National Survey Highlights How Economic Climate is Impacting Local Government Technology Budgets

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38% of local government information technology budgets will decrease over the next two years as a result of the economic slowdown, according to the results of a national survey conducted by Public Technology Institute (PTI) and INPUT.

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State of City & County IT 2008 National Survey: An INPUT and PTI Analyst Webinar

38% of local government information technology budgets will decrease over the next two years as a result of the economic slowdown, according to the results of a national survey conducted by Public Technology Institute (PTI) and INPUT.

The survey, "The State of City and County IT 2008," targeted local government chief information officers (CIO) and information technology (IT) department directors.

The intent of the survey was to examine organizational issues that IT agencies are facing today, and priorities for tomorrow; the role of the CIO as an executive in city and county government; and the relationship between IT departments and vendors.

Other areas of the IT budget impacted by the economic climate include:

  •     Staff development and training: 38% of respondents stated this budget item will decrease over the next two years, while 53% stated this budget item will remain the same;
  •     Travel for educational events for IT department staff: 54% of respondents stated this budget item will decrease over the next two years, while 39% stated this budget item will stay the same.

When asked to identify their high priority issues for the next 12 to 18 months, CIOs selected public safety interoperability (54%) and E-government services, to include deploying more interactive and collaborative tools for engaging the public (46%).

"Clearly, IT services are impacted by the reduction in government revenues," said Alan Shark, executive director of PTI. "IT executives will be challenged now more than ever before to provide strong leadership as IT departments struggle to meet increased expectations while facing declining resources."

Chris Dixon, Manager of State and Local Market Analysis with INPUT noted, "It's encouraging to see that most local CIOs are confident in the stability of their training and development budgets, despite the current economic crisis. Being familiar with the potential cost-saving benefits of new technologies is arguably more important during a fiscal downturn."

A webinar, entitled "State of City & County IT 2008 National Survey: An INPUT and PTI Analyst Webinar" analyzing the survey results will take place on Thursday, November 13 at 2:00 pm EST. All attendees will receive a free executive summary and discount on the full report. Please go here to register: http://www.input.com/corp/events_webinar/20081113_PTI.cfm?cmp=OTC-inputptiwebinar1113.

The survey was conducted on-line. PTI and INPUT contacted 993 local government CIOs and asked them to participate in the survey. 162 CIOs completed the survey.

EDITOR'S NOTE: To speak with the report author regarding this release, please contact Helena Brito at hbrito @ input.com or 703-707-4161.

About INPUT
INPUT is the authority on government business. Established in 1974, INPUT helps companies develop federal, state, and local government business and helps public sector organizations achieve their objectives. Over 1,500 member organizations, including small specialized companies, new entrants to the public sector, and the largest government contractors and agencies, rely on INPUT for the latest and most comprehensive procurement and market information, consulting, powerful sales management tools, and educational & networking events. For more information about INPUT, visit http://www.input.com or call 703-707-3500.

About PTI
Public Technology Institute is a national, non-profit technology research organization. Created by and for cities and counties, PTI promotes innovation and collaboration for thought-leaders in government, and advances the use of technology to improve the management and delivery of services to the citizen. For more information visit http://www.pti.org or call 202-626-2456.

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