January 2016

In This Issue:
Top Stories
Federal Advocacy Priorities for 2016

NASCIO announced its 2016 federal advocacy priorities on January 12. NASCIO's federal advocacy agenda will focus on the following areas:
  1. Cybersecurity
  2. Flexibility in federal regulations
  3. Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network (FirstNet)
  4. Information sharing
Fact sheets and additional details on NASCIO's 2016 Federal Advocacy Priorities can be found at www.NASCIO.org/advocacy.

Click  here  to view CIO.com's coverage of NASCIO's 2016 advocacy priorities.

To submit information for the next edition, contact Meghan Penning , NASCIO Connections editor.
Events of Interest
2016 National Association of Counties Legislative Conference
February 20-24, 2016
Washington, DC
National Association of State Procurement Officials How to Market to State Governments Meeting
March 20-23, 2016
Atlanta, Ga.
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NASCIO Conference News

2016 Midyear Conference
Save the Date for May 3-5, 2016. The NASCIO Midyear Conference will take place at the Hyatt Regency on the Inner Harbor in Baltimore, Maryland. For state members, the Fly-In will be held Friday, May 6. Watch www.NASCIO.org for conference updates.

Dates to Know:
January 27 - Registration opens
February 8 - Call for Roundtables opens

Sponsor Registration is Open:
NASCIO corporate members may click here to register and view sponsor information. The following sponsorship levels are currently available on a first-come, first-served basis:

Gold Sponsor - 8 available
Member Center Sponsor - 1 available
Interactive Technology Sponsor - 1 available
Silver Sponsor - 3 available
Bronze Sponsor - 5 available

NASCIO Technology Champion Award
Submissions due January 22

The NASCIO Technology Champion Award honors innovative leadership that promotes sound information technology solutions, policies and practices. Recipients have a proven track record of sustained interest in and advocacy for IT in the public sector. 

Learn more about the Technology Champion Award program and past recipients at www.NASCIO.org/awards/ntc/.

Nominations for the NASCIO Technology Champion Award opened December 9 at www.nascio.org/Awards/NTC/Nominations. Deadline for submissions is January 22.

Data Privacy Day Champions

NASCIO has committed to being a Champion of Data Privacy Day (DPD), an international effort held annually on January 28 to create awareness about the importance of privacy and protecting personal information. 
Data Privacy Day is part of a greater effort, the #PrivacyAware campaign, which helps consumers understand how they can own their online presence and reminds businesses that privacy is indeed good for business.

Watch on Washington
from NASCIO Director of Government Affairs Yejin Cooke
FirstNet Releases Much Anticipated RFP 
On January 13, FirstNet released its final RFP that seeks industry solutions to the deployment, construction, and maintenance of the National Public Safety Broadband Network (NPSBN). The RFP marks a significant milestone in FirstNet's buildup to the buildout; click here to read the RFP. The winning bid must meet sixteen objectives, which includes cybersecurity. Questions about the RFP are due February 12 and proposals are due April 29, 2016.

Omnibus Includes Language on MS-ISAC Cost Share
Included in the omnibus appropriations bill that passed Congress in mid-December was report language directing the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) National Protection and Programs Directorate (NPPD) to provide justification for decreasing its current level of financial support for the MS-ISAC. NPPD was further directed to coordinate with relevant stakeholders on a timeline for establishing a cost share plan.
Meet Our Newest Members
New Chief Information Officers:
  • Jim Barnhart, Deputy Commissioner, Acting Chief Information Officer, Commonwealth of Kentucky
  • Joanne Hale, PhD, Acting Secretary, State of Alabama
New Corporate Members:
  • Ericsson
  • Genesys
  • Nicus Software, Inc.
  • TransUnion
Committee and Working Group Updates

The January Cybersecurity Committee call featured a presentation on CyberCorps from the Department of Homeland Security. The next meeting will be February 16, and will include a presentation from Florida Chief Information Security Officer Danielle Alvarez.  For those participating on the committee, be sure to watch the NASCIO Community for call information, agendas and notices.
The next National Innovation Forum Meeting will be February 10 and will be on the topics of GIS Innovation and Business Intelligence / Analytics Data Management.
The State IT Procurement Modernization Committee continues to work on the NASCIO procurement modernization campaign for 2016. Members of the NASCIO Executive Committee have provided procurement examples to help the campaign and others are desired. Please contact Meredith Ward at mward@NASCIO.org if you are interested in providing examples.

