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Survey: Federal CIOs, CISOs Highlight IT Workforce Issues as Top Concerns

HRA new survey from Grant Thornton and TechAmericasays many federal chief information and security officers consider information technology workforce concerns as among their top challenges, Nextgov reported Tuesday.

Brittany Ballenstedt writes 52 percent of CIOs, CISOs, information resource management officers and congressional oversight committees identified recruitment and retention of IT employees as their biggest concern.

Survey respondents also said they expect between 20 percent and 70 percent of their IT staffs to depart within five years, according to the report.

The survey claims that federal employees are expected to fill the vacated roles of contractors amid contract budget reductions, the report says.

Nextgov reports that respondents also raised concerns over hiring cuts, workload imbalances on performance and skill changes of workers.

Ballenstedt writes those respondents pointed to hiring reform, direct-hire authority, signing bonuses and telework arrangements, among others, as key strategies to address those challenges.

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