The president's 2013 budget request


By David Perera and
Molly Bernhart Walker

The president's fiscal 2013 budget request to Congress, released Feb. 13, revealed a request for $78.9 billion for information technology spending during the coming fiscal year. This amount does not account for the intelligence community, for IT embedded into weapons systems or satellites, or for IT spending that agencies don't classify as IT for budget purposes. The real amount the government spends annually on IT is unknown, but some budget analysts have said it may be as much as 40 to 50 percent greater than the OMB number.

The fiscal 2013 request represents a real growth rate of 0.97 from fiscal 2012, based on OMB estimates of inflation during fiscal 2013, which starts on Oct. 1.

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