via Federal Computer Week
Eight federal agencies and departments would see more than 10 percent cut from their IT budgets in fiscal 2012 as part of a broader management reform program reflected in the administration’s budget request, a senior White House official said today. Other federal organizations would have smaller reductions.
“We are cutting what we cannot afford and deploying game-changing technologies,” Vivek Kundra, federal CIO, said in a press call with reporters. In all, Kundra said, 17 agencies and departments would lose IT funding under the proposal.
The largest proposed IT funding reduction, by percentage, would affect the Office of Personnel Management, down 33 percent, primarily through reductions to a financial system expenditure that would save $23 million, Kundra said.
NASA would lose $512 million, or 24 percent, on infrastructure; the Education Department would be cut by $174 million, or 21 percent; and the Commerce Department would be down $466 million, or 16 percent.
Other organizations that would experience a drop in IT budgets of more than 10 percent are the U.S. Agency for International Development, down 18 percent; National Archives and Records Administration, down 17 percent; Small Business Administration, down 15 percent; and Housing and Urban Development, down 11 percent. Details were not immediately available on which IT programs would be cut at each agency.