Nearly 40% Of Federal IT Pros Say Lack Of Budget Hampers IT Projects, According To New InformationWeek Reports Research

27% say conflicting or poorly defined requirements are the biggest barrier

Aug 26, 2013

SAN FRANCISCO, Aug. 26, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- UBM Tech's InformationWeek Reports, a service provider for peer-based IT research and analysis, announced the release of its latest research report. The 2014 Federal IT Priorities report analyzes results from InformationWeek's poll of 155 federal government technology professionals.



Research Summary:

InformationWeek polled 155 federal government technology decision-makers to determine IT priorities for federal technology professionals and contractors. Despite the White House budgeting $82 billion for federal IT in fiscal year 2014 — a 2.1% increase over 2013 — survey results reveal that money is still tight.


  • 39% of respondents cite the lack of budget as the No. 1 barrier to effectively executing IT projects at their organizations, up from 35% a year ago.
  • 14% say there's significant technology innovation at their agencies, and 57% say they're at least moderately innovative.
  • 55% say their IT operations have been more efficient and effective in the past 12 months than in the prior 12 months.
  • Security/cybersecurity tops the list of federal IT priorities
  • 66% say their top priorities are driven by agency or organizational initiatives, while 48% say their priorities are dictated by OMB directives or policies from the federal CIO's office.
  • 48% expect to increase the use of collaboration tools in 2014.

The report author, Michael Biddick, is CEO of Fusion PPT and an InformationWeek Reports contributor. Co-author Wyatt Kash is editor of InformationWeek Government.

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"Budget uncertainty, especially with Congress heading for another fiscal showdown when it returns from summer recess, is placing even more stress than usual on agency IT operations," Biddick says in the report. "For longtime CIOs, that uncertainty carries an added risk as legacy systems grow older and cyber threats grow more ominous."

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