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May 30, 2013 FCW.COM 9 of federal CIOs said their agencies do not have BYOD policies, in a survey by TechAmerica and Grant Thornton 52% The spending cuts implemented under sequestration were top of mind for respondents to a federal CIO survey conducted by TechAmerica and Grant Thornton. Some of the 41 CIOs and infor- mation resource officials who par- ticipated said they are taking advantage of the opportunity to innovate through money-saving initiatives such as equip- ping field employees with tablet PCs instead of laptops, increasing virtualization, eliminat- ing redundant contracts and standardizing com- puter con gurations. However, many CIOs also fretted about pos- sible risks arising from budget cuts, including longer hardware life cycles, vulnerability to cyberattack and contin- ued reliance on legacy systems. The problem of cyber- security, meanwhile, is bound up with budget concerns, recruitment and retention. "If Congress wants cyber- security to be a priority, it should [send] the right messages from the perspec- tive of appropriating funds because I don t control all the funding and I can- not direct it to this area," one CIO said. One potential bright spot is that reforms coming from the Office of Management and Budget are show- ing promise. CIOs strongly backed the move to cloud computing and data center consolidation, with 94 percent saying their agencies have moved or plan to move to a cloud environment. They also commented on the Port- folioStat review pro- cess. "PortfolioStat is establishing transpar- ency and discipline in the acquisition pro- cess," one CIO said. "It is requiring a culture change and better busi- ness cases." Another respondent said the program is helping agencies take a hard look at their opera- tions, but it "is not con- sistent with how agen- cies report or manage IT acquisitions." CIOs are also wor- ried about the future of the federal IT work- force. The increasing pace of retirement, at or declining budgets, pay freezes, and a com- petitive private sector are combining to put a damper on the recruitment and retention of quali ed IT workers. The report indicates that CIOs did not feel their workers were as strong as they could be on such criti- cal skills as program management and problem solving. --- Adam Mazmanian What keeps federal CIOs up at night? Join the conversation FCW uses Twitter to break news, eld questions and ask our own. And we are donating to the Wounded Warrior Project as our list of followers grows. Learn more at FCW.com/followFCWnow. Already hard+4yrs of budget uncertainty=risk averse. RT @FCWnow: Agency innovation slips, @RPublicService report http://ow.ly/kyR6V 7:14AM-30Apr13 Joshua S Campbell @disruptivegeo Reply Retweet Favorite The General Services Administration s Challenge.gov contest platform, the Transportation Department s IdeaHub, and the National Archives and Records Administration s Citizen Archivist Dash- board were among the Top 25 Innova- tions in Government identi ed by the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at Harvard University s Kennedy School of Government. GSA s program, which aggregates prize programs and contests held by government agencies, earned recogni- tion because it brings together the ele- ments of the most successful initiatives, including crowdsourcing and a pay-for- performance model of governance. DOT employees use IdeaHub to sub- mit and collaborate on new ideas. The effort appealed to Steve Goldsmith, director of the Innovations in American Government Program at the Kennedy School, because it introduces an inno- vative impulse into a culture that is fre- quently hostile to bottom-up innovation. NARA s dashboard invites people to add to the national historical record by assigning metatags to existing doc- uments, transcribing video and audio records of government events, sharing their old photographs, and even trying their hand at transcribing Arctic weath- er records from U.S. ship logs. Beyond fostering civic engagement, the initiative "dramatically expands the resources of the National Archives to accomplish one of their core missions," Goldsmith said. --- Adam Mazmanian Harvard honors innovative programs CIOs' top concerns by percentage of times mentioned: 28% budget 21% human capital 19% cybersecurity 6% governance 6% acquisition 20% other * * includes politics, IT quality, strategic sourcing, endless mandates, maintaining legacy systems and analytics
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