RESEARCH REPORT

In brief

In brief

  • While IT is increasingly being asked to lead, 70 percent of federal IT executives say they are still playing a supporting role in their agencies
  • Cybersecurity concerns, lack of funding and a continued reliance on legacy IT remain top constraints of federal IT
  • Cloud adoption remains early stage with over half of respondents running 25 percent or less of their infrastructure in the cloud


Information technology (IT) is now fundamental to how federal agencies operate—and their ability to innovate. As the pace of technology change continues to escalate, IT’s role is rapidly shifting.

How well are federal IT teams leading the charge toward new business models and new ways of working?

An Accenture survey of 200 federal government IT leaders found that IT organizations are making real progress in modernizing technology systems and infrastructures. They are adopting new approaches and working to implement them internally. Yet there is still significant opportunity to strengthen the alignment between technology and mission outcomes—and apply IT in news way to meet escalating mission needs.

Explore what we learned—and what it means for federal IT teams.

"The stakes for federal IT executives have never been greater. Their ability to digitally transform government will empower their agencies to deliver upon the immense expectations of the American public. However, they face huge obstacles, many without peer in the commercial sector."

– TOM GREINER, Technology Lead – Accenture Federal Services

Dominic Delmolino

Managing Director – Chief Technology Officer


Dave McClure

Principal Director – Federal Cio Advisory Services

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