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42nd annual ISM conference to open on Aug. 30.

All things are ready for the 42nd annual ISM Conference, which will be held at the Chicago Marriott Downtown on the Magnificent Mile from Aug. 30 through Sept. 2. The theme of the conference is "Winds of Change: Smart Choices in Tough Times." The agenda committee has just put on the final touches to make it as strong and diverse an agenda as ever. Highly placed Obama administration officials, and other policy experts from the public and private sector will present their views on how the economy, the ARRA and the new administration's polices are affecting the ability of state and local agencies to deliver benefits and services, and how, through IT, agencies can take advantage of the opportunities that now present themselves. New this year are training sessions presented by Food and Nutrition Services, CMS and the Office of Child Support Enforcement, providing insight on how your agency can leverage these opportunities. In addition, there will be informative sessions focusing on business drivers, best practices, innovative solutions and new technologies. The agenda and other conference details can be viewed at

Another initiative that is keeping ISM board members busy is collaborating with APHSA on the creation and adoption of a National Business Reference Model. Human service programs are composed of business processes that are not standardized, yet serve essentially the same purpose. The adoption of a nationally accepted technology-neutral/vendor-neutral health and human service business architecture that facilitates information sharing and service coordination among government agencies may lead to improved outcomes for citizens while reducing the cost of delivery. ISM and APHSA are working with the FNS, CMS and Administration for Children and Families on this initiative. On a related initiative, ISM has begun discussions with these three federal agencies on how the APD process can be revised to standardize approval processes and facilitate the use of funding for adoption of Enterprise Architecture.


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Date:Aug 1, 2009
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