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.


November 29, 2023 13 mins

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.

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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 Crass. 

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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 frame what future disruptions may look like for state CIOs and how they can effective...

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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.

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Alex and Amy are joined by NASCIO's director of experience and engagement, Emily Lane. Emily gives us an over view of conference programming and all we have to look forward to in Minneapolis!

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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!

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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.

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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?

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July 26, 2023 30 mins

NASCIO Voices celebrates 100 episodes with special guests. Meredith Ward interviews Alex and Amy about the podcast and former co-host Matt Pincus returns to ask all of the lightening round questions! We also hear from a couple of loyal listeners.

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Amy and Alex talk with new Maryland CIO Katie Savage about her background, her priorities in Maryland and how her Peace Corps Service influenced her thinking around user-centered design.

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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 builder.


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Alex and Amy talk with New York Chief Privacy Officer Michele Jones about her role in New York state government, why the role is important, why privacy is more important now than ever before and what she's working on right now. 

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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 to be when they were kids.

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What does the role of the chief operating officer to a governor look like? Alex and Amy talk with Brandon Gibson about her role as Governor Lee's COO, what she does and her close relationship with CIO Stephanie Dedmon. 

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Alex and Amy talk with Emily Lane, NASCIO's Director of Experience & Engagement about the upcoming NASCIO Midyear Conference and what we can expect from a programming perspective. Learn what's new, what's returning and what we aren't doing again!

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Alex and Amy talk with Indiana State CIO Tracy Barnes about his whole of state approach to cybersecurity, visiting all the counties in Indiana, partnering with universities, identity and access management, workforce and more. 

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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. 

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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 joint association roundtable held in December.

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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 technology that is his biggest cybersecurity concern these days.

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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 the end to learn some new things about each other!

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