NASCIO announced Tuesday the release of its survey State IT Workforce: Here Today, Gone Tomorrow? A product of NASCIO's Corporate Leadership Council (CLC) Public Private Partnership Working Group, this national survey was designed to garner factual evidence about the current and future landscape of the state IT workforce from the view of the state CIO.

The survey covered topics such as anticipated state IT workforce retirements, employee recruitment and retention, and options for future state IT staffing and service structures. According to the survey results, an anticipated 27 percent of state IT workers will be eligible for retirement within the next five years, leaving states uncertain of their ability to replace them. The survey is available at.

"The results reflect a growing anticipation by states of an upcoming shortage in the state government IT workforce," said NASCIO President Teri Takai, CIO, Michigan. "State CIOs must continue to focus on the challenges that lie ahead with projected record retirements in the near future."

This online survey, completed by state CIOs and other key members of the state IT organization garnered 46 state responses -- among the highest response rates of any NASCIO survey.

"This overwhelming response is a clear indication that state CIOs have a strong interest in this topic," said Milford Sprecher, SAP, Chair of the CLC Public Private Partnership Working Group. "The survey responses also reflect wide-spread awareness among the states of a potential shortage of state government IT workers and acknowledge the possible impact to state IT service delivery in the future."

The results of this survey provide states with a broad perspective on state IT workforce issues as a whole, and also allow CIOs to further assess the IT employment outlook within their respective states.

"The aging of the public sector workforce is a well-documented trend," said CLC Chair Rick Webb, Accenture, "these survey results illustrate that states are facing considerable challenges when it comes to the changing state IT workforce."