State CIO Survey Results: Workforce Issues Loom Large
The National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) released the results of their 2022 State CIO Survey; the survey includes responses from 51 state and territory CIOs. “Ensuring that states have the current and future IT workforce necessary continues to be a major pain point for state CIOs,” said NASCIO Executive Director Doug Robinson in an October 10 press release. “It’s clear that CIOs are thinking about how they will retain the staff needed to meet the demands for digital services today and in the future.” According to NASIO, the 2022 State CIO Survey, The People Imperative looks at the key issues affecting CIOs.
Why Contractors Must Care About Licensing
The Alliance for Responsible Professional Licensing (ARPL) explains why contractors must care about the licensing of the architects and the engineers they work with, during an interview with the ART of Construction on September 29. ART talks to Michael J. Armstrong the CEO of ARPL about nationwide efforts to weaken professional licensing for all fields. According to ARPL: The Alliance for Responsible Professional Licensing (ARPL) promotes a responsible, balanced approach to professional licensing. We aim to educate policymakers and the public on the importance of protecting rigorous licensing for professionals with high public impact. We also provide best practices and practical solutions to help states solve occupation-specific licensing challenges.
Occupational Licensing Fails to Increase Quality of Service, Study Finds
A new study by the Institute for Justice (IJ), released September 20, finds no evidence that occupational licensing raises quality. “Raising Barriers, Not Quality: Occupational Licensing Fails to Improve Services,” compared consumer ratings for six types of service providers in neighboring states with different licensing requirements. For four occupations, for example, the study compared ratings in an unlicensed state with those in a bordering licensed state. A key finding of the study, according to IJ included: “In eight of the nine comparisons, the study finds no statistically significant difference in consumer ratings between licensing regimes. So, for example, reviews for cosmetologists in Connecticut were no better than those for cosmetologists in New York, even though Connecticut requires 1,500 hours of schooling compared to 1,000 hours in New York.”
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