Federal News Network: VA, HHS, SBA among biggest winners in $92B IT budget request for 2021

“The White House is asking Congress for the largest information technology budget ever, driven, in part, by the need to move to shared services and continue the modernization of federal systems and applications.”

“President Donald Trump’s fiscal 2021 budget request asks for $92.1 billion, up from $91.9 billion in 2020 and $88.7 billion in 2019. Additionally, the White House requested $18.78 billion for governmentwide cybersecurity funding, down slightly from $18.79 billion in 2020.”

“‘What’s really important is those are about not only improving service, but saving money as well. You see investments in shared services continue that helps us save money across agencies on the modernization side. We will continue the savings as we consolidate data centers,’ said Suzette Kent, the federal chief information officer, during a call with reporters on Monday. ‘As we move to best-in-class contracts like Enterprise Infrastructure Solutions (EIS), we are promoting automation and we are seeing great success with automation and robotics process automation. We will continue to fund and expand those. On the data side, there are many priorities that are rooted in the Federal Data Strategy.’”

“Most of the agencies received increases in their 2021 budget requests over 2020 with some specific exceptions like the Commerce Department, which is expected to be done with Decennial Census…”

“The IT budget documents give plenty of hints where Kent and her staff want to advance the ball in 2020 and beyond…”

“The administration reduced the governmentwide total for cybersecurity funding in 2021. OMB says agencies still should expect to spend almost $19 billion…”

“For the first time, OMB broke down how much civilian CFO Act agencies are spending on each of the five areas of the NIST cybersecurity framework functions…” Read the full article here.

Source: VA, HHS, SBA among biggest winners in $92B IT budget request for 2021 – By Jason Miller, February 11, 2020. Federal News Network.

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