May 24, 2016
Agile procurement and implications for Gov. IT vendors: Insights from NASCIO 2016 Midyear Conference
NASCIO 2016 Midyear Conference happened earlier this month. It was the first time I attended the event. As a government health practitioner, I usually interact with Health and Human Services (HHS) executives, from policy and operations through technology. It was interesting to meet with technology executives responsible for the whole state, HHS included.
I learned several things: HHS IT is always on the minds of the state CIOs, but it isn't everything, and in some states it isn't a focus. Some states integrate their HHS plans into statewide plans, some have relatively autonomous HHS units. There isn't much reuse of the base infrastructure and capabilities put in place for HHS. While Meta-Tools are being implemented in HHS (MDM, MPI, MDI, etc.), they aren't being leveraged state-enterprise wide. I also learned that state CIOs are keenly aware of the legal and policy impacts to technology. My favorite comment was that the technology was not there to enable the citizen to get every benefit possible, but to get the right set of benefits they need to solve their problem. Whether that problem be cash, food, and medical benefits from Human Services programs for those in need, or just Joe Citizen trying to plan a camping trip at a state park where he wanted to fish also.