NASCIO releases annual federal wish list

Priorities listed by state CIOs group are familiar

The National Association of State Chief Information Officers, or NASCIO, is out with a list of its federal policy priorities for 2013. They are a familiar bunch of proposals.

For example, NASCIO says the government must modernize its regulations and guidance to meet useful technology and service models. "Currently, the general guidelines attached to federal programmatic funding for services administered by the states do not promote enterprise IT consolidation, shared solutions, infrastructure optimization, virtualization, or the integrated channels of services sought by citizens," the group said. "With the federal government overhauling federal information technology processes, procurement, directives and procedures, it is imperative that a process to harmonize federal programmatic rules, directives, and mandates for IT investments by the states be undertaken."

Looking at the other priorities, NASCIO stressed the importance of collaboration to protect the data of citizens and the digital assets of states. States also must play a large role in the deployment of a nationwide public safety broadband network, and must back the adoption and expansion of the National Information Exchange Model, NASCIO said. Finally, the group stressed the importance of a state role in cybersecurity.

"With states moving more services online and even to mobile platforms, NASCIO supports the National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace (NSTIC) as a necessary next step," it said. "In order for states to improve program integrity, reduce costs, streamline access, prevent fraud and curtail identity theft, effective policies must enable trust across organizational, operational, physical, and network boundaries."

For more:
- see NASCIO report

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