will be open exclusively to all state members and the attendees of the two hosting corporate partners. These two sponsorships are available on a first-come, first-served basis for $10,000 each.

Sponsor benefits include :
  • Company logo/name on the opening/rolling PowerPoint slides, signage and agenda
  • Company logo/name on promotional email(s)
  • A company representative has one opportunity for 10 minute opening or closing remarks (first-come, first-served selection.
If interested, contact Tommy Morrison.
Strategic Plan Update: NASCA Unveils New Mission Statement
As part of  NASCA's strategic planning efforts , a work group recently evaluated the wording of  our organization's mission statement. Following several discussions, reflection exercises and a branding analysis,  the NASCA Executive Committee unanimously approved a new statement that more accurately reflects what we do and why we do it.  We're proud to announce the result:

NASCA's mission is to help state chief administrators and their teams strategically transform state government operations through the power of shared knowledge and thought leadership.

Additional work groups are continuing progress on other components of the strategic plan, including NASCA's forthcoming online networking community and resource library. Please contact Sarah Razor if you would like to join these short-term work groups. On average, NASCA work groups meet for about an hour a month and are designed to be active for 3-6 months. 
July 20, 2017
Upcoming Events
October 10-13, 2017
Atlanta, GA

Welcome New
State Chief Administrator
Brom Stibitz
Interim Secretary
Dept. of Technology, Management and Budget
State of Michigan

David Lavway
Acting Commissioner 
Dept. of Administrative and Financial Services
State of Maine 

Charles Arlinghaus
Department of Administrative Services 
State of New Hampshire 
Invitation to NCSFA Fleet Managers Workshop

On behalf of the Executive Committee of the National Conference of State Fleet Administrators, you and your staff are cordially invited to attend the 2017 State Fleet Managers Workshop, to be held Sept. 12-14 at the Des Moines Marriott Downtown.

NASCA President Chris Liu will be presenting a session on "Affecting Change and Developing Relationships with Your Chief Executives." 

Go here for details
 2017 NASCA
Sponsorship Opportunities
 for Corporate Partners

Procurement is ranked as one of the top three policy and administrative priorities by NASCA members, and most state government officials would agree that contract administration can be one of the most substantial challenges in this area. 

In late June, NASCA hosted its first webinar in a three-part series addressing contract administration form multiple vantage points. Michigan and Washington experts shared state best practices in contract administration. Over 100 members from more than 20 states were in attendance.

Watch the Webinar Here

Stay Tuned! 
The webinar series will continue later this fall, when industry representatives will present on contract administration from the private sector perspective. A third webinar scheduled will dive into new approaches and resources on contract administration. 

State Chief Administrators in the News
Does Business Know Best? 
Governing Magazine poses the question to what extent government can learn from business? In an effort to find an answer, they consult Washington Department of Enterprise Services Director Chris Liu regarding his thirty year tenure in the private sector - including his time learning from Sam Walton at Walmart - before entering the public sector. Read the article here
RouteFifty interviews Brom Stibitz, Interim Director of Michigan's Department of Technology, Management and Budget
RouteFifty sat down with Brom Stibitz, Interim Director of Michigan's Department of Technology, Management and Budget to  provide some perspective on his role serving in a chief operating officer capacity for the agency over the past two years and his dedication to building a customer-focused culture in Michigan.  Watch the full interview here .

All Solutions Are Local: NASCA President Chris Liu Interviewed by RouteFifty
RouteFifty sat down with Chris Liu, Director of Washington's Enterprise Services to provide perspective on how working hand-in-hand with local government helped to transform Northern State Hospital in the town of Sedro-Woolley into a center for clean technology.  Read the article and watch the full video here

Chief Administrators Gather at Harvard for Public Sector Summit 
Last month, seven chief administrators and NASCA Executive Director Sarah Razor attended the 2017 Public Sector for the Future Summit: Citizen-Driven by Design. Hosted by Harvard's Leadership for a Networked World (LNW), the goal of this time was to generate powerful new ideas, explore common challenges, and help co-create a new framework to guide the development of citizen-driven solutions at the intersection of behavioral economics, data and analytics, and design thinking. See more on LNW and the Public Sector Future Summit here. 

NASCA Corporate Partner Spotlight

NEOGOV is the market and technology leader in on-demand human resources software for the public sector. Their HR software automates the entire hiring, onboarding, and performance evaluation process. Visit NEOGOV.

Morneau Shepell has been a leading North American provider of human resources consulting and administration services for nearly 50 years. We are proud to provide benefit plan participants in the government market. Our flexible and innovative retirement, health, and benefits administration solutions are currently helping state and local government's better serve their employee and retiree participants while reducing the cost of benefits administration. Find out more
Summit on Financial Leadership
Governing is honored to host our  2017 Summit on Financial Leadership  in New York City - in partnership with Richard Ravitch, former Lt. Governor, State of New York. Each year, the Summit brings together a select audience of senior state and local level finance officials and public finance experts for a "meeting of the minds" on key fiscal issues and emerging trends. Main cost drivers, policy debates, and pain points in state and local government in the context of our current environment will be discussed. See here for more details on the summit.
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