August 2015

In This Issue:
Top Stories
Finalists in State IT Recognition Program Announced
For the 27th consecutive year NASCIO is proud to honor outstanding information technology achievements in the public sector. Forty-four finalists have been named across 11 award categories. The award recipient in each category will be announced at the NASCIO Annual Conference in Salt Lake City this October.
NASCIO member states, territories and the District of Columbia were eligible to submit nominations; finalists were selected by the NASCIO Awards Committee, comprised of state and corporate members, from over 100 nominees. All submissions can be view in the Awards Library Congratulations to the finalists and thank you to all that participated in the process.

To submit information for the next edition, contact Meghan Penning , NASCIO Connections editor.
Events of Interest
National Association of State Budget Officers Introduction to State Budgeting Seminar
August 20-21, 2015
Arlington, Va.
National Association of State Auditors, Comptrollers and Treasurers 2015 Annual Conference
August 22-26, 2015
Chicago, Ill.
National Association of State Technology Directors 2015 Annual Conference & Technology Showcase
August 23-27, 2015
Cincinnati, Ohio
American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators 2015 Annual International Conference
August 25-27, 2015
Des Moines, Iowa
Nextgov Prime
September 9, 2015
Washington, DC
Association of Government Accountants 2015 Internal Control & Fraud Prevention Training
September 15-16, 2015
Washington, DC or Virtual
GovLoop State and Local Government Innovators Virtual Summit
September 16, 2015
National Association of State Procurement Officials 2015 Annual Conference
September 27-30, 2015
Norfolk, Va.

2015 Annual Sponsors
Pinnacle Sponsor
Interactive Technology Sponsors
Member Center Sponsor
WiFi Sponsor
State CIOs Make a Difference
NASCIO's 10-week campaign to highlight and emphasize the innovative work and important role of CIOs has concluded, but the great work done in CIO offices throughout the country continues.

View videos, photos, and learn more about the states featured in the campaign by visiting and searching #StateCIOsRock on Twitter.
The NASCIO 2015 Annual Conference is Taking Off! Early Bird Registration Ends August 28

Visit to view the full agenda for the NASCIO 2015 Annual Conference and to access resources provided by our sponsors.

Conference Highlights Include:

Sunday, October 11
6:30 pm Welcome Reception

Monday, October 12
9 am Pinnacle Keynote with Jason Ashlock,  Founder and Lead Consultant, Frontier Press,  The Storyteller's  Secret 

6 pm Annual State Recognition Awards Dinner

Tuesday, October 13
9:15 am State Technology Innovator Award Presentation

3:15 pm
Pinnacle Keynote with Don Yaeger, Long-
time Associate Editor of Sports Illustrated, 
What Makes the Great Ones Great

4:30 pm
Give Back Event

Wednesday, October 14
Smart Government is Secure Government: Successful Cybersecurity,  An interactive day devoted to cybersecurity
Calling All Corporate Partners

There is still time to sponsor the Annual Conference!
A limited number of sponsorship opportunities are available to NASCIO corporate members until August 28. This is a great opportunity to promote your brand while helping your team build relationships and get involved with NASCIO. 
Find a complete listing of sponsorship benefits and register to sponsor on the conference sponsor page .

The following sponsor levels are still available on a first-come, first-served basis until August 28:
Pinnacle - 1 available
Silver - 7 available
Bronze - 1 available
Don't Forget to Give Back
Donations made through the NASCIO Give Back program will support the Sunnyvale Afterschool Program in their important work by providing funding to upgrade the program's computer lab and purchase learning acceleration software to help students build a strong foundation of literacy skills and core math concepts.  Learn more and donate!
NASCIO Issues Guidance for State CIOs on IT Accessibility

To mark the 25th anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act, NASCIO released a brief on accessibility in information technology procurement. This is the first brief in a two-part publication on accessibility in procurement. Part II will include states in practice and adoption information for states.

This initial brief introduces a new, policy-driven approach to information and communications technology accessibility for state CIOs, procurement organizations, and vendors. Policy-Driven Adoption for Accessibility (PDAA) can help strategically drive a culture of accessibility, generating accessible products and services. The benefits of using PDAA tools include improving marketability and reducing risk to both vendors and procurement organizations by addressing inclusiveness and equal opportunity in the digital age.

Read the brief at
GovLoop Local Government Innovators Virtual Summit

NASCIO is proud to partner with GovLoop for the 2nd Annual State and Local Government Innovators Virtual Summit,  September 16.

