In what has become an annual exercise, the National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) last week released its targeted Federal advocacy priorities for this year, highlighted again by its call for cybersecurity regulation harmonization.

According to NASCIO’s announcement, its members advocacy priorities reflect the importance of collaboration between states and the Federal government.

In addition to better Federal cybersecurity regulatory consistency, the 2022 priorities call on the Feds to ensure there is responsible implementation of the state and local cybersecurity grant program, continued adoption of DotGov domain, expansion of broadband deployment, and reform of the Federal Communications Commission’s broadband service mapping methodology

“While the past year has seen progress in assistance to state governments, there is more to do,” said NASCIO President and Maryland Secretary of Technology Michael Leahy. “Workforce challenges, an increased demand for digital services and other issues highlighted by the pandemic reinforce the importance of NASCIO’s federal advocacy priorities.”

The association’s federal advocacy priorities are selected by NASCIO’s executive committee and reflect policy priorities selected by association members in the State CIO Top Ten Policy and Technology Priorities for 2022.

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John Thomas Flynn
John Thomas Flynn
John Thomas Flynn serves as a senior advisor for government programs at MeriTalk. He was the first CIO for the both the State of California and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and was president of NASCIO.