October 2015

In This Issue:
Top Stories
The 2015 State CIO Survey - Now Available!

The Value Equation: Agility in Sourcing, Software and Services
Link to 2015 CIO Survey Report
NASCIO, Grant Thornton LLP and CompTIA have collaborated for a sixth consecutive year to survey state government IT leaders on current issues, trends and perspectives.

As highlighted in the survey results, the state IT and business landscape continues to change, reflecting both emerging approaches to delivering IT products and services, and also the faster paced, more complex environment faced by state CIOs. 

Read the complete report and view the interactive e-version at www.NASCIO.org/StateCIOSurvey.

To submit information for the next edition, contact Meghan Penning , NASCIO Connections editor.
Events of Interest
National League of Cities 2015 Congress of Cities and Exposition
November 4-7, 2015
Nashville, Tenn.
National Conference of State Legislatures Capitol Forum
December 8-11, 2015
Washington, DC
Council of State Governments 2015 National Conference
December 10-13, 2015
Nashville, Tenn.

Thank You to Our
2015 Annual Sponsors
Pinnacle Sponsors
Interactive Technology Sponsors
Member Center Sponsor
WiFi Sponsor
NASCIO Releases First Toolkit for State Cybersecurity Leaders

Moving Forward: Leadership Toolkit for State CISOs
Link to cybersecurity awareness resource page
Moving Forward: Leadership Toolkit for State CISOs includes state chief information security officer (CISO) critical leadership traits, how state CISOs and private sector CISOs differ and the tenure of state CISOs. This publication examines survey responses, gives "advice from the trenches" and details other success factors for state CISOs.

The 2015 leadership toolkit, along with additional cybersecurity resources, may be found on NASCIO's Cybersecurity Awareness resource page at www.NASCIO.org/Cybersecurity.

New NASCIO Executive Leadership Announced

Top state information technology leaders have been selected to serve as new program year Executive Committee for the National Association of State Chief Information Officers. The association is now led by Darryl Ackley, New Mexico secretary and chief information officer, and NASCIO president for the 2015-16 program year. Ackley succeeds Ohio Chief Information Officer and Assistant Director Stu Davis.

NASCIO's 2015-16 Executive Committee leaders are:

Executive Committee Officers:
  • President - Darryl Ackley, Secretary and Chief Information Officer, New Mexico
  • Vice President - Mark Raymond, Chief Information Officer, Connecticut
  • Secretary/Treasurer - Calvin Rhodes, Chief Information Officer, Georgia
  • Past President - Stu Davis, State Chief Information Officer and Assistant Director, Ohio
Executive Committee Directors:
  • Thomas Baden, Chief Information Officer, Minnesota
  • Chris Estes, Chief Information Officer, North Carolina
  • James Fowler, Chief Information Officer, Kentucky
  • Gale Given, Chief Technology Officer, West Virginia
  • Craig Orgeron, PhD, Chief Information Officer, Mississippi
  • Jim Smith, Chief Information Officer, Maine
The Results Are In: 2015 NASCIO Awards & Recognition
2015 State IT Recognition Awards
honor eleven exemplary initiatives for outstanding achievement in information technology in state government.

Read about the finalists, recipients and their winning projects at www.NASCIO.org/Awards/SIT.

State Technology Innovator Award
honors outstanding individuals who have made contributions to advance state technology policy through the promotion of best practices, adoption of new technologies and advancements in service delivery.

Visit www.NASCIO.org/Awards/STI to view the 2015 recipients.

Meritorious Service Award
honors leadership in state government and  dedication to the advancement of NASCIO's mission.

Congratulations to Craig Orgeron, PhD, past NASCIO president and chief information officer for the state of Mississippi, who was honored during a special ceremony Monday evening at the NASCIO Annual Conference in Salt Lake City.

Thomas M. Jarrett Conference Scholarship 
pays homage to Thomas M. Jarrett, past president of NASCIO (2004 - 2005), for his passion for cybersecurity. The scholarship grants current chief information security officers the opportunity to attend the NASCIO Annual Conference.

