The White House revealed its $1.1 trillion skinny budget Thursday, slashing funding for many federal technology research and grant programs, including the Energy Department’s R&D unit, the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy.
It’s less clear how the administration plans to address the federal government’s internal information technology challenges. In the last Congress, lawmakers proposed legislation that would create working capital funds at agencies for IT modernization programs, but the White House’s budget blueprint is light on details about IT spending.
It mentions information technology just a handful of times: pledging to build up the Veterans Affairs Department’s IT system to “improve the efficiency and efficacy” of its services; committing to “strategically enhance” the Treasury Department’s security systems and “preempt fragmentation” of its IT management to prevent cyberattack; and allotting an additional $100 million to the Census Bureau, some of which would be used to fortify its internal IT to support the 2020 Census.
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