With the federal government facing cyber threats and the need to upgrade legacy systems, President Donald Trump’s is asking Congress for $92.4 billion for information technology in fiscal 2019, about 10 percent above fiscal 2017 spending levels.
In a webinar, Bloomberg Government presented an overview of the budget changes and explored IT budget trends for specific agencies, programs, and priorities. Findings include:
- The Defense Department, with an IT budget request of $36.4 billion for fiscal 2019, would get much of the federal IT funding increase. Civilian agency IT budgets would remain fairly steady at about $45.8 billion, and BGOV estimates that classified IT budgets would increase about 10 percent to $10.2 billion.
- The budget for cybersecurity, the White House’s top IT priority in fiscal 2019, will increase by 4.1 percent to $15 billion from fiscal 2018 to 2019.
- Most new IT spending will flow to defense and security-focused agencies. Pentagon IT funding would grow by 20 percent from fiscal 2017 to 2019, and the Homeland Security Department’s budget would increase by 6 percent during the same period.
Participating in the webinar were BGOV federal market analysts Laura Criste and Chris Cornillie and director of contracts research Kevin Brancato.