Data Mining: Government spending by the numbers
Predicting IT Spending
The federal government will spend nearly 4 percent more in 2010 for information technology investments than it did in 2009, according to IDC Government Insights.
The government will make the investments to stimulate the economy and lower operating costs while improving IT capabilities and capacity.
Government spending on IT
Total: $67.4 billion (Civilian agencies: $35.9 billion; Defense agencies: $31.5 billion)
Total: $73 billion (Civilian: $40.1 billion; Defense: $32.9 billion)
Total: $75.7 billion (Civilian: $41.8 billion; Defense: $33.9 billion)
Source: IDC Government Insights
The Most Vulnerable Web Browsers
Firefox was the most vulnerable Web browser in the first half of 2009, according to Internet security company Cenzic. Most of the Web-based vulnerabilities in that time period — 90 percent — were in commercial applications, and Web browsers accounted for 8 percent of the total.
Safari came in second, mostly because of vulnerabilities in the version that runs as the default browser for Apple iPhones.
Firefox - 44 percent
Safari - 35 percent
Internet Explorer - 15 percent
Opera - 6 percent
Source: Cenzic’s “Web Application Security Trends Report, Q1-Q2, 2009”
Public Satisfaction With Federal Web Sites on the Rise
Google and Amazon could learn a thing or two from the Social Security Administration. SSA's Retirement Estimator and iClaim Web sites ranked a notch higher than the widely used commercial sites in a recent customer satisfaction survey by ForeSee Results.
Satisfaction with e-government sites came in at 75.2 on the American Customer Satisfaction Index's 100-point scale, while the score for off-line federal government services was 68.7. Agencies’ focus on President Barack Obama's open-government and transparency initiatives contributed to e-government's strong performance, according to the survey.
SSA Retirement Estimator: 90
SSA iClaim: 90
Free Application for Federal Student Aid, Education Department: 88
Source: ForeSee Results’ E-Government Satisfaction Index
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