March 2016

In This Issue:
Top Stories

NASCIO Conference News

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Events of Interest
National Association of State Budget Officers Spring Meeting On State Fiscal Conditions
March 31-April 1, 2016
New Orleans, Louisiana
International Association of Privacy Professionals Global Privacy Summit 2016
April 3-4, 2016
Washington, DC
National Emergency Management Association 2016 Mid-Year Emergency Management Policy & Leadership Forum
April 3-7, 2016
Alexandria, Virginia
Smart Card Alliance 2016 Payments Summit
April 4-7, 2016
Orlando, Florida
American Council for Technology and Industry Advisory Council Igniting Innovation 2016
April 25, 2016
Washington, DC
National Association of State Chief Information Officers 2016 Midyear Conference
May 3-5, 2016
Baltimore, Maryland
American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators 2016 Region IV Conference
May 16-19, 2016
Portland, Oregon
NASCIO provides two topical Newsbriefs which will be delivered via email to you each week on Enterprise Architecture
and Cybersecurity

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Thank You to Our 2016 Midyear Sponsors


Amazon Web Services
BMC Software
CGI Technologies & Solutions Inc.
Compuware Corporation
Dell Inc.
DLT Solutions, LLC
EMC Corporation
Gartner, Inc.
Harris Corporation
KSM Consulting
MorphoTrust USA
Palo Alto Networks
Pure Storage
Xerox Public Sector Solutions

CA Technologies
Capgemini Government Solutions
Lenovo US
Microsoft Corporation
SAP Public Services

CTERA Networks
First Data
Infosys Public Services, Inc.
Pegasystems Inc.
Tata Consultancy Services
ThreatTrack Security

Deloitte Consulting LLP
Hewlett Packard Enterprise

ForeScout Technologies


Upcoming NASCIO Webinar

NASCIO & NIEM Working Together:
Advancing Information Exchange Efforts Across All Levels of Government

Tuesday, April 12 at 2 pm Eastern

Join NASCIO and NIEM for a discussion on strengthening government through better collaboration and information sharing. Examples of intergovernmental collaborative projects will be shared by state and local government recipients of the Best of NIEM awards.

Questions? Contact Eric Sweden, NASCIO program director, Enterprise Architecture & Governance at
For more information on NIEM, visit

Click here to register

Nominate your state's innovative projects for recognition!  NASCIO is seeking nominations of transformational projects and initiatives that address critical business problems, improve business processes and increase citizen engagement in state government. 

Visit for categories, eligibility and nomination requirements. 
All nominations must be received by Friday, May 13.

Need inspiration? Visit the Awards Library for past nominations.

Award Recipient Spotlight:
State of Oregon

The NASCIO State IT Recognition Awards honor outstanding technology achievements in state government. Learn about the 2015 award recipients through the spotlight series. Award submissions from 2001 to present can be found in the
awards library.

Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity Readiness
Oregon Interoperability Service (OIS) Project

Emerging and Innovative Technologies
Oregon Road Usage Charge Program - OReGO

NASCIO Give Back

Give Back donations will support Maker Foundations, a flagship after-school program of the Digital Harbor Foundation (DHF). Over 14 weeks, middle and high school students learn a variety of Maker skills - coding, graphic design, 3D printing, electronics and more - and combine these skills to create their own capstone projects. 
Learn more about NASCIO Give Back.

NASCIO Policy Talk

State IT Procurement Reform: Why It's Important 

Meredith Ward, NASCIO Senior Policy Analyst
In last month's NASCIO Connections, you may have seen that NASCIO issued a call to action for state IT procurement reform, and you may have noticed that we have been talking about procurement a lot lately. So why all of the procurement talk and why is this important?

You may know that every year, NASCIO surveys our state CIOs on important issues and publishes a report about what we ask. So, in the 2015 report, just like in the 2013, 2012 and 2010 reports, about half of state CIOs have reported negative feelings about the state IT procurement process. Additionally, in December of last year, we asked our private sector partners how they felt about the state IT procurement process and 70% expressed the same negative feelings. One corporate partner even said, "disorganized, inconsistent processes, governance and standards across agencies even with a supposedly centralized procurement function," continue to plague the state IT procurement process. Yikes.