Here's why you should sign up:
  • Meet and network with thousands of state and locals.
  • Earn up to 6 CPE credits from online trainings.
  • Hear the latest tech trends including workforce management, digital services, GIS, and data analytics.
  • Get inspired to take action to improve your community.
  • It's completely free and you can win books and swag.
Register for free at

Watch on Washington
from NASCIO Director of Government Affairs Yejin Cooke
NASCIO Endorses GIS Data Sharing Bill (S. 740)
In early August, NASCIO sent a letter to Senate Commerce Committee Chairman John Thune (R-S.D.) and Ranking Member Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) to urge them to hold a hearing on the Geospatial Data Act of 2015 (S. 740) introduced by Sens. Hatch (R-Utah) and Warner (D-Va.).

S. 740 would require federal agencies to share federally developed or acquired geospatial data in an interoperable fashion. Geospatial data sharing is currently required by executive order and federal regulations. Though these rules exist, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) reports that the vision for the National Spatial Data Infrastructure (NSDI), defined as the technology, policies, and practices that enable the sharing of national geospatial data, is far from materializing. One of the weaknesses GAO pointed out was the lack of enforcement and oversight. The Geospatial Data Act of 2015 would provide congressional oversight in order to build a robust NSDI.

NASCIO members are encouraged to reach out to their senators, especially those on the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, and urge them to co-sponsor S. 740, the Geospatial Data Act of 2015 (S. 740).

Senate Delays Cybersecurity Bill until September
Congress is officially out for the August recess but before they left town, they made sure to pack their post-recess agenda. Shortly before the recess, the Senate turned its attention to the Cybersecurity Information Security Act (CISA) (S. 754) which aims to get industry and the federal government to share cybersecurity threat data in real time. State governments would also be privy to this arrangement; states could both receive cybersecurity threat data and also share information with the federal government to combat cybersecurity threats. CISA would also exempt cybersecurity threat data from state disclosure laws.

Much of the contention in the CISA debate centered on the balance between cybersecurity threat data sharing and personally identifiable information privacy concerns. Discussions on amendments was also an issue for Senate members; ultimately, it was agreed that the Republicans would offer 10 amendments and Democrats would offer 11 once the upper chamber resumes their work on CISA after the August recess.

NASCIO will continue to monitor the progress of this debate. Read more about the CISA debate here.

Busy Schedule Awaits Congress in Fall Including Action on Budget and Transportation
It's been pretty quiet on Capitol Hill this month but this will change quickly in September. Next month, the fiscal year will end which means that Congress will have to forge a FY 2016 budget path in order to keep the government open and operating. Both chambers' appropriations committees have passed all 12 appropriations bills; the House is a bit further along in the process. However, large differences remain between the upper and lower chamber and reconciling those could prove problematic if not impossible. Complicating matters, the House is only in session 12 days and the Senate 15 in September; they must complete a budget agreement within this time frame to keep the government open. Many have said that a continuing resolution (CR) is the most likely funding avenue. A CR would mean that state governments would not see meaningful increases in federal programs.

Other issues on the fall schedule could include funding for transportation and addressing debt ceiling. The current transportation funding and authorization law, MAP-21, was funded for 3 months shortly before recess because Congress could not reach consensus on a new transportation bill, Developing a Reliable and Innovative Vision for the Economy Act (DRIVE Act) (S. 1647), that would authorize transportation programs for six-years and provide $478 billion in funding. The current 3-month funding for MAP-21 will expire at the end of October.

