State CIOs Prioritize Recruiting and Retaining the Necessary Workforce to Deliver Modern Digital Services

LEXINGTON, Ky., Monday, December 12, 2022—Today, the National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) released the State CIO Top 10 for 2023. The Top 10 represents state technology leaders’ top policy and technology priorities for the coming year, as voted on by 51 state and territory chief information officers (CIOs), and has been published every year since 2007. Cybersecurity remains the top priority for the tenth year running while digital government is in the number two spot for the fourth year in a row. Additionally, workforce moved up to number three, up from seventh place in 2022.

“State CIOs continue to face increasing challenges with IT workforce, especially in the area of cybersecurity,” said Doug Robinson, NASCIO executive director. “It is no surprise that workforce jumped to a much higher position this year as CIOs continue to struggle to recruit and retain a qualified workforce.”

Other items of note from the 2023 Top 10 are:

  • Legacy modernization and identity and access management both moved up in the ranking
  • Cloud had been in the top three since 2013 but this year drops to number six
  • Broadband moved to number nine from number three last year

NASCIO utilizes the annual voting of priorities to develop strategic areas of focus for the coming year, formulate new issue forums and working groups and plan NASCIO conference sessions and publications.

The Top 10 can be found on NASCIO’s website,

NASCIO Contact
Meredith Ward
Director of Policy and Research
National Association of State Chief Information Officers
[email protected]