Clearly, it was time for NASCIO to change course in how we were discussing state IT procurement and be more proactive in reforming business as usual.

To start, NASCIO is calling for the following:
  • Remove unlimited liability clauses in state terms and conditions
  • Introduce more flexible terms and conditions
  • Don't require performance bonds from vendors
  • Leverage enterprise architecture for improved IT procurement
  • Improve the Negotiations Process

If you want to learn more about the five recommendations, feel free to visit I'm also happy to report that, shortly after we released our call to action, our partners at the National Association of State Procurement Officials endorsed the recommendations and we are working with them to achieve state IT procurement bliss.

Where do we go from here? We are meeting with other partner organizations and spreading the word about what we are doing. We'll also be talking about this and discussing at our Midyear Conference in May - hope to see you there!

Watch on Washington

Yejin Cooke, Director of Government Affairs
Commentary by Donny Jackson in IWCE's Urgent Communications points out that "Governors likely will be missing key FirstNet data point" stating that state plans will not include an estimate of what that state's expected contribution would have been under an opt-in scenario. This adds even more uncertainty to the opt-out process which requires approval by the FCC and the NTIA before the state can deploy its RAN. Click here to read the article.

Encryption is still the hot issue and congressional members are weighing in. The Warner-McCaul proposal has gained the most attention; the Digital Security Commission Act of 2016 (S. 2604) would establish a 16 expert commission to study "privacy and digital security" issues. Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Burr is also planning to unveil a proposal that would allow law enforcement access to encrypted data with a warrant. The House Judiciary Committee and House Energy and Commerce Committee have formed an 8-member group to study potential solution that "preserve the benefits of strong encryption."

On March 31, the FCC will vote on efforts to reform the Lifeline program one of which is to expand support to broadband services, subsidies would be $9.25. The proposal would also establish a third party to verify eligibility for the program. FCC commissioners will also be voting on a proposal to require an affirmative "opt-in" from broadband customers if their data is utilized in a manner beyond those outlined, such as marketing.

In a report to Congress, DHS has detailed a plan for the reorganization of the National Protection and Programs Directorate (NPPD). The move would elevate the role of cybersecurity in its programs in response to escalating threats to cyber and physical systems. The plan calls for consolidation of "all technical cyber operational activity into the NCCIC and elevate its mission leadership to the Assistant Secretary-level, thereby ensuring senior-level attention to the growing program demand." The reorganized NPPD would have three subcomponents: the NCCIC, Infrastructure Security; the Federal Protective Service; and a centralized management and mission support office that covers acquisition, business, strategic, and analytical services." A legislative proposal on the DHS reorganization is expected by the end of spring according to House Homeland Security Cybersecurity Subcommittee Chairman John Ratcliffe (R-TX).
Meet Our Newest Members
New Chief Information Officer:


Greg Zickau

Chief Information Officer

State of Idaho

New NonProfit Member:
  • The Pew Charitable Trusts
NASCIO: Making Connections

NASCIO Executive Director Doug Robinson and Director of Government Affairs Yejin Cooke attended the Council of State Archivists (COSA) Partner Briefing in Washington, DC on March 15.
NASCIO Committee and Working Group Schedule
  • Executive Committee
    Thursday, April 7 at 4 pm Eastern
  • National Innovation Forum
    Wednesday, April 13 at 12 pm Eastern
  • Enterprise Architecture & Governance Committee
    Thursday, April 14 at 2 pm Eastern 
  • Data Management Working Group
    Thursday, April 14 at 3 pm Eastern
  • Cybersecurity Committee and Broadband and Telecommunications Committee
    Tuesday, April 19 at 2 pm Eastern
  • Privacy and Data Protection Working Group
    Wednesday, April 27 at 3 pm 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.