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A podcast from the National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO). Amy Glasscock and Alex Whitaker interview guests (state CIOs, NASCIO members, strategic partners and colleagues) to get their unique stories and perspectives on state information technology, leadership and lessons learned.
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Alex and Amy talk with Heather Morton, director of financial services, technology and communications at the National Conference of State Legislatures. We talk with Heather about trends in AI legislation, how states are legislating deepfakes and the surge in privacy bills. We also learn about Heather's first job. Hint: it involved Blizzards. Find th…
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It's that time of year again! Alex and Amy talk with NASCIO's Program Director for Enterprise Architecture and Governance, Eric Sweden about the NASCIO Top Ten lists for 2024. These lists are what state CIOs are most focused on for the year ahead. Find out the big surprises for the year (like a tie for first place!) and what's on the list for the f…
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Alex and Amy talk with NASCIO's most recent past president about her president's initiative report on the digital citizen experience. She also reflects on her term as president this past year. Find the report here: https://www.nascio.org/resource-center/resources/creating-a-citizen-centric-digital-experience-how-far-have-we-come/ You can find the t…
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During the NASCIO Annual Conference in Minneapolis Amy and Alex interviewed nine attendees about what they think is the most exciting thing happening in technology right now. And of course we asked a fun question as well. Special thanks to Dan Wolf, Karen Sorady, Denis Goulet, Katrina Flory, Katy Ruckle, Ken Weeks, Matt Pincus, Steve Pier and Torry…
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Alex and Amy talk with Teri Takai of the Center for Digital Government and Dan Chenok of the IBM Center for the Business of Government about a report that they, along with NASCIO, recently authored entitled Preparing for Future Shocks in State Government: State CIOs Play an Important and Expanding Role in Resilience. The report is intended to help …
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Amy and Alex are joined by NASCIO executive director Doug Robinson who is giving us an overview of what's on the just-released NASCIO 2023 State CIO Survey. Hear how state CIOs are thinking about everything from cybersecurity and workforce to financial models and the future of the role. Find the transcript of this episode here: https://www.buzzspro…
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See transcript of this episode here: https://www.buzzsprout.com/704052/13577144 Alex and Amy talk with Cara Woodson Welch, CEO for the Public Sector HR Association about the latest 2023 survey on State and Local Workforce. We learn about trends in attracting and retaining workers, recruitment, DEI and more! See the report here: https://slge.org/wp-…
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Alex and Amy talk with Jay Wyant, who serves as chief information accessibility officer for the state of Minnesota. We talk with Jay about how state organizations can improve accessibility in technology and procurement as well as best practices within the state to be more inclusive. See full transcript in transcript tab on Buzzsprout at https://www…
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Alex and Amy talk with Montana CIO and co-chair of the new NASCIO Generative AI Working Group, Kevin Gilbertson. We talk about how he's discussing generative AI with his team, state agencies and other CIOs, the benefits, challenges and things to keep in mind. He also answers the age old question: Star Wars or Star Trek? Find our transcript here: ht…
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Amy and Alex discuss her recent Op-ed in GovTech about why every state needs a chief privacy officer. Amy also explains how the chief privacy officer community came about at NASCIO and how the role is evolving. Don't miss the lightening round to hear what our favorite Taylor Swift album is and for Amy's favorite power tool for the minimalist builde…
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Amy and Alex sit down with NASCIO Corporate Leadership Counsel Chair and Vice Chair Stu Davis and Paul Baltzell to talk about their years as state CIOs in Ohio and Indiana and why they believe in being involved in NASCIO while on the corporate side. We also talked about what makes a good night out in Columbus and Indianapolis and what they wanted t…
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Alex talks with Amy about the new NASCIO report she authored called Navigating the Metaverse: Potential Applications and Implications for State Government. Then Amy gets some help from her 7-year-old daughter to explain what the metaverse actually is. Report: https://www.nascio.org/resource-center/ Episode on VR for social work job applicants: http…
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Alex and Amy talk with Meredith Ward, NASCIO's director of policy and research, and Casey Dolan, senior policy analyst with the National Governor's Association. Meredith and Casey are co-author's on a new publication called Securing States: Modernizing to Attract and Retain Cyber Talent. The publication is full of recommendations which come from a …
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Alex and Amy chat with Mike Watson, chief information security officer for the Commonwealth of Virginia all about his background, the whole-of-state approach to cybersecurity, predicting costs for cyber incidents, baking cybersecurity into the procurement process, how VA is handling the State and Local Cybersecurity Grant program and the new techno…
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Alex and Amy sit down with colleagues Julie Ellis (NASCIO's digital communications coordinator) and Emily Lane (NASCIO's programming and brand director) to talk about all the ways NASCIO members (and non-members) can get involved with NASCIO via in-person events, virtual events, forums, committees, resources and more. We even save a little time at …
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The Indiana Department of Information Technology realized that 70% of potential applicants weren't applying to jobs that mentioned a preference for a four-year degree even when one wasn't required. They decided to try something new. Jon Rogers, Director of Strategic Workforce Planning at the Indiana Office of Technology joins Amy and Alex to talk a…
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Alex Whitaker and Amy Glasscock talk with with Brandon Hirsch. Brandon has a unique role as Director of Government Relations for Minnesota IT Services (MNIT) and he sits down with us to tell us all about it. Find out how and why MNIT has a trusting relationship with a key bipartisan group of legislators, what his biggest challenges and successes ha…
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Alex and Amy are talking with NASCIO's own program director for enterprise architecture and governance, Eric Sweden, on the NASCIO Top Ten policy and technology lists for 2023. Find out what issues and technologies are moving up, moving down and staying the same. Stay for Eric's beautiful holiday medley on the guitar! You can find the NASCIO Top Te…
