US state CPOs and CIOs have a new IT plan


By Dylan Bushell-Embling
Tuesday, 17 January, 2017

US state CPOs and CIOs have a new IT plan

Two US-based public sector professional organisations have developed an action plan for navigating the shifting IT purchasing landscape.

The National Association of State Procurement Officials (NASPO) and National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) have jointly developed an action plan setting forward a vision for collaboration between state chief procurement officers (CPOs) and CIOs.

The action plan calls for CPOs and CIOs to collaborate to redesign the dimensions of governance and organisational structure, interaction and processes as well as budgeting and forecasting.

NASPO President Larry Maxwell said CPOs and CIOs have shared interests in working together to improve ICT procurement, as they face many of the same challenges in terms of struggling with ancient procurement systems and keeping up with rapid changes in the technology landscape.

“Leading IT procurement transformation continues to be a priority for state procurement leaders nationally, and NASPO is committed to working with our IT partners to be at the forefront of this effort,” he said.

NASCIO President Mark Raymond added that technology procurement “is truly unique given the rapid changes in technology offerings. NASCIO is proud of the state IT procurement modernisation efforts that have already been accomplished by working together, and state chief information officers stand ready to continue collaboration with state procurement officials.”

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