September 2015

In This Issue:
Top Stories
Taking Off: Get Ready for the 2015 Annual Conference

We look forward to seeing everyone in Salt Lake City, Utah in just a couple of weeks. Visit the conference webpage to get prepared; you will find:
  • A detailed agenda with keynote and session descriptions
  • Bios for conference speakers
  • White papers and other resources provided by our sponsors
Make plans to attend the State Recognition Awards Dinner Monday, October 12 at 6pm. NASCIO will honor states for their innovative state IT projects for the 27th consecutive year, announcing the recipients of the 2015 State IT Recognition Awards.

Upcoming Deadline:
  • Tuesday, September 29 - Last day for members to register online and receive the online registration rate

To submit information for the next edition, contact Meghan Penning , NASCIO Connections editor.
Events of Interest
National Association of State Procurement Officials 2015 Annual Conference
September 27-30, 2015
Norfolk, Va.
The National Emergency Management Association Annual Forum 2015
September 28-October 1, 2015
Miami, Fla.
The International Association of Privacy Professionals and CSA Congress Privacy. Security. Risk. 2015 Conference
September 30-October 1, 2015
Las Vegas, Nev.
Association of State and Territorial Health Officials Annual Meeting
September 30-October 1, 2015
Salt Lake City, Utah
2015 National Association of State Budget Officers Fall Meeting
October 1-2, 2015
Arlington, Va.
Smart Card Alliance Member Meeting
October 4-6, 2015
Phoenix, Ariz.
National States Geographic Information Council 2015 Annual Conference
October 5-9, 2015
Kansas City, Mo.
Smart Card Alliance NFC Solutions Summit
October 7-8, 2015
Phoenix, Ariz.
Public Technology Institute 2015 Local Government CIO Summit
October 11-13, 2015
Salt Lake City, Utah
Chief Officers of State Library Agencies 2015 Membership Meeting
October 18-21, 2015
Cape May, NJ

2015 Annual Sponsors
Pinnacle Sponsors
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.
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 Kicks off Cyber Security Awareness Month with Updated State Cybersecurity Resource Guide

For the 2015 observance of National Cyber Security Awareness Month, NASCIO has updated its Resource Guide for state cybersecurity awareness, education, and training initiatives. The guide includes new information from state members, who provided examples of state awareness programs and initiatives. 

The Resource Guide is a work-in-progress that should provide a valuable reference resource for Cyber Security Awareness Month, as well as the ongoing planning of security awareness and training efforts state programs may undertake thereafter.

The 2015 NASCIO Cybersecurity Awareness Resource Guide, along with additional cybersecurity resources and advocacy efforts, may be found on NASCIO's Cybersecurity Awareness resource page at
Learn, Share, and Connect with NASCIO Webinars

State Cyber Disruption Response Planning 
Speakers from the states of Michigan and Connecticut share their experiences and lessons learned in developing their respective
State Government Cyber Disruption Response Plans. 

This project was supported in part by Grant No. 2010-DJ-BX-K046 awarded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance.

  • Chris Christensen, Director of Office of Infrastructure Protection Department of Technology Management and Budget, State of Michigan
  • David Geick, Director IT Security DAS/Bureau of Enterprise Systems and Technology, State of Connecticut
  • Sheri DeVaux, IT Security Manager, DAS/Bureau of Enterprise Systems and Technology, State of Connecticut

Thursday, October 1, at 3:00 pm Eastern
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GovLoop Local Government Innovators Virtual Summit was a Success!

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

In case you missed it - the Virtual Summit is on demand for three months and can be accessed online here.

Watch on Washington
from NASCIO Director of Government Affairs Yejin Cooke
Busy Agenda Begins 
Congressional members have returned to Washington, D.C. and are hopefully refreshed and energized to tackle the enormous amount of issues that awaits them. Here's a rundown of some of the more pressing issues:

Iran: On September 10, the Senate's cloture motion, or vote to end debate, failed (58-42) which means that the vote on disapproval could not move forward. However, Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has set up another vote on the same issue stating that he hoped pressure from constituents would convince Democrats to switch their votes. In the House, they too will be debating and voting on several measures related to Iran already having approved one resolution that states that the official 60-day review period for the agreement has not started because the administration did not submit details of bilateral side agreements to Congress. Congress had until September 17 to pass a joint resolution disapproving of the deal per the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act.