The committee now meets bi-monthly; schedule as follows: 
  • March 9 at 2 p.m. Eastern
  • Meeting at NASCIO's Midyear Conference (May 3-5) 
  • July 13 at 2 p.m. Eastern
  • Meeting at NASCIO's Annual Conference (Sept 18-21)
  • November 9 at 2 p.m. Eastern
Operating as a subcommittee of the Cybersecurity Committee, the Privacy and Data Protection Working Group will be a forum to discuss relevant issues in the states. Possible topics may include, but are not limited to: privacy practices and policies with respect to electronic communications, cloud services, location tracking, automatic license plate readers, unmanned aerial vehicles and IoT. The expected format is a sharing of best practices by states and presentations from chief privacy officers.

The working group will have monthly meetings by conference call or webinar the last Wednesday of each month at 3:00 p.m. Eastern. Issue brief(s) on relevant topics may be developed at the discretion of the working group.

Participation is open to all NASCIO members. Those interested in volunteering for this new working group may volunteer online at www.nascio.org/Commitees/Volunteers.
NASCIO: Making Connections
NASCIO Executive Director Doug Robinson attended and spoke for the  State of Maine IT Industry Overview, January 12.

NASCIO Program Director for Enterprise Architecture and Governance Eric Sweden  spoke on a GovLoop panel for a state and local themed online training, January 20.
NASCIO Committee and Working Group Schedule
  • Broadband and Telecommunications Committee
    Tuesday, January 26 at 2 p.m. Eastern
  • Executive Committee
    Thursday, February 4 at 4 p.m. Eastern
  • National Innovation Forum
    Wednesday, February 10 at 12 p.m. Eastern
  • Cybersecurity Committee
    Tuesday, February 16 at 2 p.m. Eastern
  • State IT Procurement Modernization Committee
    Wednesday, March 9 at 2 p.m. Eastern 
  • Corporate Leadership Council
    - Wednesday, March 16 at 3 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.
C Spire
Contact: Brian Caraway 
Title: Senior Vice President, Enterprise Markets
Address: 1018 Highland Colony Pkwy, Ste 520
Ridgeland, MS 39110  
Phone: 601.974.7524 
Website:  www.cspire.com

C Spire is a diversified telecommunications and technology services company that provides world-class service and a superior, comprehensive suite of customer-inspired wireless communications, high-speed Internet access (including Gbps residential connections), VoIP solutions, cloud services, and a range of other telecommunications products and services to both consumer and enterprise customers.

For more information about C Spire, visit www.cspire.com or follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/cspire or Twitter at www.twitter.com/cspire.
SAS Institute
Contact: Kay Meyer
Title: Principal Industry Consultant, State and Local Government Operations
Address: 100 SAS Campus Dr, Cary, NC 27513
Phone: 919.531.2098
Website:  www.sas.com

SAS is the leader in business analytics software and services, and the largest independent vendor in the business intelligence market. Through innovative solutions delivered within an integrated framework, SAS helps state governments prevent fraud, enhance public safety, improve program performance and enable a higher degree of transparency. With our analytic solutions, governments increase their efficiency and effectiveness in delivering services by creating a holistic view of individual citizens, thereby ensuring that programs and services address citizens' overall needs. Since 1976, SAS customers have been improving performance and delivering value by making better decisions faster. Visit sas.com/gov 

Blog site: State and Local Connection - governments using data to serve citizens and save money
Website: sas.com/gov
Twitter: @SASanalytics
Contact: Rick Welther
Title: Director, Public Sector Programs
Address: 8065 Leesburg Pike, Ste 140, Vienna, VA 22182
Phone: 574.344.0394 
Website:  www.servicenow.com

ServiceNow is the enterprise IT cloud company. We transform IT by automating and managing IT service relationships across the global enterprise. Organizations deploy our service to create a single system of record for IT and automate manual tasks, standardize processes and consolidate legacy systems. Using our extensible platform, our customers create custom applications and evolve the IT service model to service domains inside and outside the enterprise. ServiceNow transforms IT from the department of no to the department of now.

For more information, visit www.servicenow.com.