The National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) released its annual list of Federal advocacy priorities today which prominently feature cybersecurity regulations and state CIO/CISO roles in Federal government efforts.

Harmonize Disparate Federal Cybersecurity Regulations and Normalize the Audit Process

“Disparate regulations are an obstacle for states working to proactively enhance their cybersecurity posture and deliver innovative digital government for citizens,” said James Collins, NASCIO president and Delaware CIO, in a statement. “We are encouraged by the engagement of our federal partners to harmonize cybersecurity regulations and look forward to advancing that work in 2019.”

Continue Meaningful State CIO/CISO Participation in FEMA’s Senior Advisory Committee and Urban Area Working Group

A statement from NASCIO notes that in May of last year, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) started requiring states to include CIOs and CISOs in state senior advisory committees. NASCIO noted its support for “continued and meaningful engagement of state CIOs and CISOs” on advisory committees which govern state homeland security grants managed by FEMA.

“NASCIO applauds the inclusion of state CIOs and CISOs in FEMA advisory committees and we look forward to continuing to support these efforts,” said Doug Robinson, NASCIO’s executive director, in a statement.

Recognize State Authority and Ongoing Innovation With Emerging Technology

In its 2018 CIO Survey, NASCIO found that state CIOs believe that artificial intelligence and robotic process automation, internet of things, and connected/autonomous vehicles will be the “most impactful” emerging technologies for state governments in the next three to five years. “By embracing these and other technological advances, state CIOs seek to enhance the effectiveness of state government in delivering services to citizens,” NASCIO said in a press release. “As such, NASCIO supports the ability and authority of state governments to continue to serve as laboratories of democracy as it applies to emerging technology.”

NASCIO’s Federal advocacy priorities are selected by its executive committee and “reflect policy priorities as indicated by association members.”

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