Learn about the scholarship and the 2015 recipients at 

Vote for Your Favorite Video by October 30

Recipients of the NASCIO 2015 State IT Recognition Awards were announced at a special awards dinner during the NASCIO Annual Conference and accepted their awards with a video explaining their project or honoring the team that made it possible.

Now it's time to award the creativity and originality of the recipients' "acceptance" video with The IT Factor Award. Which video has The IT Factor for you?
Vote online at  www.NASCIO.org/2015TheITFactor  for your favorite video by October 30. The winner will be announced in the November issue of NASCIO Connections .
Thank You for Giving Back to Salt Lake City
Thank you to NASCIO members for your donations to the Annual Conference Give Back program. Through your donations, $7,665 was collected - a new record for the Annual Give Back program! With NASCIO's contribution, a total donation of $12,665 was provided to  the Sunnyvale Afterschool Program in Salt Lake City.
Donations made through the NASCIO Give Back program will support Sunnyvale 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.

The Sunnyvale Afterschool Program empowers refugee and immigrant youth with vital academic and social supports needed to lead healthy and happy lives in the U.S. The program is one of many services provided by the Refugee and Immigrant Center - Asian Association of Utah (RIC-AAU).
October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month

For the 2015 observance of National Cyber Security Awareness Month, NASCIO has updated its resource guide for state cybersecurity awareness, education, and training initiatives. 

View the 2015 NASCIO Cybersecurity Awareness Resource Guide and find more resources on  NASCIO's Cybersecurity Awareness resource page at  www.NASCIO.org/Cybersecurity .

Watch on Washington
from NASCIO Director of Government Affairs Yejin Cooke
FirstNet decides on nationwide acquisition and issues special notice on cybersecurity 
On October 1-2, FirstNet held a series of board meetings where they adopted two resolutions that give insight into FirstNet's acquisition strategy. FirstNet will be taking a nationwide approach to acquisition as opposed to a regional approach, which had been discussed as a possibility after the release of the draft RFP. FirstNet also adopted another resolution that specifies that revenue generated from use of the network may not be kept within a state's borders. The authorizing legislation for FirstNet, the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012, states that revenue generated from FirstNet must be reinvested in the network. Opt-out states cannot retain generated revenue for their opt-out state network; it must go toward furthering the nationwide effort. Shortly after the board meetings, FirstNet also released a special notice that seeks comment on cybersecurity which will inform the development of the cybersecurity portion of the RFP which is scheduled to be released by the end of 2015. NASCIO's response to the special notice is available online.

Government Funded until December 11
Federal legislators came to an agreement at the end of September to fund the government through December 11. A larger budget agreement seems to be in the works; one that would fund the government for a longer period of time and could potentially lift sequestration caps resulting in an increase in domestic spending. Complicating matters, however, is the absence of a House Speaker. Current speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) has said he would keep his seat and leadership position until the end of the year. Early front runner to replace Speaker Boehner, Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) abruptly pulled out of the speaker race just prior to when the vote was to take place. Now, House Budget Committee chair, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) appears to be the favorite for the position.

Despite the unclear future of the Speaker position, there has been clear indication that both chambers and the President have been engaging in budget talks in anticipation of the December deadline. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has repackaged most of the FY 2016 appropriations bills for potential floor votes while his staff negotiates with the White House and other congressional leaders on a new budget agreement.

The government must also deal with a host of other financial issues before the end of the year, including: highway bill (authorized until October 29), debt limit (would need increase Nov 3) and tax extenders (expired December 2014, need retroactive tax extenders bill before end of year).
Get to Know the NASCIO Team

Meet Our Newest Members
New Chief Information Officer:
  • Frank Lujan, Acting Chief Technology Officer,
    Government of Guam
  • Dewand Neely, Chief Information Officer and Director, State of Indiana
Committee and Working Group Updates
New NASCIO committees and working groups will be announced soon. Look for the Call for Volunteers in early November.
The Broadband and Telecommunications Committee met October 20 and heard from Robert M. Lee who spoke to committee members about infrastructure control system security.
The Enterprise Architecture and Governance Committee and the Data Management Working Group held their combined monthly call on October 8. Plans for releasing the working group's first issue brief was presented as well as the development of the second and third briefs.

