via Federal Times
Inadequate budgets, conflicting priorities among program units and little time for strategic planning are among the top barriers to federal chief information officers increasing their effectiveness, according to a TechAmerica survey released Wednesday.
The annual survey, conducted by Grant Thornton, includes interview responses from 46 CIOs and their deputies, congressional staff and other government officials.
CIOs at the General Services Administration, Social Security Administration and the Veteran Affairs Department were among the participants.
In the face of shrinking budgets, lowering costs, integrating systems and processes and addressing security and privacy concerns ranked as CIOs’ top budget priorities. One CIO recommended having a central IT appropriations board to reduce duplications and wasteful spending throughout government. Improvements to program management ranked fourth out of seven rankings.
Interviews were conducted between January and April, prior to agencies receiving a 2011 budget. More than 50 percent expected their current budgets and 2012 budgets to decrease or remain flat, according to the survey. Most do not expect to increase their federal and contractor workforce, with the exception of inherently governmental jobs in program and project management, IT security and enterprise architecture.