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Alex and Amy sit down for two interviews (and two lightening rounds!) on the customer experience. First with NASCIO award winner and chief experience officer for Maryland, Ashley Laymon who talks with us all about the work she's doing to improve the agency customer experience in the Maryland Department of Information Technology. Next we talk with K…
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Alex and Amy talk with new NASCIO President and Tennessee State CIO Stephanie Dedmon about her background, why she wanted to serve as NASCIO President, what she thinks are the most pressing issues for her colleagues, her plans for the program year, top priorities in TN and the best advice she's ever received.…
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Amy and Alex are joined by Meredith Ward, NASCIO Director of Policy and Research and Srini Subramanian, Deloitte Principal, who are the co-authors of the new 2022 Deloitte-NASCIO Cybersecurity Study. Learn the big takeaways from the latest report, biggest surprises and trends. Stick around to find out how their knowledge of cybersecurity has influe…
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Alex and Amy talk with CISA's Cameron Dixon about the dot gov domain, why it's important for governments to have it, recent updates to the program and how states can encourage local governments to adopt dot gov. Here is a link to the blog post mentioned in the episode: https://home.dotgov.gov/updates/2022/9/14/making-infrastructure-less-invisible/…
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It's National Podcast Day! Amy talks with Alex about The State and Local Cybersecurity Grant Program that came out earlier this month and what states need to know about it. Resources: Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) (the full NOFO can be found under the "related documents" tab) SLCGP Overview SLCGP FAQs SLCGP Fact Sheet…
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The NASCIO 2022 Annual Conference in Louisville is right around the corner, and NASCIO's Program and Brand Director, Emily Lane is back to give us the full rundown of programming, the thinking behind branding this year, our giveback recipient (and give back drinks!) and more. Registration closes October 3, 2022.…
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Alex and Amy ask the NASCIO staff about their most frequently asked questions (and answers). Today we are talking about everything from how we choose conference speakers, what the average state IT spend is, how to post on our NASCIO community, how many states have cyber insurance and MORE! Here's the 2017 CLC video on what to expect at a NASCIO Con…
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Alex and Amy talk with FirstNet's Director of Legislative Affairs, Tom Shull about some of FirstNet's accomplishments over their first decade, some background on the platform, what they are looking for in a new executive director and possible reauthorization from Congress. Learn more here: https://www.firstnet.com/ Check out the FirstNet podcast he…
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Alex and Amy talk with New York state CIO Tony Riddick about how his time in Iraq and hurricane response in the Virgin Islands shaped his philosophy as a CIO, the new Joint Security Operations Center in Brooklyn, how New York is preparing for the cybersecurity grant, and what the new work from home expectation of employees means for New York state …
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Alex and Amy talk with Pokey Harris, Executive Director of the North Carolina 911 Board about North Carolina's next generation 911 project which won a NASCIO award in 2021. We hear all about why the change was needed, how it works, funding, lessons learned, and the power of a good group selfie! Project: https://it.nc.gov/about/boards-commissions/nc…
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Alex and Amy talk with Karen Sorady, former NY state CISO and Vice President of Multi State Information Sharing and Analysis Center (MS-ISAC) Member Engagement at the Center for Internet Security. She talks all about the work MS-ISAC is doing and the publication she wrote recently on how states can prepare for the cybersecurity grant program. We al…
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Alex and Amy discuss NASCIO's new report all about the state chief privacy officer role, why states are continuing to put more of a focus on privacy, how the role is maturing, challenges and resources needed by state CPOs and NASCIO's three recommendations for states when structuring the chief privacy officer role. You can find the report here: htt…
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Alex and Amy talk with North Carolina state CIO Jim Weaver about how is state is expanding broadband for low-income North Carolinians, why Jim made privacy a priority in his state, how they are preparing for the cybersecurity grant program and his favorite vacation spot in North Carolina.By NASCIO
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Alex and Amy talk with Nebraska state CIO Ed Toner about his emphasis on IT governance, recruiting from local colleges and universities, mentoring young technologists, streamlining how citizens access services, blogging and lobster fishing. You can find Ed's blog posts here: https://cio.nebraska.gov/blog/index.html…
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NASCIO's Midyear Conference is back in person! And NASCIO program and brand director Emily Lane is here to give us a preview of the programming, protocols and schedule for the four days of the conference. Still have questions? Check out our FAQs and other info at our event page: https://www.nascio.org/conferences-events/2022midyear/…
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Alex and Amy talk with NASCIO's director of policy and research, Meredith Ward about a new publication entitled "Diversity and Inclusion: An Essential Element to the State IT Workforce." Meredith talks about what prompted the survey and report, findings and recommendations. You can find the report here: https://www.nascio.org/resource-center/ You c…
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Amy and Alex talk with Alex Allain (CTO and Co-Founder) and Tina Walha (Director of Public Digital) of US Digital Response. US Digital Response was founded in March of 2020 as a group of temporary volunteers to assist governments with the pandemic crisis. Over the last two years the organization has grown. Listen to hear about how they have assiste…
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Amy talks with Alex Whitaker, NASCIO's new director of government affairs (and new NASCIO Voices podcast co-host!) about his recent position with the National Governor's Association, why he wanted to work for another state association, the challenges and opportunities facing states right now, and what's been keeping him occupied over the last coupl…
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Amy Glasscock and (guest co-host) Meredith Ward talk with Pennsylvania chief information security officer Erik Avakian all about his work in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. We touch on state and local collaboration, identity and access management, the changes he's seen after twelve years on the job, and how his rock and roll background prepared h…
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