TechAmerica’s 24th Annual Federal CIO/CISO Survey Identifies Top 3 Priorities for Government IT Officials


TechAmerica’s 24th Annual Federal CIO/CISO Survey Identifies Top 3 Priorities for Government IT Officials
Report Examines How Federal IT Professionals Are Providing Innovative Technology Solutions

Washington, D.C., June 4, 2014 – TechAmerica, the public sector and public policy division of CompTIA, in collaboration with Grant Thornton, identified three top priorities for government IT officials in its 24th Annual Federal CIO Survey.  This year’s survey, entitled CIO/CISO Insights: Achieving Results and Confronting Obstacles, addresses the evolving federal IT infrastructure and how these changes are impacting strategic priorities. The report will be presented at the National Press Club’s Holeman Lounge in Washington, DC, tomorrow at 8:30 a.m.

The report points to IT security, modernization/innovation, and cloud/mobility as government’s top IT priorities. Balancing these priorities, however, often includes transforming the mindset and workflow for the workforce and reflects some of the top challenges that were identified, including workforce, security and budget cost savings.

“The hardworking and dedicated CIOs and CISOs face unprecedented change in their agencies and their field,” said Mike Hettinger, senior vice president, public sector, TechAmerica. “This report shows that they are working diligently to take advantage of new technologies to improve services for the federal workforce, while at the same time being mindful of budget constraints. Within this framework, they also are endeavoring to enhance IT security and lower risk.”

“Our latest report highlights how federal officials are adopting new technologies to empower their workforces, but in the face of enormous headwinds,” said Srikant Sastry, managing principal of Grant Thornton’s Global Public Sector. “Despite obstacles like sequestration and shutdown, as well as an ever evolving security threat, CIOs and CISOs are driving innovation in the cloud and mobile devices, in developing collaboration environments, and in security. A huge part of this innovation is in ensuring that their workforce is properly equipped with modern tools, technologies, skills and policies to engage and fulfill their agency’s mission.”

The report examines a number of areas affecting IT services, including:

  • Budget control,
  • Cloud and mobility,
  • Workforce,
  • Delivery,
  • Acquisition (including FAR and LPTA),
  • IT shared services,
  • Security, and
  • Analytics.

Government CIOs will discuss the report during tomorrow’s presentation.  On the panel moderated by Jason Miller, executive editor and reporter, Federal News Radio, will be:

  • Lisa SchlosserDeputy Associate Administrator in the Office of E-Government and Information Technology, Office of Management and Budget (OMB),
  • Larry Zelvin, Director, National Cyber and Communications Integration Center, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and
  • Bill Zielinski, Deputy Commissioner/Chief Information Officer, Social Security Administration.

The report is available for downloading at:  www.techamerica.org/cio-survey/.   To attend the presentation, register at http://www.techamerica.org/cio-survey-release/.

About TechAmerica

TechAmerica is the public sector and public policy division of CompTIA, advocating before decision-makers at the state, federal and international levels of government. Representing technology companies of all sizes, TechAmerica is committed to expanding market opportunities and driving the competitiveness of the U.S. technology industry around the world. With offices on Capitol Hill and in Northern Virginia, Silicon Valley and Europe, as well as regional offices around the U.S., we deliver our members top-tier business intelligence and networking opportunities on a global scale. Learn more about TechAmerica at www.techamerica.org or follow us on Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn.  Learn more about CompTIA at www.comptia.org.

About Grant Thornton

Grant Thornton’s Global Public Sector helps executives and managers at all levels of government maximize their performance and efficiency in the face of ever tightening budgets and increased demand for services. Its public sector practice gives clients creative, cost-effective solutions that enhance their acquisition, financial, human capital, information technology and performance management. Grant Thornton’s commitment to public sector success is burnished by a widely recognized body of thought leadership analyzing and recommending solutions to government’s greatest challenges. Based in the Washington D.C. metropolitan area, with offices in Alexandria, VA; Austin and San Antonio, TX; and Sacramento, CA; Grant Thornton’s Global Public Sector serves federal, state, local and international governments. For more information, visit www.grantthornton.com/publicsector.

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