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Most CIOs Can't Track IT Spending

May 7, 2013

Most chief information officers are not confident in their ability to estimate and track information technology spending at their agencies, a new survey finds.

The chief reason: Most CIOs do not oversee all IT spending, and IT resources are often embedded program costs rather than separate budget items.

“Especially with declining budgets, most CIOs do not believe they can be responsible for how agencies invest IT funds if they do not control the IT budget,” according to the latest annual survey of federal CIOs released last week by the IT organization TechAmerica and consulting firm Grant Thornton.

George DelPrete, a principal at Grant Thornton who worked on the survey, said CIOs “do a good job with understanding major investments and tracking those, but there are so many minor investments that are never reported to a component CIO or a [department] CIO, so they just don’t know.”

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