November/December 2014 
In This Issue:
Top Stories
State CIO Top 10 Priorities for 2015
NASCIO has released the top 10 ranking of policy and technology issues facing state government for 2015 and security, cloud services, and consolidation remain in the top three positions of critical state CIO priorities, according to state information technology leaders surveyed.

The prioritized rankings of strategies and technologies reflect voting by state CIOs and are available for download from NASCIO at

The CIO top ten priorities are used as input for strategic areas of focus for the coming year, development of new committees and working groups, and the planning of NASCIO conference sessions and publications.

To submit information for the next edition, contact Meghan Penning, NASCIO Connections editor.
Events of Interest
National Conference of State Legislatures Forum and Meeting of the Standing Committees
December 9-12, 2014
Washington, D.C.

Integrated Justice Information Systems Institute National Symposium
January 20-23, 2015
Arlington, Va.

Badge & Tech Benefit & Awards Dinner in conjunction with the Integrated Justice Information Systems Institute National Symposium
January 22, 2015
Arlington, Va.

2015 SEARCH Winter Membership Group Meeting
January 27-29, 2015
Austin, Texas

Cybersecurity for Direct Digital Manufacturing Symposium hosted by the National Institute of Standards and Technology Information Technology Laboratory Computer Security Division 
February 3, 2015
Gaithersburg, Md.

Smart Card Alliance Payments Summit
February 3-5, 2015
Salt Lake City, Utah

National Association of Secretaries of State 2015 Winter Meeting
February 10-13, 2015
Washington, D.C.

Association of Government Accountants 2015 National Leadership Training
February 11-12, 2015
Washington, D.C.

National Association of State Workforce Agencies Winter Policy Forum
February 18-20, 2015
Washington, D.C.

National Association of Counties Legislative Conference
February 21-25, 2015
Washington, D.C.

National Emergency Number Association 9-1-1 Goes to Washington
February 22-25, 2015
Arlington, Va.

National Association of Attorneys General 2015 Winter Meeting
February 23-25, 2015
Washington, D.C.

National States Geographic Information Council 2015 Midyear Meeting
February 23-26, 2015
Annapolis, Md.

The American Council for Technology Industry Advisory Council Acquisition Excellence Training Conference
March 3, 2015
Washington, D.C.

The International Association of Privacy Professionals Global Privacy Summit 2015
March 4-6, 2015
Washington, D.C.

National League of Cities 2015 Congressional City Conference
March 7-11, 2015
Washington, D.C.

National Association of State Technology Directors 2015 Southern Region Seminar
March 9-12, 2015
Savannah, Ga.

National Association of State Auditors, Comptrollers and Treasurers NASC Annual Conference 
March 11-13, 2015
Richmond, Va.

National Association of Attorneys General 2015 Southern Region Meeting
March 12-13, 2015
Point Clear, Ala.

National Emergency Management Association 2015 Mid-Year Emergency Management Policy & Leadership Forum
March 13-17, 2015
Alexandria, Va.

2015 State Healthcare IT Connect Summit
March 23-24, 2015
Baltimore, Md.

National Association of State Procurement Officials 2015 How to Market to State Governments Meeting
March 29-31, 2015
Philadelphia, Pa.

NASCIO Receives U.S. Department of Justice Grant to Advance Cybersecurity in the States
NASCIO has been awarded a National Justice Information Sharing Initiative grant to advance best practices in cyber incidence response planning and the use of cyber analytics at the state government level. The award from the U.S. Department of Justice is in the amount of $100,000 and continues the partnership between NASCIO and the Bureau of Justice Assistance to advance enterprise architecture and information sharing in the states.

Objectives noted in NASCIO's proposal included developing guidance for the creation of a state Cybersecurity Disruption Response Plan and creation of best practices on the adoption of cyber threat analytics.

NASCIO is now collecting references and contacts related to cyber disruption response planning and the employment of analytics within cybersecurity. Contact Eric Sweden at or Meredith Ward at if you are interested in working on this initiative or can provide assistance.
Important Dates for the 2015 Midyear Conference
2015 NASCIO Midyear Conference
April 26-29 at the Hilton Alexandria Mark Center in Alexandria, Va.

