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By Ericka Chickowski  |  Posted 04-07-2010

Top 7 Priorities for Federal CIOs

Cybersecurity With a surge in malicious attacks on the government and cyberwarfare heating up, there's no wonder this is a top concern. Several key initiatives include FISMA reform and identity management improvements.

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IT infrastructure With the prevalence of dated technology that's costly to operate and maintain, a lack of standards and impenetrable silos between application systems, infrastructure concerns remain a hot topic.

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IT workforce The slow nature of government recruiting and a lack of HR understanding of IT leaves many CIOs unable to get their pick of the workforce litter before companies swoop in to hire the best and the brightest.

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IT management Basic IT management processes--including capital planning and investment control--are fairly mature, but CIOs believe improvements in governance and project management are still in order.

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Efficiency and effectiveness Federal CIOs are most behind efforts to streamline systems that have direct interface with citizens and other constituents, including improved Web-based interfaces and back-office integrations that reduce complexity.

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Performance management and accountability With such a heavy emphasis placed on compliance, rather than on results, CIOs believe that the government needs to improve how it makes agency IT shops accountable for their operations.

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Acquisition A basic "blocking and tackling" issue for federal CIOs, acquisition improvements remain paramount to minimize the time gap between when a need is identified and when its solution is made available.

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