NEW NASCA Collaborate!
We are excited to announce the launch of NASCA Collaborate, our new online community that includes a searchable directory and forums for robust discussion and resource sharing among all NASCA members.  Please watch your inboxes for your unique sign on information and further access directions later this week.  

More than 130 registrants from 36 states and 23 corporate partner organizations participated in the 2017 Institute on Management and Leadership in Atlanta in mid-October. Participants learned about and shared best practices on pacing the velocity of change effectively. In particular, the Institute  addressed this critical issue from multiple lenses: strategy, technology, human capital and leadership. NASCA released two case studies developed by our partners at Leadership for a Networked World at Harvard University to support this discussion.  


Commonwealth of Pennsylvania: Consolidating Human Resources and Information Technology Services

Tennessee's Alternative Workplace Solution Case Study

Thank you to our 2017 Premier Sponsors: 

October 31, 2017
Welcome New
Chief Administrators

Alec Porteous
Commissioner of Administrative & Financial Services;
State of Maine

Member Spotlight
Survey Says: Which portion of the Institute content did you find to be the most useful, and why?
"I thoroughly enjoyed the expert presentations providing exposure to private sector advancements and strategy."

"The presentation by Rory & David. They were theoretical and practical. They also were grounded in real life business problems. The instructors seemed to be connected not only to the theory, but to the practical application to challenges and problems."

"I appreciate the case studies as they give me concrete solutions to incorporate. But I really appreciate the aspirational, educational speakers because they make me think."

"Case studies- great examples with evidence to support decision making"

"The connection meetings - a good opportunity to meet key leaders in a more intimate setting."

NASCA recognizes four states with Innovations in State Government Award

Chris Liu honored with the National Walton Leadership Award

Four states and one chief administrator were recognized at NASCA's 2017 Institute on Management and Leadership for their impact on state government. Each year, NASCA awards four states with the Innovation in State Government Award for an innovative project or initiative in their states. The award is given for the following categories: general services, infrastructure, personnel, and financial management. The 2017 Awards Committee comprised of state chief administrators, senior level staff, and corporate partners create the application, review submissions, and vote on award recipients. After receiving a record number of Innovation in State Government award submissions the committee award the following states:

General Services: State of Georgia "Amazon in Team Georgia Marketplace"

Infrastructure: State of Kansas "FOCUS - Focus on Customer Upgrade and Support"

Personnel: State of Illinois "Rapid Results Initiative"

Financial Management: State of New York "Travel and Expense Shared Services in New York State

Read all winning award submissions here

Additionally, NASCA offers one opportunity for chief administrators to nominate another peer chief administrator. The National Walton Leadership Award recognizes state chief administers for their passion, outstanding service, leadership and commitment to state government. This award was created to honor Ray Walton for his service to state government and NASCA. This year's recipient of the National Walton Leadership Award is Chris Liu, Director of Enterprise Services for the State of Washington. 

NASCA would like to thank the 2017 Awards Committee for their work in recognizing excellence in state government: Janet Phipps (Iowa), Melody Currey (Connecticut), Scott Bollinger (South Dakota), June Taylor (Colorado), Thorne Brown (Georgia), Christy Agner (North Carolina), Sheila Schalk (Grainger), Barbara Egan (Lytx), Jim Kelly (Morneau Shepell), Jennifer Dowd (Kronos)
Annual Business Meeting Recap - New State Member Dues Structure Adopted
NASCA State Members and Corporate Partners held the 2017 Annual Business Meeting on Friday, October 13.  Attendees got an update on progress made on NASCA's strategic plan, current state members, organization financials and reviewed the  2017 Top Ten Policy and Administrative Priorities that were voted on by state members earlier in the week.  Staff also presented the n ew Mission Statement:

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.

In addition, attendees heard from a NASCA membership workgroup worked dilegently to evaluate the state membership dues structure over the past six months.  The committee put forth a new two-option membership dues model that was approved unanimously by all attending voting state members.  Members may now chose either:

  • Standard Membership - $3,995 annually
  • Standard Membership Plus Expanded Professional Development  - $7,500 annually
  • To accommodate a variety of budget cycles, state members may purchase Option 1 or 2 memberships as a two-year renewal and take advantage of a 1.5% discount.  This new dues structure will go into effect in July 2018 for state members.  
    2018 NASCA Executive Committee Elected

    2018 Slate
    Chris Liu, Washington
    Vice President
    Bob Oglesby, Tennessee
    June Taylor, Colorado
    At-Large Director
    Dan Ross, Oklahoma
    At-Large Director
    Bob Blair, Ohio
    At-Large Director
    Dan Kim, California
    At-Large Director
    Byron Diamond, Nebraska
    At-Large Director
    Sarah Shipman, Kansas
    At-Large Director
    Tani Pack Downing, Utah
    At-Large Director/Alternate
    Ellington Churchill, Maryland
    At-Large Director
    Matt Massman, Minnesota

    Congratulations to the 2018 NASCA Executive Committee members elected during the Annual Business Meeting. Earlier this year, state members voted to update the bylaws for officers and at-large directors to be eligible to serve two-year terms, for up to six years.  Thank you for your contributions and leadership to NASCA.  

    David Yarkin, Government Sourcing Solutions and Paul Campbell, United Healthcare, serve as ex-officio members of the NASCA Executive Committee, and were previously elected by corporate members as the co-chairs of the NASCA Corporate Council.
    Thank you to all of our 2017 Institute on 
    Management and Leadership Sponsors!

    New Corporate Partner Spotlight

    GovDeals, Inc., was founded in 1999 by former procurement professionals who innovated the online government surplus auction industry. To date, more than 10,000 government entities - including 27 state surplus operations - have shifted some or all of their auctions to GovDeals has numerous cooperative contracts to include NASPO ValuePoint (pka WSCA) and NJPA.  With 1.2 million completed auctions and over $1.4 billion in auction sales, GovDeals has the experience needed to serve State Agencies. 

    McKinsey & Company is a global management consulting firm that serves leading businesses, governments, non governmental organizations, and not-for-profits. We help our clients make lasting improvements to their performance and realize their most important goals. Over nearly a century, we've built a firm uniquely equipped to this task.

    Do you have an idea for the NASCA newsletter?   State and Corporate Member feedback is always welcomed and appreciated. Please  email  your ideas for articles, topics or information you would like to see in the NASCA newsletter. NASCA Corporate Partners may submit educational resources for consideration and are featured are a rotating basis. 

    Is your department hiring for key roles? Send the postings directly to Kayla Leslie  to be included on NASCA 's Career page. This service is complimentary to all states. Please include the followin g information for t he listing;  t itle, d epartment, s tate, c losing date and l ink to more  information.