Grant Thornton-TechAmerica Survey: Budget, Human Capital Top Agency CIO Concerns

Budget and human capital are the top two areas of concern within the federal chief information officer community as CIOs grapple with sequestration cuts and other budget reductions, according to a TechAmerica-commissioned survey.

Grant Thornton helped the trade association conduct the survey and also spoke with other top IT officials at agencies, large programs and congressional oversight groups.

Cybersecurity ranked third on the list of concerns, followed by “other concerns” that include politics and strategic sourcing.

“CIO’s have resigned themselves to flat or declining budgets and have worked diligently to find smarter, more efficient ways to operate amidst a growing tide of federal retirements and multitude of recruitment challenges,” said George DelPrete a Grant Thornton principal and chair of the CIO survey.

Many respondents showed concern over the retirement of many experienced federal IT employees, challenging the talent pool and in particular the cybersecurity workforce.

Having a trained cyber workforce is a top worry for some, the survey says.

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