NASS Administrative Rules Organization Honors Iowa Office of the Chief Information Officer with 2015 Colborn Award

Public Comment Website for Administrative Rules Earns Iowa CIO the 2015 Robert J. Colborn, Jr. Award

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For Immediate Release
July 21, 2015

WASHINGTON, DC – Administrative Codes and Registers (ACR), a section of the National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS), has selected Iowa’s Office of the Chief Information Officer as recipient of the 2015 Robert J. Colborn, Jr. Innovation Award. It is the first time that Iowa has received the national honor.

The Iowa CIO’s office received this year’s Colborn Award for its Iowa Public Comment Website for Administrative Rules (https://rules.iowa.gov/), which enables citizens to be more informed and engaged in the state’s administrative rule making process while streamlining the method for commenting on proposed rules.

“Since taking office, our administration has made government transparency a priority,” said Iowa Governor Terry Branstad.

“The new administrative rules website developed by Iowa’s Office of the Chief Information Officer allows citizens to read, review and comment on rules from any place there is an internet connection. With the emergence of technology in our daily lives, government, too, can adapt to better serve the taxpayers.”

Iowa’s Public Comment Website for Administrative Rules is based on a collaboration between legislative and executive branch leaders, using key design criteria and creativity to make the site simple to use and mobile-friendly.

“This is our mission – to provide quick access and efficient services, and we are proud and quite fortunate that we have the staff to be able to deliver these innovative, responsive and meaningful solutions” said Bob von Wolffradt, Chief Information Officer for the State of Iowa.

Presented during the ACR’s annual conference, held July 9 through 12 in Portland, Maine, the Colborn Award annually recognizes a state program that demonstrates creativity and innovation in providing public access to, or management of, administrative rules. The award also highlights improved efficiency and delivery of services to citizens, businesses and other governmental entities.

The award’s namesake, Robert J. Colborn, Jr., founded ACR and served as the administrator of the Maryland Division of State Documents from 1974 through 2001.
2015 ACR Robert J. Colborn Jr. Committee

  • Deanna Maiolo, Chair – Manager, Colorado Administrative Rules Program
  • Jane Chaffin – Emeritus ACR President, Registrar of Regulations, Virginia Division of Legislative Services
  • Molly Masich – Codifier of Rules, North Carolina Office of Administrative Hearings

Past Colborn Award Recipients
2014 – Colorado Administrative Rules Program
2013 – Utah Division of Administrative Rules
2012 – Award not issued
2011 – Florida Division of Library and Information Services
2010 – New Mexico State Records Center and Archives Administrative Law Division
2009 – Virginia Division of Legislative Services
2008 – Arkansas Secretary of State
2007 – Colorado Secretary of State
2006 – Idaho Department of Health and Welfare
2004 – Office of the Federal Register
2003 – Missouri Secretary of State, Administrative Rules Division
2002 – Virginia Department of Planning and Budget
For more information, visit www.administrativerules.org.

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.

The organization also offers two issues-based membership sections for state government professionals:

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Retirement of Joe Royce Announced

Source: Des Moine Register

State rulemaking guru Royce retiring

Joe Royce, the senior legal counsel for the Iowa Administrative Rules Review Committee, is retiring on Jan. 2. He’s been a key source for decades for anyone in Iowa who is trying understand the complexities of state government rulemaking, which is one of the most powerful areas of governance at the Iowa Capitol. The rules panel handles spelling out the details of operating everything from Iowa health care programs to casino gambling and education.

“It is time — I’m over 65 and have had too much fun,” Royce said. “I came in 1976, stayed with the ARRC and leave in my 38th year. I did plan for retirement financing, but I forgot to plan on what exactly to do — a mistake. I am going to learn Spanish and sleep in in the mornings.”

 

 

NASS Administrative Rules Organization Selects New National Officers

Washingtonian Kerry Radcliff Elected to Lead ACR as President for 2014-2016

For Immediate Release
August 14, 2014

WASHINGTON, DC – Washington State Register Editor Kerry Radcliff  has been elected president of the Administrative Codes and Registers (ACR) Section of the National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS). The group includes administrative rules professionals from the federal government and the 50 U.S. states, as well as the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and American Samoa.

“I am honored and humbled to be leading such a diverse group that includes representatives from all branches of government, including rule editors, agency rule writers, reviewers and legal counsel,” stated Radcliff. “As we approach the 40th anniversary of the founding of ACR, I plan to continue the direction of our previous presidents by engaging our membership in efforts to enhance access and public engagement when it comes to the rulemaking process.”

