2014 IT Budget Increases for Some Agencies, GSA Budget Continues to Drop
On April 10th, Federal CIO Steven VanRoekel announced his plan for the 2014 federal IT budget and the administration’s goal to continually increase innovation. He announced that there will be a $2 billion increase from the $80 billion federal IT budget in 2009, the first increase in four years. However, a limited number of agencies will receive more IT money, while many others will continue to cut their IT spending. The agency receiving the most money is the Veterans Affairs Department (VA), up 22% from 2012, this is an aim to work on integrated health records with the Defense Department (DoD) and to reduce their benefits backlog. Next, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) will get 11.9% more and the Small Business Administration (SBA) increases 11.3% from 2012.
Unfortunately, according to VanRoekel, the General Services Administration (GSA) will be one of the agencies with an IT budget cut. The GSA’s budget will decrease more than 9%, along with the Department of Housing and Urban Development and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is receiving less money as well. As the attention on cybersecurity continually increases, VanRoekel wants to keep innovating and strengthening federal cybersecurity and stated that the 2014 budget will receive $13 billion to cyber-related initiatives.
However, just because the budget is increasing by $2 billion does not mean it will continue that way. IT budgets have been steadily decreasing over the past several years and numbers in new budgets are adjusted for inflation. Most importantly, VanRoekel wants to invest this money in new ways. He says, “We’ve got a real opportunity to innovate, deliver, protect, and analyze.”