Budget: Everyone in Washington is on high alert to see if and how Congress can keep the federal government open and operating. The latest projections and rumor on the hill speculate that Congress will approve a short-term continuing resolution (CR) that could last until mid-December at which point the administration is expected to ask Congress to raise the debt limit. Complicating matters is the issue of Planned Parenthood to which Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) and Rand Paul (R-Ky.) have voiced extreme opposition, threatening to defund the organization as part of any budget deal which would then put the onus on the President who has threatened a veto any measure that defunds Planned Parenthood.

Transportation: The federal highway bill is the vehicle that reimburses state and locals for their work on roads. The current authorization extension of the highway bill lasts until October 29 which is designed to give the House enough time to formulate a multi-year bill; the Senate passed a six-year reauthorization in late July though it is only half funded. House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman, Bill Shuster has stated that his goal was to pass a multi-year bill in September with conference to follow in October.

Another issue to watch out for is tax extenders - both chambers have addressed extending several tax provisions that expired at the end of 2014; the Senate is slightly ahead in the game because the Finance Committee approved a measure in July to renew almost all of the expired provisions. The House has taken a piecemeal approach. Extenders include those such as: deduction for state and local sales tax, above-the-line deduction for teachers and several business and energy related measures. Without an extension, these provisions would expire which some have termed a "tax hike"; this has drawn the ire of over 2,000 business groups that recently sent a letter to Congress urging swift action on extension.

Get to Know the NASCIO Team

Meet Our Newest Members

New Chief Information Officer:
  • Frank LG Lujan, Jr., Acting Chief Technology Officer, Government of Guam
New Corporate Members:
  • Box
  • CEB
Committee and Working Group Updates
The August call for the Broadband and Telecommunications Committee was in collaboration with the Security and Privacy Committee and the National Innovation Forum and focused on security issues surrounding the Internet of Things. On the July call, committee members requested an online repository of questions related to FirstNet; those questions have now been posted. Yejin Cooke will serve as the liaison to FirstNet as we gather answers posed by NASCIO members.
The  Enterprise Architecture and Governance Committee  and the  Data Management Working Group  held a combined monthly call on September 10. The committee reviewed the working drafts of two reports that will be released this year. NASCIO has delivered a number of work products that are directly related to data management. The overall portfolio of publications, webinars and conference sessions were reviewed and discussed.

Currently under development are several briefs. The first issue brief from the working group will present the importance of data management. The second brief will present how to get started and the third brief will deal with the legal issues related to data management.

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 NASCIO Enterprise Architecture and Governance committee submitted a response to the Federation of Enterprise Architecture Professional Organizations (FEAPO) on their draft publication on Guidance on Career Paths. For more information on FEAPO visit
The Health and Human Services Working Group last met August 26 and focused on State Innovation Model Grants from CMS. The committee heard from Sheetal Shah of CMS, William Golden of Arkansas Medicaid and Jean Lamont from the Colorado SIM office.
The  National Innovation Forum's  September webinar featured James Kauth, director of innovation for the state of Minnesota discussing innovation and ideation in Minnesota, and Billy Hylton, digital services director in the state of North Carolina discussing North Carolina Digital Commons.
The Security and Privacy Committee  will next meet in  November and will feature the Department of Homeland Security speaking on cybersecurity education and awareness programs, highlighting their scholarship for service program and free cyber training for government officials.
The  State IT Procurement Modernization Committee released  part II of the Policy-Driven Adoption for Accessibility (PDAA) paper series in late August. Parts I and II can be viewed on NASCIO's website:
NASCIO: Making Connections
NASCIO Executive Director Doug Robinson attended and spoke at the following events in August and September:
  • The National Association of State Technology Directors Annual meeting; moderated a panel with Stu Davis, CIO of Ohio and Craig Orgeron, CIO of Mississippi, August 23-27 in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • A state IT briefing for U.S. Government Accountability Office, September 2 in Washington, DC
  • Represented NASCIO at the Information Sharing Environment Summit for State Policy Leaders, September 16-17 in Reston, Va.
On September 11, NASCIO Director of Government Affairs Yejin Cooke moderated the "Cybersecurity and Local Governments - What Every Community Needs to Know" panel at the National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors Conference in San Diego, Calif. She also attended NextGov Prime, September 9 at the Renaissance Downtown DC Hotel.

