May 2015 
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Nominations Close June 1 for the 2015 State IT Recognition Awards

Innovation Deserves to be Recognized -  Make Sure to Submit Your Nomination for the 2015 State IT Recognition Awards -  Submission Deadline is Monday, June 1.

For the 27th consecutive year, NASCIO will recognize outstanding state IT projects that exemplify best practices, support public policy goals of state leaders, assist government officials in executing their duties in innovative ways, and provide cost-effective service to citizens.

Visit the NASCIO Awards website for eligibility criteria, award categories, submission guidelines, scoring information, and nomination form. Tips and recommendations from past award recipients and an archive of past submissions are provided on the website as additional guidance.  Contact Emily Lane at or 859.514.9167 with questions.

To submit information for the next edition, contact Meghan Penning , NASCIO Connections editor.
Events of Interest
American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators 2015 Region IV Conference
June 1-4, 2015
Park City, Utah
National Association of State Technology Directors Western Region Seminar
June 1-4, 2015
Denver, Colo.
New York State Cyber Security Conference and Symposium on Information Assurance
June 2-3, 2015
Albany, N.Y.
The 14th Annual Smart Card Alliance Government Conference
June 9-10, 2015
Washington, D.C.
2015 NSAA Annual Conference
June 9-12, 2015
Little Rock, Ark.
HIMSS National Healthcare Innovation Summit
June 15-17, 2015
Chicago, Ill.
National Association of Attorneys General Summer Meeting
June 16-18, 2015
San Diego, Calif.
American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators 2015 Region II Conference 
June 21-24, 2015
Montgomery, Ala.
National Emergency Number Association 2015 Conference & Expo
June 27-July 2, 2015
Denver, Colo.
State CIOs Make a Difference!
NASCIO launched its State CIOs Make a Difference campaign on May 11 starting with the innovative and important work from CIO Jim Smith and the Office of Information Technology in Maine. 

View videos, photos, and learn more about the six featured states by following #StateCIOsRock on twitter and visiting our website at

2015 Midyear Conference Photos
Available Now: 
GovExec State & Local's "Innovation in Action Vol. 3" eBook

The latest continuation of GovExec State & Local's eBook series, highlighting the groundbreaking advances from state and local governments. Public-private partnerships, law enforcement technology, virtual testimony and more!

State CIOs - Nominate Your CISO for the Thomas M. Jarrett Conference Scholarship 

Nominations are now being accepted for the Thomas M. Jarrett Conference Scholarship, which provides Chief Information Security Officers an opportunity to attend the NASCIO Annual Conference in October. The deadline to submit a nomination is June 22, 2015.

Visit the scholarship webpage for eligibility, criteria and the nomination form.  Contact Emily Lane with any questions at or 859.514.9167.

Midyear Conference Recap

Presentations, Resources and Pictures Available Online

Visit the NASCIO 2015 Midyear Conference website to view videos of the keynote and all general sessions, slide decks from general and discovery sessions, sponsor-provided resources (click the sponsor logo on the Sponsors tab for related materials) and event pictures and social media.


Give Back Alexandria

Thanks to the generosity of NASCIO members, Alexandria's  Family and Community Engagement Center (FACE) received 120 backpacks filled with school supplies and a monetary donation of $1,000.


Thank you to all who participated. Your support will help ensure kindergarten students in Alexandria start their school year off right!


NASCIO 2015 Technology Champion Award

NASCIO presented the 2015 NASCIO Technology Champion award to Ohio Governor John Kasich. The Award honors Governor Kasich's leadership in IT policy, initiatives and practices.

NASCIO Webinar Rescheduled for July - 
Visual Analytics: What is Weave and What Can it Do?
Save the date for Wednesday, July 8, at 3 p.m. Eastern for a webinar featuring Weave.

This webinar will provide a rapid introduction to why visualization is useful, show several examples of Weave, illustrating what it can do and its flexibility in not just data exploration or real-time monitoring, but also in its developing interactive presentation visualizations for the public.

Georges Grinstein, professor of computer science at the University of Massachusetts Lowell, head of Bioinformatics Program and director of the Institute for Visualization and Perception Research.

Visual Analytics: What is Weave and What Can it Do?
Wednesday, July 8 at 3 p.m. Eastern
Click here to register now.
NASCIO-Route Fifty Partnership
In collaboration with NASCIO as a recognized launch partner, 
Atlantic Media's Government Executive Media Group has launched Route Fifty , a new independent digital publication that connects state and local government managers across America. Route Fifty is the essential source for the great ideas and cutting-edge programs advancing smarter state and local governments. Learn more and subscribe today.

Last month NASCIO Connections presented a summary of the PHCP and a notification that a Request for Information (RFI) would be released soon. The RFI was released May 4 and was subsequently published on the NASCIO Community. Related documents for the RFI are posted in the libraries of the State Member and Partner communities of the NASCIO Community.

