Tech industry lobbyist is upbeat about the way forward for federal IT, as outlined in the president’s fiscal 2015 budget.
The overall changes are modest compared to fiscal 2014, but many individual agency budgets see much larger swings.
One big winner is likely to be NOAA, which is gearing up to launch new weather satellites in 2016-17.
If cloud providers are also brokers, can an agency be sure its interests are put first?
All the net savings come on the defense side, where the request for IT funding is down about 6 percent from fiscal 2014 spending.
The executive training proposal complements a broader, $56 billion plan aimed at improving customer service by federal agencies.
The Einstein automated intrusion-detection system would be funded at $549 million under the president's proposal.
Few specifics were revealed, but the trend is clearly toward tech and away from troops.
A study from the Bipartisan Policy Center recommends incentives to persuade utility companies to comply with industry standards.
Proposals under consideration in several legislatures would limit state interaction with firms assisting warrantless data collection.
The National Telecommunications and Information Administration's code of conduct will apply only to commercial uses, at least to start.
Small Business Committee Chairman Sam Graves hopes that putting teeth in data reporting requirements will give smaller firms a better chance to compete for federal contracts.