October 2017
NASCIO, Grant Thornton LLP and CompTIA  Release 2017 State CIO Survey

The survey sponsors seek to provide these state government IT leaders with an opportunity to voice their thoughts and opinions on matters of high importance. The role of the state CIO is being transformed by challenges to traditional business models, by emerging technologies that have the potential to redefine what we consider as "IT", and by the drive to implement digital government. Governors, legislators and business leaders can benefit from these knowledgeable insights about essential state IT services.  Learn more.

Resources Now Available

Session resources are available on the  conference agenda. Materials are linked in the sessions descriptions.  Video recordings coming soon.
Upcoming NASCIO-NASPO State IT Procurement Negotiations Webinar Procurement
This webinar on Thursday, November 16 from 2 - 3 pm EST will detail a report released by the National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) and the National Association of State Procurement Officials (NASPO). The publication, a joint roadmap for state IT procurement reform and process transformation, is titled State IT Procurement Negotiations: Working Together to Reform and Transform and is a product of the NASPO-NASCIO Task Force on IT Procurement Negotiations. The webinar will cover the report's 18 joint recommendations for IT procurement improvement in relationship building, procurement processes, centralization and legislation & policy and accompanying implementation methods for the practical application of the joint task force's guidance. 
Watch on Washington Top 5

  1. FirstNet  hearing On October 12, the House Homeland Security Committee's Emergency Preparedness, Response, and Communications Subcommittee invited GAO, FirstNet, and DHS to testify on the current state of interoperable communications at the hearing "Assessing First Responding Communications." Much of the hearing focused on FirstNet and addressing challenges related to coverage, user adoption, and network resiliency.  
  2. New Hampshire Out? NH's Statewide Interoperability Executive Committee (SIEC) unanimously (15-0; 2 abstentions) recommended that the state opt out of the FirstNet state plan. On October 16, Governor Sununu signed an executive order establishing the FirstNet opt-out review committee which is tasked with assessing the regulatory and financial risks associated with opting out of the FirstNet plan.     
  3. New DHS Secretary Nomination On October 11, President Trump  announced   his intent to nominate Kirstjen Nielsen as U.S. Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) Secretary. Currently, Nielsen serves as the principal deputy chief of staff in the White House under Chief of Staff John Kelly. Nielsen has an extensive cybersecurity background and is regarded as an expert in this field. 
  4. DHS + Elections Infrastructure Meeting  On October 14, DHS, the Election Assistance Commission, the National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS), and state and local elections officials convened the first government Coordinating Council for the Election Infrastructure Subsector. NASS President and Indiana Secretary of State Connie Lawson stated that the coordinating council would give NASS members a venue to inform federal lawmakers on NASS members' role and activities as they prepare for the 2018 elections. 
  5. NGA opens NGA Future  Late last month, the National Governors Association announced the creation of a new technology office, NGA Future. NGA Future will "advise states on how to identify emerging issues and trends across the technological spectrum" and will be led by Timothy Blute, who served as the program director at the NGA Center for Best Practices' Homeland Security and Public Safety Division.
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