Along with Radcliff, ACR members also selected the following national officers:

  • President:  Kerry Radcliff, Washington – State Register Editor
  • Vice-President:  Emily Caudill, Kentucky – Assistant Administrative Regulations Compiler
  • Secretary-Treasurer:  Christopher Coffman, Oklahoma – Associate Editor

The national officers were elected by full member vote at the NASS 2014 Summer Conference held July 13 to July 16 in Baltimore, Maryland. They will serve a two-year term, ending in July 2016.
Formed in 1978, the NASS Administrative Codes and Registers (ACR) Section brings together federal and state government professionals–often employed by Secretary of State offices–who are responsible for reviewing and compiling government rules and regulations. Some members also oversee the production of “blue books,” which are the official government directory and fact book for each state.
ACR members are committed to fostering the development of better rule-writing skills and rule review techniques and developing more effective management of the rule promulgation process, particularly in the publication of administrative codes and registers. They are also focused on increasing public access to the rulemaking process.

ACR also produces the State and Federal Survey, a survey of codes and registers, comprehensively documenting the operations of the state and federal administrative rules “gatekeepers,” publishers and reviewers.
For more information, please visit www.administrativerules.org.  Follow the ACR Section discussion on Twitter at @ACRorg.

For media questions, contact:
Kay Stimson
NASS Director of Communications
202-624-3528 (o) | 703-869-5868 (c)
nass@sso.org

NASS Administrative Rules Organization Honors Colorado Administrative Rules Program with 2014 Robert J. Colborn, Jr. Award

Colorado Secretary of State’s Office Recognized for Implementation of Uniform Electronic Legal Records Act

For Immediate Release
July 28, 2014

WASHINGTON, DC – Administrative Codes and Registers (ACR), a section of the National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS), awarded Colorado’s Administrative Rules Program with the 2014 Robert J. Colborn, Jr. Innovation Award.

Presented as part of the association’s annual conference held July 13 through 16 in Baltimore, Maryland, this year’s Colborn award recognizes the Colorado Secretary of State’s implementation of the Uniform Electronic Legal Materials Act.  Through its adoption, the state has enabled government users to be more effective and efficient, while also providing clear assurance that users have access to official, authenticated state regulations.

”We’ve made great strides to improve how my office delivers services, and this latest program illustrates our commitment to innovation,” said Colorado Secretary of State Scott Gessler. “We aim to be the best in the nation, and this award shows we’re on the right track towards achieving that goal.”

ACR created the Robert J. Colborn, Jr. Innovation Award in July 2001, in honor of the late Robert J. Colborn, Jr., who served as the administrator of the Maryland Division of State Documents from 1974 through 2001 and founded ACR.

The Colborn Award annually recognizes a program that demonstrates creativity and innovation in providing public access to, or management of, administrative rules.  It honors a state agency that has made substantial contributions to the flow of information to the public by improving efficiency and delivery of services to citizens, businesses and other governmental entities.

“Since the passage of this uniform law, states have been striving to put these benefits in effect for our customers,” said Colorado Administrative Rules Program Manager Deanna Maiolo. “We are honored to be recognized for delivering a new and efficient service to our stakeholders.”

This marks the second time Colorado has received the Colborn Award.  In 2007, Colorado was recognized for its Code of Colorado Regulations Online Portal.

With its broad applicability to a growing number of states, Colorado’s implementation of the Uniform Electronic Legal Materials Act is recognized for demonstrating creativity and innovation in assuring authenticity, integrity, restorability and usability of administrative rules electronic publications.

2014 ACR Robert J. Colborn Jr. Committee

Kenneth A. Hansen, Chair — Director, Utah Division of Administrative Rules, Salt Lake City, Utah

Liz Cloud — Program Administrator, Florida Department of State Administrative Code and Register Section

Kerry S. Radcliff — Editor, Washington Statute Law Committee

Past Colborn Award Recipients

2013 — Utah Division of Administrative Rules
2012 — Award not issued
2011 — Florida Division of Library and Information Services
2010 — New Mexico State Records Center and Archives Administrative Law Division
2009 — Virginia Division of Legislative Services
2008 — Arkansas Secretary of State
2007 — Colorado Secretary of State
2006 — Idaho Department of Health and Welfare
2004 — Office of the Federal Register
2003 — Missouri Secretary of State, Administrative Rules Division
2002 — Virginia Department of Planning and Budget

For more information, visit www.administrativerules.org.

About NASS

Founded in 1904, the National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS) is the oldest nonpartisan, professional association of public officials in the United States.  Members include the 50 states, the District of Columbia 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 and digital archiving, as well as several well-established awards programs.

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It’s Survey Time Again

We are gathering information for the summer conference. Please fill out this survey form.
Click here to take ACR Summer Conference survey

We are also gathering information for the ACR State/Federal Survey

It has been two years since the last survey was produced. At that time we updated information that was contained in a web-based survey created by Jane Chaffin. If you completed the survey two years ago, you will be able to edit the information you entered then, which should make this update much easier.

