Letter: CIO meeting's positivity not highlighted

Regarding "Survey shows CIOs losing seat at the table," one reader writes: I was at the conference [Feb. 27] and find it ironic that your reporter took away and reported solely on this negative aspect.

This was an opportunity to present a balanced view or more positive outlook but he chose the negative stance. Disappointing. I actually found the conference to be much more positive than this article represents in terms of accomplishments and how the CIOs are stepping up
and taking on the complex challenges they face each and every day to protect our data, their users and the taxpayer's interests. Were there examples of points of failure, yes, but they were presented as lessons learned.

The audience
[Feb. 27] varied between government, industry and press. I thought it was uplifting to see much collaboration and respect among the 10 CIOs who presented and the interest in continuous improvement to their role and contributions to their agencies and government at large. I think the article focused only on a negative element which is an unfortunate trend and doesn't present a full picture to the public. The CIOs who presented are clearly dedicated to improving government and frankly, I like the movement toward more transparent government, I'd hate to see negative reporting create the environment where they don't want to come to forums like this and share their views as freely as they did [Feb. 27].

This information could have been presented differently yet still have impact on getting the message across that we need the CIOs at the executive table to maximize effectiveness.

Anonymous

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