Security could consume 10 percent of IT budget

The Bush administration’s fiscal 2009 budget proposal asks Congress to increase spending on information technology security by $646.8 million over 2008 levels.

The administration proposed $7.2 billion in IT security funding for fiscal 2009, while $6.6 billion was allocated in fiscal 2008. In other words, agencies as a whole would spend 10.3 percent of the $70.9 billion requested for IT on security. But the percentage for particular agencies would vary based on the nature of their projects.

For example, the Transportation Department is working on projects that might require an additional IT security investment, said Karen Evans, administrator for e-government and IT at the Office of Management and Budget. Therefore, the department could spend as much as 25.7 percent of its requested $2.9 billion in IT funding on security, budget documents state.

“The budget reflects the investments necessary to improve service delivery and to secure and protect government information while maximizing and spending taxpayer dollars wisely,” Evans said.

Meanwhile, agencies are improving the security of their systems. Evans said agency inspectors general have certified and accredited 90 percent of IT systems for meeting security requirements. In addition, 83 percent of agencies’ contingency plans have been successfully tested.

On March 1, OMB will release a report on the government’s IT security program and agencies’ performance.

Cybersecurity is also a key element in protecting the government’s infrastructure. “The consequences of a cyberattack could cascade across the economy, imperiling public safety and national security,” the budget document states.

To address that concern, the administration is seeking to increase cybersecurity spending to $7.3 billion, a 73 percent increase over fiscal 2004 levels, according to budget documents.

About the Author

Matthew Weigelt is a freelance journalist who writes about acquisition and procurement.

Featured

  • Telecommunications
    Stock photo ID: 658810513 By asharkyu

    GSA extends EIS deadline to 2023

    Agencies are getting up to three more years on existing telecom contracts before having to shift to the $50 billion Enterprise Infrastructure Solutions vehicle.

  • Workforce
    Shutterstock image ID: 569172169 By Zenzen

    OMB looks to retrain feds to fill cyber needs

    The federal government is taking steps to fill high-demand, skills-gap positions in tech by retraining employees already working within agencies without a cyber or IT background.

  • Acquisition
    GSA Headquarters (Photo by Rena Schild/Shutterstock)

    GSA to consolidate multiple award schedules

    The General Services Administration plans to consolidate dozens of its buying schedules across product areas including IT and services to reduce duplication.

Stay Connected

FCW Update

Sign up for our newsletter.

I agree to this site's Privacy Policy.