Below you will find the web address to access two separate surveys – one for the Administrative Register and the other for the Administrative Code.  Please be sure to complete both surveys. Even if you do not publish a Register or Code, please complete the first page of both surveys.

A few things to note regarding the survey:

1. Each survey will take approximately 30 minutes to complete.

2. You must click the “Next” button at the bottom of each page to record your responses for that page

3. You do not have to complete the survey(s) in a single session. If you are interrupted while taking the survey or need time to find information in your files, the survey allows you to return at a later date to complete any remaining questions. Close your browser to exit the survey (it is best to finish a page and then click the “Next” button at the bottom of the page to make sure your responses are recorded). The next time you log in, you will be taken to the place you left off.

4. After you have completed the final question and clicked the “Finish” button, you can return to the survey to change any of your responses, if needed. To do this, click on the survey web address and log in. You will receive a message that says you have already taken the survey. Click the Edit icon (contains a pencil on a page) to the left of the survey creation date, and you will be allowed to edit any questions by moving through the survey using the “Next” button at the bottom of the screen.

5. CONTACT ACR VP Kerry Radcliff for your survey password, or refer to the listserve e-mail sent March 11, 2014.

6. To access the surveys, either click on the link below or copy and paste the web address into your browser:

http://survey.dls.virginia.gov/Login.aspx?ReturnUrl=%2f

7. Once you log in, click “Surveys” in the upper left-hand corner of the screen,

If you completed the survey questions two years ago, that information is still stored and just needs to be updated.  You will receive a message that says you have already taken the survey. Click the Edit icon to the right of the survey creation date, and you will be allowed to edit any questions by moving through the survey using the “Next” button at the bottom of the screen.  Please do not click the “Click here” button, that will create a new survey.

8. If there is someone else should respond to one or both surveys for your state, please forward this request to them and provide them with the survey URL, the username and password. Thank you for doing this!

9. Please complete the surveys by April 23, 2014. Completion by this date should give me enough time to compile the responses and have the survey printed and available at the summer conference in July.

10. A copy of the printed survey will be made available free of charge to those states that complete the survey. After April 23, 2014, online access to the survey responses will be limited to those states that have responded.

If you have any questions or difficulties with the survey applications, please contact me directly. Thank you so much for your cooperation and assistance.

Thanks,

Kerry S. Radcliff, ACR VP
Radcliff.Kerry@leg.wa.gov

Our Founder Bob Colborn

It is with deep sorrow that I give you this news.

I have tears in my eyes this morning as I have learned about the passing of our good friend Bob Colborn.

A service celebrating Bob’s life will be held in Washington D.C. Those ACR members who live in the area are encouraged to attend his memorial February 7, 2014.

Time: 11 a.m.,

Day/Date: Friday, February 7, 2014

Place: All Souls Memorial Episcopal Church, 2300 Cathedral Ave., NW, Washington, DC, 20008

See obit at:

http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/capitalgazette/obituary.aspx?n=robert-colborn&pid=169365211

Bob will be remembered for his big heart and big smile. How appropriate they used an ACR photo for his obit. RIP my friend.

Please feel free to leave a message to his family below.

 

Robert “Bob” J. Colborn, Jr., 77, of Cheverly, died January 23. Born March 12, 1936 in Salisbury to the late Robert J. and Marion (Tyler) Colborn, Bob was a graduate of Washington College B. S., University. of Rhode Island M.S., and University of Virginia J.D. As a member of the MSBA, he joined the Maryland Office of the Secretary of State and founded the Maryland Division of State Documents, where he served as Administrator from 1974-2001. He also founded the Administrative Code & Registers of NASS where he served as Executive Secretary and became the namesake for the annual ACR/NASS Innovation Award. As historian for the National Park Service from ’63 to ’64, he published the two reports key to the 1976 bicentennial restoration of Congress Hall in Philadelphia, and the Old Senate Chamber and Old Supreme Court Chamber of U.S. Capitol Building, Washington D.C. Bob was a gardener, a history/culture enthusiast, and enjoyed traveling. Surviving are his former wife, Marilyn B. Colborn; daughter, Amanda G. Colborn; stepson, Geoffrey (Katherine) W. Schoming; brother, George (Stacia) Colborn; sister Meg (Richard) Bond; two grandchildren, Molly and Julian; and friends, Curtis Burris, James Hughs, and Jason Amster. A service celebrating the life of Robert J. Colborn Jr. will be held 11 a.m., Friday, February 7, at All Souls Memorial Episcopal Church, 2300 Cathedral Ave., NW, Washington, DC, 20008. A reception will follow at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to All Souls Memorial Episcopal Church (www.allsoulsdc.org). A further celebration is to be announced for this spring.                                                  
                                                Published in The Capital on Jan. 28, 2014

– See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/CapitalGazette/obituary.aspx?pid=169365211#sthash.km6lZlxG.dpuf

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