GovLaunch: Impact of the President’s 2013 Budget on IT

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    Steve Cottle

    Following the submission of the President’s 2013 budget to Congress yesterday, analysis of impacts to specific programs and departments abounds. Federal Computer Week has published a good overview of the budget, with an eye toward its impact on federal IT at large. The article notes an overall decrease in federal IT spending, but an increase to those projects seen as having potential to improve efficiency.

    From the article:

    “The Obama administration proposes a slight decrease in federal IT spending in 2013, with many of its funded projects aimed at realizing further savings down the road.

    “Overall, the budget calls for spending $78.8 billion, a 1.2 percent decrease from 2012…

    “However, many of the IT projects highlighted in the budget apparently received support because of their potential to improve the efficiency of agency operations by modernizing and enhancing existing systems. The budget also highlights ongoing efforts to save money through data center consolidation and cloud computing.”

    You can check out the full article, which also walks through specific cuts and IT spending priorities for multiple Departments, here.

    What do you think? Is this concentrated focus on IT as a driver of efficiency the right approach to making federal IT spending decisions?

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