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NASCIO Unveils Federal Advocacy Priorities for 2017

The National Association of State Chief Information Officers has listed its 2017 federal advocacy priorities based on state CIOs’ policy priorities as well as opportunities to work with Congress and the executive branch.

NASCIO said Wednesday it will push for intergovernmental cybersecurity partnership; flexibility in federal funding regulations; information sharing and safeguards; and the implementation of state plans related to the First Responder Network Authority this year.

“NASCIO’s 2017 advocacy priorities reflect the ways in which state CIOs hope to work collaboratively with the federal government,” said Mark Raymond, NASCIO president and Connecticut CIO.

“Protecting public networks and reducing the risk to the digital assets of citizens and government is a shared mission across all levels of government and it is our hope that our federal partners will work with state CIOs to achieve a more secure cybersecurity posture,” Raymond added.

State chief information security officers who took part in NASCIO’s 2016 Cybersecurity Study said they consider insufficient budget as the biggest challenge to cybersecurity efforts.

The association aims to work with the federal government to establish federal funding regulations that will  support legacy system modernization and cloud adoption in state governments.

NASCIO added it seeks to collaborate with the federal government in efforts to promote and incentivize the adoption of the National Information Exchange Model to support information sharing.

The organization listed FirstNet as a priority since governors will decide whether to join the Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network this year.

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