“Doing More With Less”
That’s the subtitle from the presentation “Federal Information Technology FY2013 Budget Priorities” delivered by Steven VanRoekel, U.S. CIO, at the AFCEA Bethesda Federal Budget Preview. And it’s a relevant theme as federal IT spending has flatlined the last couple years at $79 billion, after increasing at a rate of 7% per year in the early 2000s.
The Big Winners and Losers for FY2013
In dollar terms the biggest increases and decreases by department:
Top 3 budget projected increases:
1. Treasury – business systems modernization, tax-related systems
2. Health and Human Services – health-care related systems
3. Veterans Affairs – health-care related systems
Top 3 budget projected decreases:
1. Defense – Data center closures will save up to $300 million
2. Commerce – Joint Polar Satellite Systems requires less funding
3. Energy – The Sequoia super computer is complete
With the move to the cloud, data center consolidation, and cybersecurity issues, it’s a time of great change in federal IT circles. But it’s also a time of great opportunity for sharing information and eliminating duplicative systems.
Steven pointed out that the federal government has a unique opportunity to look across agencies and develop vendor and device agnostic mobile solutions as the technology is so new. Hopefully that will prevent anything similar to the current environment of stand-alone legacy IT systems, built over decades in silos.
Harness the Expertise of the Private Sector
As a leader who spent much of his career in the private sector, another of Steven’s priorities is to utilize the knowledge of the private sector to improve government IT capabilities. Those initiatives include the Entrepreneurs in Residence, Expert Resources, and the Presidential Technology Fellows Program.
For more information, check out the presentation.