NASS Forum Helps Secretaries of State Explore Innovations in Digital Recordkeeping & Data Management

For Immediate Release
May 1, 2015

Washington, DC - In order to help Secretary of State offices stay ahead of the latest trends in digital government, officials from 22 states are taking part in a National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS) forum on May 1-2 in Seattle, Washington.

The goal of the NASS Digital Records Forum is to harness the power of digital in serving the public. The event will feature expert panels designed to assist the Secretaries of State, Chief Deputy Secretaries, State Archivists and Chief Information Officers who oversee state business filing, reporting and licensing functions, as well as public history archiving, election registration and voting, and more. 

"Secretaries of State have noted the astonishing rate at which the amount of state data is growing, and as more and more of these public records and filings are digitized and placed online, we want to look at ways to maintain and enhance transparency, security, cost-savings and compliance in the digital realm," noted NASS President Elaine Marshall, who serves as North Carolina Secretary of State.

The NASS event will focus on innovations and initiatives that can assist state leaders in selecting the tools and strategies they need to effectively manage state digital records and data, while identifying key areas for strategic infrastructure investments and improvements.

Highlights from the meeting include the following:

  • Building the Case for Better Digital Management/Identifying Top Priorities
  • Open Records: Governance, Retention & Public Access
  • Making the Most of Big Data: How to Collect, Analyze & Share It
  • Hacking, Security Breaches & Data Protection Fails - Safeguarding State Data
  • Citizen Outreach & Education Strategies for Stewards of Public Records

Event sponsors with subject matter experts contributing to the event include: PCC Technology Group Chaves Consulting Inc.MicrosoftNICNuHarbor Security and Socrata.

Featured speakers include Paul W. Taylor, Editor-at-Large of Governing magazine and Chief Content Officer of e.Republic, and Frank Montoya, Jr., Special Agent in Charge of the FBI's Seattle Division.

NASS will use participant input from the forum to develop a white paper aimed at helping states maximize their potential to support digital services and data management. NASS will release its findings in February 2016. 

A full event agenda is available at this link, or online at

About NASS

Founded in 1904, NASS is the oldest, nonpartisan professional organization of public officials in the U.S. Members include the 50 states, the District of Columbia, American Samoa and Puerto Rico. NASS serves as a medium for the exchange of information between states and fosters cooperation in the development of public policy. The association has key initiatives in the areas of elections and voting, state business services, digital archiving, international relations and state securities regulation, as well as several well-established awards programs. 


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