State CIOs Release Federal Advocacy Priorities

Pointing to progress in 2013 in the form of federal grant reform and the Executive Order on cybersecurity, NASCIO identifies its priorities for the year ahead.

by / January 23, 2014

The National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) today released its 2014 federal advocacy priorities that focus on cybersecurity, rollout of the FirstNet wireless public safety network, and better state/federal collaboration. Key issues to address include identity management, public sector workforce shortages, common data standards and collaboration on broadband.

“Information Technology is a rapidly evolving field,” explained NASCIO President and Mississippi CIO Craig Orgeron in a release. “While progress was made in 2013 with the release of federal grant guidance reform and a sweeping Executive Order on cybersecurity, there is still a long road ahead. Congress has yet to act on this vital issue, and the Administration must continue to work with state partners to modernize and secure government information technology.”

Success, according to NASCIO, will require Congress, the administration, state governments and private sector partners to work in partnerships, and develop common languages and solutions.