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Agency CIOs Sound off on Federal IT Job Recruitment

DHS CIO Richard Spires, Photo: cio.gov

Department of Homeland Security CIO Richard Spires said predictions that the government would lose its best IT experts to retirement and attrition have proven akin to the claims of Chicken Little.

“It tends be a bit of a sky-is-falling discussion about this. I’m not trying to say it’s easy but, by God, we’re doing it,” Spires said of scouting and hiring qualified IT experts in government to replace those who are retiring.

The discussion about the IT workforce took place amid a larger conversation at a ACT/IAC Management of Change panel, “Partners for Success: Delivering IT Solutions” that also featured perspectives on the White House’s 25-point IT reform plan and cloud computing, according to Federal Computer Week.

As DHS announced recently it had canceled yet another departmentwide enterprise resource planning system and indicated it might look at a cloud-computing approach.

“As the security issues get worked out, I think you’re going to see a more aggressive shift by many agencies,” Spires said, according to FCW.

Meanwhile, Mary Davie, assistant commissioner of the General Service’s Administration’s Office of Integrated Technology Services, said agencies faced with changes over time are turning to collaboration.

“Agencies are increasingly starting to work together to identify common needs,” she said, citing GSA’s strategic sourcing initiative. “We have seen in the past year and a half a change in commitment from agencies. For the past few years, that had been missing.”

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