Visit the 2015 Midyear Conference webpage for up-to-date information on the Conference!

year Conference Call for Ideas
The NASCIO Midyear Conference Call for Ideas opened Dece
mber 2. Visit to submit your ideas for sessions and speakers!

Midyear Conference sponsorships open at noon Eastern on January 7. More information will be sent directly to corporate members before the close of the year.

Conference registration is scheduled to open January 22.
Learn, Share, and Connect with Upcoming Webinars
Join us in reviewing the results and recommendations of the 2014 Deloitte-NASCIO Cybersecurity Study - State Governments at Risk: Time to Move Forward on December 16 at 2 pm EST.

This study reports findings and analysis of a comprehensive survey of State Chief Information Security Officers (CISOs) conducted by NASCIO in partnership with Deloitte. CISOs from 49 states participated in the survey and 186 elected and appointed business leaders from a broad cross-section of states responded to a parallel survey. Key themes that will be covered include: the maturing role of the CISO; continuing budget-strategy disconnect; cyber complexity challenge; and, the cybersecurity talent crisis.

Registration information coming soon!
January 7 at 2 pm EST, the National Association of State Chief Information Officers and the Public Technology Institute are coming together to provide a picture of what the technology priorities, issues, and trends for state and local governments will be in 2015.

State of the States 2015: Presented by Doug Robinson, NASCIO Executive Director

What's In and What's Out for Cities and Counties: Presented by Alan Shark, PTI Executive Director

Register now!
NASCIO Technology Champion Award

The NASCIO Technology Champion Award honors innovative leadership to promote 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


Nominations for the NASCIO Technology Champion Award open December 11 at Deadline for submissions is January 22.

State IT Recognition Awards Spotlight
Thanks to Virginia and New Mexico for sharing their NASCIO State IT Recognition Award Programs in October and November. Recordings and presentation slides of these webinars are available now.

Stayed tuned for information on the next webinar in January!
Watch on Washington
NASCIO Responds to FirstNet RFI, Public Notice
The FirstNet Board of Directors met September 17 and announced the release of two documents seeking public input on how to move forward with the FirstNet public safety broadband network. The first document was a Request for Information (RFI) on how the authority should build the network; the second was a Public Notice discussing the statutory interpretation of FirstNet and its mission. NASCIO responded to both documents on October 27.

In NASCIO's response to the RFI, NASCIO recommended a number of changes. The strongest overarching theme was a clear nexus between the vendor-driven purchasing process, state consultations, and use of infrastructure. NASCIO also recommended including state and local consultation in the statement of objectives (SOO) that will guide FirstNet's core vendor relationship decisions. In addition, NASCIO recommended flexibility for customization of the network for opt-in states, diverse pricing options for a wide variety of uses, and a strong look at procurement at all levels of government. NASCIO's response to the RFI can be found here.

In NASCIO's response to the Public Notice, NASCIO recommended FirstNet set the statutory rural milestones as part of the state consultation process, as well as the user base in each state. NASCIO partially challenged FirstNet's definition of utilizing existing infrastructure "to the maximum extent economically desirable," clarifying this may include the betterment of state and local taxpayers. NASCIO's response to the public notice can be found here.

In addition to NASCIO, the public notice received 20 state responses, plus the District of Columbia, as well as regional and local authorities and non-profit associations that represent public safety professionals.

Support for State Health and Human Services Systems Integration and Modernization Extended
In a significant victory for states that should lead to significant cost savings at all levels of government, the federal government announced a three-year extension of the A87 waiver authority to enable states to complete their work on integration of health and human services eligibility and enrollment systems through December 2018, along with new regulations that will codify the availability of the 90/10 federal matching funds for Medicaid eligibility and enrollment systems on a permanent basis. This ideally allows states to build systems that ensure those applying for government benefits are viewed in a holistic manner, with eligibility for various human services programs considered all in one system.

NASCIO wrote to key federal agencies on the issue in May and urged to extend the exception, along with the 90/10 cost share. The extension gives certainty to states who did not believe they would be able to finalize systems integration before efforts were slated to end on December 31, 2015. It will likely mean lower costs in the long-run for taxpayers at all levels of government through more efficient and effective programs. Read NASCIO's letter to federal agencies on the topic here.

