NASCIO unveils 2021 US federal advocacy priorities


Monday, 18 January, 2021


NASCIO unveils 2021 US federal advocacy priorities

The US National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) has released its 2021 federal advocacy priorities, which reflect the importance of collaboration between states and the federal government to ensure cyber resiliency.

The priorities include harmonising disparate federal cybersecurity regulations; advocating for widespread adoption of the DotGov domain; providing funding for state governments to modernise legacy IT; and expanding broadband access and reforming FCC mapping methodology systems.

NASCIO has also prioritised the authorisation of a dedicated Cybersecurity Grant Program for state and local governments. NASCIO President and New Hampshire Commissioner and CIO Denis Goulet acknowledged the importance of cybersecurity in the business of state government, adding that these priorities reflect the importance of a multifaceted approach to cybersecurity.

“COVID-19 has also shed light on issues, like modernisation and broadband, that states have grappled with for years. It is our hope that highlighting these topics in our advocacy priorities will help states confront these challenges,” said Goulet.

The association’s federal advocacy priorities are selected by NASCIO’s executive committee and reflect policy priorities as indicated by association members in the State CIO Top Ten.

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