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CIOs focused on training

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What: “Addressing the Fiscal Challenge: Leveraging Information Technology to Drive Government Efficiency,” by Accenture and the Association of Government Accountants.

Why: The top three challenges that federal CIOs and government finance and IT professionals face are budget constraints, skill gaps and the absence of organizational buy-in for innovative technologies

More than a quarter of the government CIOs and financial leaders surveyed said their approach for future analytic success will be increased training, while almost a third said they didn’t know what their approach will be. Sixty percent said training is the answer to squeezing more efficiency out of a reduced workforce.

Verbatim: “How do organizations plan to meet the challenge of maximizing efficiency with a reduced workforce? Cross-training, extending the useful life of existing systems and leveraging shared services were the top three responses; prompting the question, how effective can cross-training be if an agency doesn’t possess at the onset, the skill set in areas such as broader business skills and critical thinking? These are skills that are typically acquired through experience and are more difficult to train or teach.”

Full Text: Read the report here.

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Reid Davenport is a former FCW editorial fellow. Connect with him on Twitter: @ReidDavenport.

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