President Obama’s budget – his election-year plan on how he would spend federal dollars in the fiscal year that begins Oct. 1 – calls for the strengthening of government cybersecurity while reducing overall information technology spending by more than a half-billion dollars.
The budget, unveiled Monday (Feb. 13), calls for the government to spend nearly $78.9 billion in fiscal year 2013 on information technology, which includes IT security, down from almost $79.5 billion enacted for the current fiscal year, according to apresentation made by Federal Chief Information Officer Steven VanRoekel. In fiscal 2011, the government spent nearly $82.2 million on IT.
The Office of Management and Budget didn’t provide details on proposed government IT security spending, but suggested the reduction in overall information technology spending won’t diminish its cybersecurity efforts. That’s because the administration expects to realize efficiencies through a number of cost-saving initiatives, including data center consolidation and the Cloud First initiative to encourage cloud computing. Some of the savings from these efforts could be used to bolster cybersecurity.