CIO Executive Council Members Call for Changes in Information Technology Policy, Regulation

FRAMINGHAM, MA – February 8, 2005 – A quarterly news poll from the CIO Executive Council(TM) (founded by IDG's CXO Media Inc. and CIO magazine) finds 85% of the nation's top chief information officers (CIOs) believe the United States government's creators and writers of information technology-related regulatory measures (i.e., HIPAA, Sarbanes-Oxley, Gramm-Leach-Bliley) do not adequately understand how regulation impacts companies. "CIOs are the first in line to experience federal policies in action. There should be a vehicle in place for them to contribute to federal policy creation and provide frontline feedback on executed policies," says Mark Hall, CIO of CXO Media and General Manager of the CIO Executive Council.

The CIO Executive Council poll also asked chief information officers (CIOs) to weigh-in on the federal government's information technology (IT) policies regarding broadband internet access, cyber security and technology research and training priorities. Sixty percent (60%) of CIOs believe the U.S. government should create a federal technology policy similar to the way the U.S. has an energy policy and national education policy.

"CIOs are advocating a single-voice change in technology regulation because the lack of clear strategic policy hampers the private and public sector innovation necessary to maintain and even grow the tech leadership status that the U.S. currently enjoys," says Hall. In fact, 63% of respondents believe the current structure of several different government agencies overseeing different pieces of information technology policy should be changed to a single federal technology agency that oversees all technology policy similar to the way the U.S. has a department of Energy and a Department of Education. Just over half (50.5%) of poll respondents believe the creation of a federal technology agency would greatly improve the U.S. government's ability to make smart decisions about information technology policy. Charting a course for the future is a key concern for CIOs. However, only 38% believe the U.S will be the world's leader in technology innovation in 15 years.

Complete results available at:

Total Respondents: 402 chief information officers

Source: CIO Executive Council News Poll, February 2005


The CIO Executive Council commissioned this online survey between January 20, 2005 and January 31, 2005 among CIOs who are members of the CIO Executive Council or who qualify for Council membership, as well as qualified subscribers to CIO magazine. All Council members must serve as the senior-most IT executive in their organization and have purchase authority for their organization's information technology products and services, as well as strategic oversight of the IT function. An email invitation containing a link to the survey was sent to 5,183 CIOs yielded 402 completed surveys for a 7.7%% return rate.


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