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OMB puts $2B in IT spending on the chopping block

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February 17, 2011
FedCyber Wire, Spending
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via Washington Technology

Eight federal agencies and departments would see more than 10 percent cut from their IT budgets under a management reform program for fiscal 2012, 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.

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.

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