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IT Budget Request Rises to $92 Billion in FY 2019: BGOV Webinar

February 23, 2018 Laura Criste

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.

For additional news or analysis of the fiscal 2019 IT budget request, use BGOV’s IT Explorer, BGOV’s Cyber Budget dashboard, or read our expert exclusives. Request a demo here.

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