The complete calendar related to the RFI is as follows:
  • May 4 - Release of RFI
  • May 15 - Deadline for submitting questions
  • May 20 - Response to all questions provided on
  • May 27 - Deadline for confirming intent to respond
  • June 12 - Deadline for submitting RFI emailed to informatics@astho.orgre: SUBMISSION OF RFI FOR PUBLIC HEALTH COMMUNITY PLATFORM
Watch on Washington
from NASCIO Director of Government Affairs Mitch Herckis
NASCIO Holds D.C. Fly-In, Endorses Cyber Information Sharing Tax Credit Bill
On April 29, NASCIO held its 2015 D.C. Fly-In where more than 50 state CIOs and state technology policy officials met with federal officials and key stakeholders on national issues that impact state IT services. During the event, NASCIO members sat down with officials from the White House, Congress, and individuals throughout the administration in an effort to highlight cybersecurity issues in the states.

During the Fly-In, NASCIO endorsed the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Credit Act (S 1023). The legislation, introduced by Senators Jerry Moran (R-KS) and Kristen Gillibrand (D-NY) provides federal tax credits to private industry that participates in cybersecurity Information Sharing and Analysis Organizations (ISAOs) and fusion centers. As states look to work with private sector partners to share information on a regional basis, the bill provides an incentive for the private sector to act as good citizens and share key threat indicators with federal and state agencies. More on NASCIO's Fly-In is available here.

NASCIO Submits Comments to FirstNet; FirstNet Tees Up More Public Engagement
NASCIO, along with many states, submitted comments in response to FirstNet's Second Public Notice. The Second Public Notice included FirstNet's legal interpretations on a wide range of issues of interest to states, including what type of devices may be used on the public safety broadband network, network policies, and the responsibilities of a state and FirstNet regarding state plans and the "opt-out" decision. NASCIO's comments are available here. You can see the notice and comments here.

On the heels of the Second Public Notice, FirstNet released a Third Public Notice looking to clarify what entities and individuals qualify to use its network under the definition of public safety. FirstNet is generally looking to take a broad view of who is considered public safety--public, non-profit, and private entities that engage in public safety services not commercially available to the public from the provider. That said, just because individuals or a subset within an organization qualify as public safety entities, FirstNet will not necessarily designate the entire organization a public safety entity (such as a Department of Transportation, Health, or Agriculture). You can find the Public Notice, Due June 5, here: Further Proposed Interpretations of Parts of the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012.

Opportunities to Weigh In On States Role in Broadband Access, Deployment
The federal government is interested in how state governments collect broadband data, reduce regulations that deter broadband deployment, incentivize broadband competition, and generally improve access to broadband. In March, the President announced a "Broadband Opportunity Council" tasked with engaging industry and stakeholders to examine how government can better support the needs of communities seeking broadband investment, including reducing regulatory barriers and realigning existing programs. The Council is specifically tasked with consulting with state governments and is interested in what states are doing to promote competition or greater access to broadband. You can find the Public Notice, due June 10, here.

Tech World Patiently Awaits Congressional "Cyber Week"
Congress has a slew of key cybersecurity bills to evaluate, but they will have to wait in line behind other key priorities. Both the Senate and the House were hoping to evaluate a number of bills this month that would authorize and facilitate greater information sharing between the private sector and key federal agencies, including the Department of Homeland Security and a number of our nation's intelligence agencies. However, other priorities, such as passing a revised version of the PATRIOT Act prior to its expiration on June 1, will push this planned "cyber week" into July. In addition to information sharing bills, Congress could consider a number of attempts to preempt state data breach notification laws and replace them with a national standard. NASCIO is reviewing each of these proposed bills with key strategic partners and considering how to respond.
Get to Know the NASCIO Team

Meet Our Newest Members

New Chief Information Officer:
  • Todd Nacapuy, Chief Information Officer, Hawaii
New Corporate Members:
  • Alfresco Software, Inc
  • Pure Storage
Committee and Working Group Updates
The Broadband and Telecommunications Committee last met March 24. The committee was joined by representatives from FirstNet who shared information and guidance on the Second Public Notice. The next committee meeting on May 28 will focus on further opportunities for states to weigh in on the future of FirstNet, as well as how to improve broadband access and competition.
The Enterprise Architecture and Governance Committee
held its monthly call on May 14 and discussions focused on the Service Integration Model, a component of Smart Lean Government initiative. Primary presenters were Mike Dunham, American Council for Technology and the Industry Advisory Council (ACT/IAC); and Pamela Wise-Martinez, Program Management Office of the Information Sharing Initiative and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. Slides for the presentation titled "Communities of Service Life Events Service Integration Mode" are posted to the NASCIO Community.
The Health Care Working Group last  met March 25 and heard a summary from Stuart Fuller, state of Montana, about the State Healthcare IT Connect Summit. The working group also received an update from Jessica Kahn of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
The National Innovation Forum  May webinar included a presentation from Nikhil Deshpande, director of GeorgiaGov Interactive on revamping a state website, and a presentation from Kyle Snyder, director of the NextGen Air Transportation in North Carolina on unmanned aerial systems.
The NASCIO Midyear Conference featured a number of discussions on cybersecurity and other issues of importance to the Security and Privacy Committee. More information on the conference, including videos and slides of sessions, can be found on t he NASCIO 2015 Midyear Conference website.
The  State IT Procurement Modernization Committee hosted a successful  session on cloud procurement at NASCIO's Midyear Conference. Visit the NASCIO 2015 Midyear Conference website
for more information on session videos and presentation slides. To read the  committee's latest publication click  here .
NASCIO: Making Connections
Doug Robinson , NASCIO executive director, attended and spoke at the following events in May:
  • The Council of State Governments Cybersecurity and Privacy Policy Academy, May 6-8 in St. Louis, Mo.
  • Georgia Technology Authority Technology Summit, May 11 in Atlanta, Ga.
  • Washington Information Processing Management Association Forum, May 18 in Olympia, Wash.
  • XChange SLED 2015, May 19-20 in Atlanta, Ga.
Eric SwedenNASCIO program director, enterprise architecture and governance, presented at the National Attorneys General Training & Research Institute (NAGTRI) National Cloud Computing Training on May 18 in Philadelphia, Penn. Sweden presented an introduction to cloud computing, current status of cloud computing in the states and the jurisdictional issues encountered with cloud computing.

