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Federal CIO: Sequester hurts IT recruitment

Oct. 30, 2013 - 06:52PM   |  
By ANDY MEDICI   |   Comments
Sequestration, the government shutdown and continued furloughs are making it more difficult to recruit and retain information technology workers, according to Federal Chief Information Officer Steven VanRoekel.
Sequestration, the government shutdown and continued furloughs are making it more difficult to recruit and retain information technology workers, according to Federal Chief Information Officer Steven VanRoekel. (File)

Sequestration, the government shutdown and continued furloughs are making it more difficult to recruit and retain information technology workers, according to the administration’s top IT official.

Federal Chief Information Officer Steven VanRoekel said Tuesday at the Executive Leadership Conference in Williamsburg, Va., that one of the administration’s goals in 2014 is to focus on maintaining its IT workforce and make sure those workers are placed where they are needed.

“In the midst of all of that, it is really hard to attract and retain top technology talent in government,” VanRoekel said.

He said agencies also need to think about retraining and redeploying existing employees to better meet mission priorities. For example, if an agency consolidates 20 email systems into one system, the agency should retrain those employees to perform other mission functions.

“How are we investing in our people?” VanRoekel asked. He added that offering more training will help keep the overall workforce engaged and invested in agency priorities.

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