Work Force Tops CIOs' Worries

WASHINGTON (05/09/2000) - Information technology staffing remains a top concern among government chief information officers, according to a recent survey. But that does not mean CIOs are ready to turn their work over to private contractors.

Asked to rate the importance of more than a dozen issues in their jurisdiction, a group of 132 federal, state and local CIOs ranked IT staffing above other hot issues such as security/privacy, e-government and records management, giving it a score of 4.38 on a scale of 5.

Outsourcing, on the other hand, finished last on the list, with a score of 2.88, which is a weak response, according to Steve LeCompte, vice president for events, online and research at FCW Government Technology Group.

Despite the strong response on IT staffing, "it is clear government CIOs do not view outsourcing as the solution to staffing," LeCompte said.

LeCompte surveyed CIOs and other IT directors who registered to attend the Government CIO Summit, taking place this week in Savannah, Georgia. The summit is produced by the FCW Government Tecnology Group, which publishes Federal Computer Week and civic.com.

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