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Posted by Chip Gliedman on February 26, 2013
I'll leave it to the political pundits to read the tea leaves on the yes/no/how long of sequester-driven cuts to US government spending. What I will say is that a climate of cut-over-growth will remain with us for the foreseeable future. Regardless of what happens over the next few weeks, federal CIOs will be forced to grow services, capabilities, and constituent engagement concurrent with flat or decreasing budgets. This is not a short-term shift. It's high on the list of themes being communicated across government. You can see it in Federal CIO Steven VanRoekel's FY2013 Budget Priorities, which has the theme of "Doing More With Less."
So, what should a government CIO do? I'm going to have to assume that CIOs will already have their short-term contingency plans in place, should the forced budget cuts kick in. However, it's also time to start thinking about what will follow, once things settle down. As a start, consider the following on your to-do list:
Once reset, it's probably time to take a deep breath, step up a few thousand feet, and think about new, longer-term IT directions and how you can make the organization, infrastructure, and directional changes to best support your agency and constituent stakeholders over the next few years. Let me point you to some tools that might help:
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