The first brief will be released the week of October 26. This first issue brief from the working group will present the importance of data management. The second brief is in the final stages of development and will present on how to get started with data management. Research is currently underway for the third issue brief dealing with legal issues related to data management. 

The working group is seeking input on this topic and will be re-chartered for the 2015-16 program year.  If you have additional ideas and input, or are interest in joining the working group please contact Eric Sweden at esweden@NASCIO.org.
NASCIO: Making Connections
NASCIO Executive Director Doug Robinson attended and spoke at the following events in October:
  • 2015 National Association for Justice Information Systems Conference, October 5-8 in Orlando, Fla.
  • Best Practices Exchange Conference, October 19 in Harrisburg, Pa.
  • Pennsylvania Cybersecurity Summit, October, 19 in Harrisburg, Pa.
NASCIO Senior Policy Analyst Meredith Ward  attended the National Association of State Procurement Officials 2015 Annual Conference, September 27-30 in Norfolk, Va.
NASCIO Committee and Working Group Schedule
  • Executive Committee 
    Thursday, November 5 at 4 p.m. Eastern
  • State IT Procurement Modernization Committee 
    Wednesday, November 11 at 2 p.m. Eastern
  • Enterprise Architecture and Governance Committee / Data Management Working Group
    Thursday, November 12 at 2 p.m. Eastern 

  • Corporate Leadership Council
     Wednesday, November 18 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.
Capgemini Government Solutions
Contact: Michael O'Malley 
Title: Vice President, State and Local Government Practice Leader
Address: 1900 Campus Commons Dr, Ste 250, Reston, VA 20191   
Phone: 512.924.1201 

With more than 130,000 people in over 40 countries, Capgemini is one of the world's foremost providers of consulting, technology and outsourcing services. Together with its clients, Capgemini creates and delivers business and technology solutions that fit their needs and drive the results they want. A deeply multicultural organization, Capgemini has developed its own way of working, the Collaborative Business Experience™. 

Capgemini's US Public Sector provides services to local, state and federal clients, working collaboratively with government organizations to help improve the quality of services delivered to America's citizens. These include mission critical engagements with key federal clients such as the departments of Defense, Homeland Security, Justice, Agriculture and Treasury, as well as municipalities and states such as, Texas, Ohio, Nevada and Georgia. Our 10,000 US based employees with years of knowledge and experience in this market, and our Government Solutions subsidiary headquartered in Reston, Virginia, solve complex challenges and deliver innovative solutions and services on time and on budget.
CGI Technologies & Solutions Inc.
Contact: Molly O'Neill 
Title: Vice President, Consulting 
Address: 11325 Random Hills Rd, Fairfax, VA 22030  
Phone: 703.267.2193 

As a full-service systems integrator and managed services provider with 68,000 professionals worldwide, CGI delivers complex public sector IT programs with a collaborative approach that is based on shared values with our clients. We provide creative IT solutions that drive government efficiency and cost containment-including our built-for-government ERP, tax, and health and human service offerings.
Software AG
Contact: Brady Kavulic 
Title: Senior Marketing Manager, State and Local Government 
Address: 11700 Plaza America, Reston, VA 20190  
Phone: 571.446.8595 

Software AG is the global leader in Business Process Excellence. Our 40 years of innovation include the invention of the first high-performance transactional database, Adabas; the first business process analysis platform, ARIS; and the first B2B server and SOA-based integration platform, webMethods.

We offer our customers end-to-end Business Process Management (BPM) solutions delivering low Total-Cost-of-Ownership and high ease of use. Our industry-leading brands, ARIS, webMethods, Adabas, Natural, CentraSite, Terracotta and IDS Scheer Consulting, represent a unique portfolio encompassing: process strategy, design, integration and control; SOA-based integration and data management; process-driven SAP implementation; and strategic process consulting and services.

Software AG - Get There Faster