Treasury gets an IT lift

Fiscal 2002 budget

The Treasury Department could get a significant increase in its information technology budget, buoyed by spending for the Customs Service's Automated Commercial Environment and the Internal Revenue Service's modernization.

In its fiscal 2002 budget proposal released this week, the administration is seeking an 8.6 percent increase in Treasury's IT budget, raising it to $3 billion from $2.8 billion is this fiscal year.

The administration has requested $228 million for software development for ACE, an Internet-based system that can handle a greater volume of imports than the 17-year-old Automated Commercial System. Customs this month plans to award a $1.3 billion contract to modernize the system.

As expected, the Bush administration has proposed $398 million for IRS modernization, a request that is less than the $450 million the IRS Oversight Board has said is necessary.

The Treasury budget also includes:

$25 million for Treasury's Integrated Treasury Network. $5 million in continued funding for Treasury's International Trade Data System. $26 million for Treasury's HR Connect, which improves the department's human resource systems. Dorobek is a freelance writer based in Arlington, Va.

About the Author

Christopher J. Dorobek is the co-anchor of Federal News Radio’s afternoon drive program, The Daily Debrief with Chris Dorobek and Amy Morris, and the founder, publisher and editor of the DorobekInsider.com, a leading blog for the Federal IT community.

Dorobek joined Federal News Radio in 2008 with 16 years of experience covering government issues with an emphasis on government information technology. Prior to joining Federal News Radio, Dorobek was editor-in-chief of Federal Computer Week, the leading news magazine for government IT decision-makers and the flagship of the 1105 Government Information Group portfolio of publications. As editor-in-chief, Dorobek served as a member of the senior leadership team at 1105 Government Information Group, providing daily editorial direction and management for FCW magazine, FCW.com, Government Health IT and its other editorial products.

Dorobek joined FCW in 2001 as a senior reporter and assumed increasing responsibilities, becoming managing editor and executive editor before being named editor-in-chief in 2006. Prior to joining FCW, Dorobek was a technology reporter at PlanetGov.com, one of the first online community centers for current and former government employees. He also spent five years at Government Computer News, another leading industry publication, covering a variety of federal IT-related issues.

Dorobek is a frequent speaker on issues involving the government IT industry, and has appeared as a frequent contributor to NewsChannel 8’s Federal News Today program. He began his career as a reporter at the Foster’s Daily Democrat, a daily newspaper in Dover, N.H. He is a graduate of the University of Southern California. He lives in Washington, DC.


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