If you think you’re frustrated with the current Congress, think how federal CIOs feel. Many of them are hobbled by lawmakers.
Cybersecurity is a top concern for federal CIOs as they work to incorporate mobility and cloud computing into their enterprises, and they feel hobbled by outdated policy and budget constraints in their efforts to modernize government IT, according to a new study from trade organization TechAmerica.
Among the challenges they cite: a "bitterly divided Congress" that has failed to update acquisition requirements and budgeting authority for IT and has instead produced sequestration and a government shutdown.
Despite the challenges, there is some increase in spending on new systems development, and technologies that promise improved economy and productivity are slowly being adopted. "CIOs are making headway moving to continuous monitoring for cyber, using agile techniques to simplify IT modernization and 'walking, not running' toward cloud and mobile," the report says.
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