Mitch Herckis , NASCIO director of government affairs, attended  a meeting of the National Homeland Security Consortium in Miami and presented at the following events in May:
  • The Association of Public Safety Communication Officials (APCO) Broadband Summit in Washington, DC
  • The National Association of State Procurement Officials Eastern Region Meeting
  • The Commerce Office of the Inspector General on FirstNet
NASCIO Committee and Working Group Schedule
  • Health Care Working Group
    - Wednesday, May 27 at 3 p.m. Eastern
  •  Broadband and Telecommunications Committee
     - Thursday, May 28 at 2 p.m. Eastern
  • National Innovation Forum
    - Wednesday, June 10 at 12 p.m. Eastern
  • State IT Procurement Modernization Committee
    - Wednesday, June 10 at 2 p.m. Eastern
  • Enterprise Architecture and Governance Committee - Thursday, June 11 at 2 p.m. Eastern
  •  Security and Privacy Committee
    - Tuesday, June 16 at 1 p.m. Eastern
Corporate Member Partner Profiles
Each month, NASCIO randomly draws three corporate members to be featured in the monthly newsletter. Click here to view a complete list of NASCIO's corporate partners.
Knowledge Services
Contact: Cindy Davis
Title: Director, Government Solutions
Address: 5875 Castle Creek Pkwy N Dr, Ste 400,
Indianapolis, IN  46250
Phone: 317.578.1700

Knowledge Services is a nationally certified Women Business Enterprise (WBE), founded in 1994, and has been providing staffing services for 20 years and Managed Service Provider (MSP) program services for 12 years. We are experts in delivering MSP and related contingent labor solutions to State and Local Governments. With proven experience in implementing and operating MSP program solutions, Knowledge Services address the specific and current challenges faced by State governments. Knowledge Services' MSP program solution is designed to balance resource quality with market price, providing unparalleled access to competitively priced, high value resources. We utilize our proven Vendor Management System (VMS) to augment our MSP team's efforts, yielding a very powerful blended solution. With Knowledge Services' programs, clients can expect reduced hard and soft costs combined with improved resource skills, quality and retention. We combine contingent workforce management industry best practices, comprehensive program management and staffing expertise to deliver proven and measurable results across our clients' contingent labor programs.
Learning Tree International
Contact: Chris Brady
Title: Senior Account Manager
Address: 1831 Michael Faraday Dr, Reston, VA  20190
Phone: 703.618.2049 

Learning Tree International, Inc. is a leading worldwide vendor-independent provider to business and government organizations for the training and education of their information technology ("IT") professionals and managers. Since our founding in 1974, we have provided high-quality training to over 2.3 million IT professionals and managers. In fiscal year 2013, while presenting courses in 45 countries, we trained 71,314 course participants from more than 8,000 organizations, including large national and multinational companies, government organizations, and small and medium-size companies.

We offer a broad proprietary library of intensive instructor-led courses from one to five days in length, which at September 27, 2013 comprised 183 different course titles representing 4,134 hours of training, including 123 IT course titles and 60 management course titles. Learning Tree courses provide education and training across a wide range of technical and management disciplines, including operating systems, databases, computer networks, computer and network security, web development, programming languages, software engineering, open source applications, project management, business skills, leadership and professional development.
SAP Public Services
Contact: Lauren Erikson
Title: Marketing Manager, State and Local Government
Address: 3999 West Chester Pike, Newtown Square, PA  19073
Phone: 781.325.3756
SAP is one of the world's leading providers of business-software solutions. With help from the SAP for Public Sector solution portfolio, which includes analytics, mobile, and cloud technologies, government professionals can provide quality information, security, and accessibility through always-on access and the latest technology innovations from SAP.