NIST Developing Standards on Securing Unclassified Federal Information Held By States, Others
In what could be a significant win for states juggling various data security rules from a myriad of federal agencies, the National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST) is developing guidance on protecting controlled unclassified information on non-federal systems covered by the Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA). NASCIO has been in discussions with NIST and others have stated concerns about often redundant and occasionally conflicting information security rules from federal agencies. The hope is that this type of guidance reduces the burden and streamlines the many security regimes across federal and state programs. The initial public draft guidelines were released November 18 and is open for public comment through January 18. The draft, Special Publication 800-171, is available here.

DHS Seeking Input on Critical Infrastructure R&D Plan
As part of the executive actions that the administration took on cybersecurity in February 2013, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is required to develop a National Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience R&D Plan within two years. With the deadline three months away, DHS is seeking input from partners on how to proceed. Some of the key questions include information on what factors should be considered and the role of the public sector.

NASCIO staff has participated in a Critical Infrastructure Partnership Advisory Council meeting on the plan. States and other interested parties may submit their input by December 17 here: Request for Comments and Answers to Specific Questions To Inform Development of the National Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience (NCISR) Research and Development (R&D) Plan.

Chances for Cyber Legislation in the Lame Duck Are Dwindling
A bundle of non-controversial cybersecurity bills that cement into law ongoing federal activities and bolster national cybersecurity only have a handful of days left before the 113th Congress ends. With congressional leaders facing a number of outstanding "must pass" bills, chances of passage are becoming increasingly difficult. Bills include: reforming FISMA (which also has a significant impact on state and local governments,) supporting the cybersecurity framework and other ongoing DHS activities, as well as promoting cyber workforce development.

If bills fail to pass before the end of the year, new committee chairmen will likely need to start the process over in the next Congress. While House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Mike McCaul will stay put (and continue being a strong proponent of supporting collaboration on cyber activities throughout the public sector,) chairs and ranking members for a variety of other key committees will change. New chairmen typically mean new priorities and new hearings, making the process more onerous.

FCC Proposes Additional Changes to E-rate
Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Tom Wheeler is preparing a proposal for the next step in modernizing the E-rate broadband for schools and libraries program - providing additional funding to roll out high-speed broadband access to schools and libraries, particularly in rural areas where it is often prohibitively expensive. To do so, Wheeler is proposing an increase in the E-rate spending cap from the current $2.4 to $3.9 billion per year. This would raise the Universal Service Fund fee on phone lines 16 cents per month.

Over the past year, the FCC has reviewed the program and made several reforms to E-rate such as phasing out support for legacy services and moving that funding toward faster internal connections (WiFi) within schools. In addition, the commission instituted reforms to promote regional approaches and bulk purchasing of equipment. NASCIO weighed in on these reforms and was particularly supportive of the modernization and efficiencies brought to the program. Find NASCIO's remarks at

The commission will vote on the proposed plan at their next public meeting December 11.
Committee and Working Group Updates
The Broadband and Telecommunications Committee met October 28 and discussed FirstNet's initial state consultation meetings, things that non-participating states should anticipate, FirstNet RFI and Public Notice, along with various states' responses. The group also discussed recharter of the committee as the Broadband and Telecommunications Committee, and future committee products and discussion items.
The Enterprise Architecture and Governance Committee held its monthly call on November 13. Discussion included an overview of the Public Health Community Platform Phase II, plans for creating a data management working group under the EA&G program, and a review of the deliverables under NASCIO's current grant supplement from the U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance.

The committee continues to recruit for faculty to present on a series of webinars on data management and enterprise portfolio management. Contact Eric Sweden at if you are interested in presenting.
The Health Care Working Group hosted a presentation from Karen Ruiz and Juli Baker with Covered California, California's health care exchange on December 3. For more information or to join the working group, contact Amy Glasscock at
The National Innovation Forum is a new community of interest for NASCIO state members striving for innovation and technology at the state government level. The forum will provide strategic alignment to goals and objectives of state members where they may share best practices, examples, ideas and showcase real-world manifestations of innovative projects. Those interested in participating may contact Amy Glasscock at for more information. The December 10 call will feature a presentation from the state of Texas.
The Security and Privacy Committee recently hosted Kathleen Patentreger from the Center for Internet Security on its monthly call. Patentreger provided an update on the National Cyber Security Review. 

