President Donald Trump’s budget request sent to Congress May 23 calls for an increase of $1.6 billion for federal technology programs and projects.
The Treasury Department’s Bureau of Fiscal Service merged five legacy IT systems together to develop a new, modern post-payment application. With data consolidated in one place, the Fiscal Service helped the department’s inspector general uncover $20-30 million in improper payments.
The 8½ inch floppy disk held up at the recent House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing was good theater, but it doesn’t tell the entire story of the state of old technology in the government.
President Barack Obama plans to ask Congress for $19 billion for federal cybersecurity efforts in fiscal 2017. The White House wants to use some of the money to create a $3.1 billion IT modernization fund and provide more education to federal employees as part of a new cyber national action plan.
Tony Scott, the federal chief information officer, said agencies lost their sense of urgency around securing data and networks, and in how they invest in new applications.