Although federal CIOs aren’t expecting a budget increase this year — or even next — more than a third — 36 percent — will increase staffing in IT program management, while 33 percent expect to hire in enterprise architecture and 29 percent for cybersecurity. Just 7 percent said headcount would fall.
Few CIOs plan to emulate their private sector counterparts by laying off workers. They will, however, try to cope with budget cuts by stealing a few pages from Corporate America’s playbook. Their top priorities include lowering operating expenses, integrating systems and processes, and implementing security and privacy measures followed by project management improvements.
Twenty-one percent expect to hire more contractors to handle cybersecurity, while 14 percent foresaw a reduction.