The federal information technology spending proposal for the coming fiscal year totals $79.1 billion, Federal Chief Information Officer Steven VanRoekel said Tuesday during a call with reporters. It includes $35.4 billion for the Defense Department and $43.7 billion for civilian agencies. As always with OMB calculations about federal IT spending, that figure doesn't account for classified spending.
The departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs lack credibility when they say their separate pursuit of electronic health record systems modernization is cheaper than a single EHR would have been, says the Government Accountability Office. A Feb. 27 report from the legislative watchdog also shows how promises of close cooperation in health IT the two departments made during the termination of a program to develop a joint system have been significantly undermined.
The National Security Agency might scale back its storage of phone call data, NSA Director Gen. Keith Alexander suggested during a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing Feb. 27. While he did not go into detail about this alternative, only storing data that is "predicated on a terrorist communication" would be a departure for the Obama administration, which has defended bulk collection as a necessary practice.
A bill reforming federal management of information technology has another shot at becoming law following the House's Feb. 25 passage by voice vote of the Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act. The bill (H.R. 1232) the House approved Tuesday afternoon is different in some key respects from an earlier version the House attached as an amendment to a national defense authorization bill.
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NextGen funding at the Federal Aviation Administration would drop from $901 million to $836 million under the Transportation Department's budget proposal for fiscal 2015.
Scientific and technical research at the National Institute of Standards and Technology would get a nearly $30 million boost under the White House's spending proposal for the coming fiscal year.
The National Telecommunications and Information Administration requests $51 million in discretionary appropriations in the White House budget proposal for the next federal fiscal year.
Details so far on a proposed "federal cyber campus" contained within the White House budget proposal are scarce, beyond a few offhand references.
The military says it needs $5.1 billion in appropriations this coming fiscal year to fully support cyberspace operations, of the offensive and defensive variety.
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