February 2017
A Year in IT Procurement Reform
Meredith Ward, Senior Policy Analyst

It has been just about a year since NASCIO released its call to action for state IT procurement reform ( www.nascio.org/procurement ), and what a year it has been. The call for reform-which included recommendations like improving the negotiations process and introducing more flexible terms and conditions-was shortly thereafter endorsed by the National Association of State Procurement Officials (NASPO). We lobbed it over the fence, they caught it, and since then we have both run with it. 
  • In July of last year, NASCIO and NASPO held a joint roundtable which brought CIOs and CPOs together to discuss the call for reform and how to move forward. The full report out and action plan can be read here: www.nascio.org/procurement.  
  • In September, the State of Wisconsin Bureau of Procurement received the 2016 Silver Cronin Award from NASPO for their Best Practice Playbook, which was inspired by the call for reform. Read more here
  • Also in September, NASCIO releases its 2016 State CIO Survey where CIOs were asked to rate the effectiveness of negotiation processes in their states. The verdict? Less than five percent of states do not negotiate after the proposal submission and before the contract award. 
  • In December, NASCIO and NASPO leadership voted to work together on a joint task force on negotiations to identify best practices, roadblocks and needed reforms.
  • Also in December, the Idaho Division of Purchasing announces they intend to revise terms and conditions for IT procurements. It is important to note NASCIO testified in the state on this topic in October.  
Will 2017 be as busy as the last? To quote the Magic 8-Ball, "cannot predict now," but one thing is for certain: NASCIO will continue to pound the pavement on IT procurement reform and work with our partners to get things done in the new year.
New Government-Focused Privacy Tool to Debut at Start with Privacy Conference

The Washington Office of Privacy and Data Protection in Washington State, recently rolled out a new tool that will help agencies and non-profits as well as private companies address privacy issues and protect sensitive data. The new privacy modeling tool was developed by the state and helps individuals navigate through the complicated and extensive sets of privacy laws and rules when creating new products and services. Learn more.
Watch on Washington Top 5
  1. Executive order on cyber? A draft of the EO has been circulating around the interwebs but news reports indicate that the administration is still tweaking the language.  The draft EO holds agency heads accountable for risk management, mandates the use of the NIST framework, orders agency heads to show preference in procurement for shared IT services, and seeks to assist owner/operators of critical infrastructure. ICYMI: election systems = critical infrastructure and President Trump has indicated his administration will uphold the designation.  
  2. New FCC Chairman Ajit Pai sharking things up: Chairman Pai's removed nine companies from participating in Lifeline, retracted an FCC report on the E-Rate program, and wants to do away with investigating "zero-rating" (when certain streaming services and downloads are exempt from counting towards a customer's data usage) practices of wireless providers. 
  3. FirstNet related activities: 3 bids for Alabama statewide RAN have been received by the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency (ALEA) which is leading the potential opt-out RFP. Regarding the protest action filed by Rivada Mercury, final written briefs are slated to be filed during the week of February 13, after which the court will determine whether oral arguments are needed. Simplest outcome would be if U.S. government prevails and Rivada Mercury does not appeal. Consider more scenarios here
  4. NASCIO members on the Hill:  At a congressional briefing on cloud computing, Utah CTO David Fletcher, Maryland COO Greg Urban, and Virginia CIO Nelson Moe spoke about their state's move to the cloud. 
  5. New cyber subcommittee: Senator Mike Rounds (R-SD) will lead the Subcommittee on Cybersecurity within the Senate Armed Services Committee.  The subcommittee will have oversight of DoD commands and agencies including the U.S. Cyber Command. 
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Midyear Conference Updates Midyear

New This Year: Pre-Conference Workshop
Storytelling with Data: Make Meaning Out of Information & Data
Jason Ashlock, The Frontier Project 
Sunday, April 23
State Members: 1 pm
Corporate Members: 4:30 pm during the CLC meeting (all corporate members welcome)

This is the information age. Competing in this world isn't about offering more information, it's about making sense of the information we have. That's where story comes in: the ultimate sense-making machine. Get story right and you illuminate decision-making. You drive discovery and revelation. You transform data into knowledge -- and knowledge into wisdom.

Opening Keynote: The Cartography of Innovation
Scott Wayne, The Frontier Project
Making a case for transforming the way we live, Scott explores an experiential approach to generating ideas by living more diverse personal and corporate lives. Scott purports that by shifting our personal habits and attitudes and increasing our mindfulness, we allow our minds the space to make new connections, resulting in more new ideas. From the neurology of idea generation through the iterative execution process, Scott shares his unique perspective on the cartography of innovation.

#StateCIOsRock StateCIOsRock
The NASCIO 2017 State CIOs Make a Difference campaign launches February 27. Follow @NASCIO for videos, factoids, photos and contests celebrating the many ways in which #StateCIOsRock. Show your support of the state IT community by sharing posts and adding to the conversation.   
Award Season is Upon Us Awards 

The Grammy's, the Oscars, the State IT Recognition Awards. Details for the 2017 awards are coming soon; watch your email and the NASCIO website. Nominations will be accepted early March through early May.

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