SBA’s fiscal 2016 IT budget is $95 million, down from $102 million in 2015. The agency requested an increase of $6 million for fiscal 2017. SBA has had a fairly flat IT budget over the last three years, in the $100 million to $101 million range.
The agency, like others, also is spending a majority of its IT budget on legacy systems, more than 65 percent, according to the Federal IT Dashboard. It’s also spending about 18 percent on development, modernization and enhancement efforts and 16 percent on provisioned or cloud technologies.
Roat inherits eight major IT investments, including the $20 million IT infrastructure program and two mission critical projects — a $15.2 million effort to modernize its disaster credit management system and a $13.6 million capital access financial system.
Additionally, SBA has been troubled by cybersecurity challenges. The agency’s inspector general detailed 30 cyber weaknesses in late 2015 and the House Small Business Committee gave SBA until June 30 to fix them. Additionally, the Government Accountability Office highlighted 69 cyber recommendations in September 2015.
Bluestein told Federal News Radio in June SBA was making progress, including hiring a new chief information security officer.