NASCIO Senior Policy Analyst Amy Hille Glasscock attended the Financing for Next-Generation Broadband event, Hosted by Next Century Cities, September 15-16 in Lexington, Ky.
NASCIO Committee and Working Group Schedule
  • Broadband and Telecommunications Committee
    Tuesday, September 29 at 2 p.m. Eastern
  • Health and Human Services Working Group
    Wednesday, September 30 at 3 p.m. Eastern
  • Enterprise Architecture and Governance Committee / Data Management Working Group
    Thursday, October 8 at 2 p.m. Eastern
  • Security and Privacy Committee
    Tuesday, November 17 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.
Contact: Kim Nelson
Title: Executive Director of Government Solutions 
Address: 5404 Wisconsin Ave, Ste 600, Chevy Chase, MD 20815 
Phone: 703.489.1798  

Microsoft and its industry partners help government better serve citizens, providing familiar, easy-to-use software that seamlessly and securely connects people, information and systems. Microsoft solutions address the most complex, mission-critical issues that impact the federal government and its stakeholders; as well as the specific citizen-centric needs of states, cities, and towns. 

With solutions that can be rapidly deployed across enterprises of any size and using any device, Microsoft delivers complete, end-to-end interoperable government solutions for civilian and defense agencies -- and across industries as diverse as healthcare, homeland security and justice and public safety. Visit Microsoft online at
Contact: Cathy Novak 
Title: Industry Principal, Public Sector 
Address: One Rogers St, Cambridge, MA 02142 
Phone: 630.768.7268  
Pegasystems, the leader in Business Process Management (BPM) and software for customer and citizen centricity, helps government agencies improve citizen service and handle increased demand for services without adding more resources. Our patented Build for ChangeĀ® technology speeds the delivery of critical solutions by directly capturing business objectives and eliminating manual programming. This drives agility at agencies so they can better handle accelerated policy reform. Governments save millions of dollars and increase productivity dramatically using

Pega BPM, which empowers government agencies to streamline operations and modernize legacy systems so they can gain efficiencies in areas such as citizen benefit delivery. Pega BPM and our government-specific solutions enable these organizations to deploy highly automated applications that precisely meet their needs at a fraction of the cost of traditional development methods or custom-configured commercial off-the-shelf solutions. This makes it easy for federal, state and local agencies to handle the growing stream of policy changes while fostering continuous improvement in existing processes. Using familiar tools and natural government language, our technology allows for rapidly modeling and deploying processes and rules that precisely meet specific requirements.
ThreatTrack Security
Contact: Lahn Bain 
Title: Marketing Events Manager 
Address: 311 Park Place Blvd, Ste 300, Clearwater, FL 33759 
Phone: 855.885.5566 

ThreatTrack Security specializes in helping organizations identify and stop Advanced Persistent Threats (APTs), targeted attacks and other sophisticated malware designed to evade the traditional cyber defenses deployed by enterprises and government agencies around the world. With more than 300 employees worldwide the company develops advanced cybersecurity solutions that Expose, Analyze and Eliminate the latest malicious threats, including its ThreatSecure advanced threat detection and remediation platform, ThreatAnalyzer malware behavioral analysis sandbox, ThreatIQ real-time threat intelligence service, and VIPRE business antivirus endpoint protection.