Obama’s Budget Boosts IT Spending 1.3%

February 15, 2011
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via InformationWeek Government

The President’s fiscal 2012 budget, released on Monday, calls for $79.5 billion in federal IT spending next year, an increase of 1.3% over the estimated $78.5 billion the government will spend on IT this year and a 1.9% increase over the 2009 enacted IT budget of $78 billion.

A chunk of that increase likely comes from cybersecurity. For example, the budget calls for $2.3 billion in new and ongoing spending on operational cybersecurity and cybersecurity research and development at the Department of Defense and greater joint planning efforts on cybersecurity between DoD and the Department of Homeland Security, as well as $119 million “to support full operational capability” for the military’s new Cyber Command.

At DHS, the President’s budget seeks $459 million to support the operations of the National Cyber Security Division, which is responsible for helping to secure civilian agency IT systems. DHS will upgrade the CyberScope cybersecurity monitoring tool, continue refining the National Cybersecurity Incident Response Plan, and deploy intrusion detection and prevention. DHS will also initiate CyberStat sessions, modeled on the Office of Management and Budget’s TechStat IT performance sessions, to help correct weaknesses in federal cybersecurity programs.

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