The State IT Procurement Modernization Committee
continues to work on cloud services and its next publication will be a joint effort with the National Association of State Procurement Officials. 

The Security and Privacy Committee and the State IT Procurement Modernization Committee will hold a joint call on December 10 where guest speaker Dennis Gallitano, an attorney who concentrates his practice in information technology in the university and higher education, health care, automotive, financial and communications industries, will present on cybersecurity and IT contracting. For more information on either NASCIO committee, contact Meredith Ward at
NASCIO: Making Connections
Doug Robinson, NASCIO executive director, spoke at the 2014 North American International Cyber Summit, November 16-17 in Detroit, Mich.

Robinson will also speak at the following events in December and January:
  • Tennessee IT Leadership Summit
  • Cybersecurity Summit and National Conference of State Legislatures Forum
  • Integrated Justice Information Systems Institute National Symposium
Mitch Herckis, NASCIO government affairs director, participated in a Department of Homeland Security Critical Infrastructure Partnership Advisory Council meeting on November 18.

Eric Sweden, NASCIO program director, enterprise architecture and governance, represented NASCIO on the Public Health Community Platform Steering Committee meeting, October 28-29 in Washington D.C.
NASCIO Committee and Working Group Schedule
  • Executive Committee
    Thursday, December 4 at 4 p.m. Eastern
  • National Innovation Forum
     Wednesday, December 10 at 12 p.m. Eastern
  • State IT Procurement Modernization Committee in conjunction with the Security and Privacy Committee
    Wednesday, December 10 at 2 p.m. Eastern
  • Enterprise Architecture and Governance Committee - Thursday, December 11 at 2 p.m. Eastern
  • Broadband and Telecommunications Committee
    Tuesday, December 16 at 2 p.m. Eastern
  • Corporate Leadership Council
    Wednesday, December 17 at 3 p.m. Eastern
  • Executive Committee
    - Thursday, January 8 at 4 p.m. Eastern
  • National Innovation Forum
    - Wednesday, January 14 at 12 p.m. Eastern
  • State IT Procurement Modernization Committee
    Wednesday, January 14 at 2 p.m. Eastern
Corporate Member Partner Profiles
Each month, NASCIO randomly draws three corporate members to be featured in the monthly newsletter. To view a complete list of NASCIO's corporate partners, visit

Contact: Rick Freedman
Title: Senior Product Marketing Manager
Address: 130 Holger Way, San Jose, CA  95134
Phone: 408.333.2341

Brocade provides innovative network solutions that help the world's leading organizations transition smoothly to a virtualized world where applications and information can reside anywhere. These solutions deliver the unique capabilities for a more flexible IT infrastructure with unmatched simplicity, non-stop networking, application optimization, and investment protection. As a result, organizations in a wide range of industries can achieve their most critical business objectives with greater simplicity and a faster return on investment.

Contact: Jeff Spears
Title: Regional Vice President
Address: 7035 Ridge Rd, Hanover, MD  21076 
Phone: 720.898.1635

Ciena Corporation, the network specialist, provides solutions that improve quality of life for your constituents through transformational network infrastructure that enables you to expand healthcare, education, public safety, and commerce reliably and cost-effectively-improving government transparency while reducing cost through greater efficiency. We deliver this through specialist expertise and innovative technologies- including deterministic packet transport, advanced coherent optics, automated OTN switching, control plane, and unified network management-enabling you to consolidate data centers and redundant networks to reduce costs while embracing cloud computing, big data analytics and mobility. Ciena is a trusted and proven partner to local, state, and regional governments. We take a collaborative approach to our relationships-tailoring solutions to your particular objectives.
Harris Corporation

Contact: Greg Coleman
Title: National Marketing, Business Development Coordinator
Phone: 612.521.4607

Harris Public Safety and Professional Communications, a division of Harris Corporation, offers the most advanced IP networks, secure, next-generation public safety-grade LTE solutions and industry-leading radios, it is no wonder that Harris has become a leading provider of trusted communications for those who defend, protect, and serve. Learn more: 
New NASCIO Community Feature
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