Welcome to NASCIO's New Director of Government Affairs

Meet Our Newest Members
New Chief Information Officer:
  • Phil Wittmer, Chief Information Technology Officer, Kansas
New Corporate Members:
  • EY
  • ForeScout Technologies
  • Integris Applied
  • Lochbridge
  • PCC Technology Group
  • Veritas
Committee and Working Group Updates
The Broadband and Telecommunications Committee last met on July 22. Timothy Pierce, FirstNet's region 5 lead, joined the call and shared information on FirstNet's current activity and outlined details about the future process. Specifically, Pierce shared the sequence of events that would occur should a state choose to opt-out of FirstNet. During the call, committee members decided to keep a record of all questions related to FirstNet on the NASCIO Community; questions will be posted in late August. The next committee call will take place September 29 and will discuss SCADA security.
The Enterprise Architecture and Governance Committee and the Data Management Working Group held a combined monthly call on August 13 where the current status on data management issues brief #1 and #2 were reviewed. The first issue brief is in the final stages and has been uploaded to the community library for review. It builds on previous publications on data governance and sets the stage for forthcoming issue briefs that will make up the library of resources NASCIO delivers. If you have additional ideas and input please contact Eric Sweden at, or respond to the discussion item on the NASCIO Data Management Online Community.
The Health and Human Services Working Group last met July 29 where the group heard from Marcus Rennick on the Public Health Community Platform.
The August call for the  National Innovation Forum  was in collaboration with the Security and Privacy Committee and the Broadband and Telecommunications Committee and focused on security issues surrounding the Internet of Things.
The Security and Privacy Committee 's August meeting featured a presentation from Agnes Kirk, CISO, state of Washington, and Dan Lohrmann, Chief Strategist and Chief Security Officer for Security Mentor, on securing the Internet of Things. The September call will feature a presentation on cyber analytics. Please note: Outlook meeting requests will no longer be used for this committee - email for more information.
The  State IT Procurement Modernization Committee 's 
September meeting will feature a discussion on NASCIO's Policy-Driven Adoption for Accessibility white paper series with Sarah Bourne, director of IT accessibility, Massachusetts Office of Information Technology; Jeff Kline, program director, Statewide EIR Accessibility, Texas Department of Information Resources; and Jay Wyant, chief information accessibility officer, State of Minnesota (MN.IT Services).
NASCIO: Making Connections
NASCIO Executive Director Doug Robinson  attended and spoke at the National Conference of State Legislatures Legislative Summit in Seattle, August 4-6 and to state budget directors at the National Association of State Budget Officers Annual Meeting in Stowe, Vt., August 11-12.
NASCIO Committee and Working Group Schedule
  • Health and Human Services Working Group
    Wednesday, August 26 at 3 p.m. Eastern
  • State IT Procurement Modernization Committee
    Wednesday, September 9 at 2 p.m. Eastern 
  • Enterprise Architecture and Governance Committee / Data Management Working Group
    Thursday, September 10 at 2 p.m. Eastern
  • Security and Privacy Committee
    Tuesday, September 15 at 3 p.m. Eastern
  • Corporate Leadership Council
    Wednesday, September 16 at 3 p.m. Eastern
  • Broadband and Telecommunications Committee
    Tuesday, September 29 at 2 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.
DLT Solutions 
Contact: Mary Lochbaum
Title: Event Marketing Coordinator
Address: 2411 Dulles Corner Park, Ste 800, Herndon, VA  20171
Phone: 703.773.9229

Founded in 1991, DLT Solutions delivers best of class technology solutions to federal, state, and municipal governments and businesses from its headquarters in Herndon, VA. To achieve that mission, DLT has tightly integrated itself with some of the most prominent IT software and hardware manufacturers in the world including Autodesk, Google, NetApp, Oracle, Quest Software, Red Hat, SolarWinds and Symantec, among others. With its product portfolio, multiple procurement vehicles and award-winning track record, DLT confidently supports public sector clients in the technology implementation required to achieve their agency missions. DLT was recently honored as number one in the Term Software License category in the GSA IT Catalog of Top IT Contractors on GSA Schedule 70. For more information visit
Palo Alto Networks
Contact: Kenny Holmes
Title: Regional Sales Manager
Address:  4401 Great America Pkwy, Santa Clara , CA  95054 
Phone: 312.962.0061

Palo Alto Networks is leading a new era in cybersecurity by protecting thousands of enterprise, government, and service provider networks from cyber threats. Because of our deep expertise, steadfast commitment to innovation and game- changing next-generation security platform, more than 13,500 customers have chosen Palo Alto Networks and this number grows every day.

Our platform natively brings together all key network security functions, including firewall, URL filtering, IDS/IPS, and advanced threat protection. Because these functions are purposely built into the platform from the ground up and they natively share important information across the respective disciplines, we ensure better security than legacy products. As a result, organizations can safely enable the use of all applications critical to running their business, maintain complete visibility and control, confidently pursue new technology initiatives like cloud, SDN and mobility, and protect the organization from the most basic to multi- faceted and complicated cyber attacks - known and unknown.
Contact: Dennis Sherrard
Title: Vice President, State and Local Markets
Address: 4242 Campus Point Ct, San Diego, CA  92121
Phone: 817.494.3669

SAIC is a scientific, engineering, and technology company that uses its deep domain knowledge to solve problems of vital importance to the nation and the world in national security, energy, environment, health and cybersecurity. Since it was founded in 1969, SAIC has become a trusted advisor to both government agencies and businesses, while designing, developing, implementing and operating IT solutions and services. SAIC's IT solutions and services comprehensively address complex problems and enable its clients to operate more efficiently for the benefit of its customers or constituents.

SAIC's success has been primarily attributable to maintaining highly experienced staff, its keen understanding of the businesses segments it serves and its unwavering commitment to provide solutions that are product agnostic across all technologies.

SAIC is headquartered in McLean, Virginia and is publicly traded on the New York Stock Exchange. For more information, please visit