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Heavy workloads and staffing shortages are weighing on the minds of federal managers in 2005.

In a GCN e-mail survey of 378 managers about IT staffing trends at their agencies, 60 percent expected demanding workloads to be the biggest challenge this year.

The same percentage reported that their agencies had IT staffing shortages, though only 20 percent described those shortages as severe.

That may reflect survey findings that 44 percent of the managers we polled said outside contractors constitute at least half of the IT workforce at their agencies.

While nearly half of those we polled said that motivating staff and keeping morale up would be of concern this year, overall morale among government IT workers isn't bad, the survey found.
Nearly three-quarters of respondents characterized staff morale as at least fair; 19 percent described it as high.

Finding skilled IT staff was a worry for 38 percent of managers who took part in the survey.

IT security skills were most in demand at their agencies, more than half of the respondents said. Fifty percent also reported that their agencies needed skilled project managers. Network administrators were next on the list, at 43 percent.

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