The National Association of State Chief Information Officer’s (NASCIO) has released its 2013 federal advocacy priorities, which are:

  • Modernize regulations and guidance to meet current technology and service models
  • States at risk: work together to protect citizen data and state digital assets
  • Collaborate on a nationwide public safety communications network
  • Support the adoption and expansion of the National Information Exchange Model 
  • Support the state role in identity, credential and access management solutions

“Cloud services are something our children are using and lightning fast information exchange is a simple click away. It’s past time to modernize how federal agencies work with states to deliver key services from Medicare benefits to homeland security,” said NASCIO President Brenda Decker, who is also the CIO of Nebraska, in a press release. “Current federal requirements and directives mean that states must spend hundreds of millions to build and support duplicative systems. State CIOs know that simple reforms could not only save billions in taxpayer dollars, but also provide better service delivery to the American people.”

And with 94 million cases of personal information being exposed to potential identity theft through data breaches since 2009, state CIOs also want to expand and mature collaboration with the federal government on cybersecurity.

“There is no more significant issue to state CIOs than keeping our citizens safe and their personal information secure — but we need greater collaboration and support from the federal government to deter the increasing threats," said Mitch Herckis, director of Government Affairs for NASCIO.