USDA's IT funding gets slight increase in budget proposal

Agriculture Department is requesting $406 million for IT programs

The Agriculture Department would see a slight funding increase for its IT programs under President Barack Obama’s fiscal 2012 budget proposal released today.

The White House requested about $406 million for USDA's IT programs in fiscal 2012, compared with the $404 million expected in the fiscal 2011 continuing resolution and the $396 million spent on those programs in fiscal 2010.


Related stories:

Obama looks to boost IT spending in 2012

GOP pushes bill to cut spending by $100 billion


The budget documents do not clearly delineate USDA’s IT programs for the next fiscal year, but they do mention that some IT funds would be used to support “acquisition workforce effectiveness or for management solutions to improve acquisition management.”

The department also wants to reduce its data centers from 46 to seven by 2015 as part of the Obama administration’s IT management reform effort. It would do so by adopting light technologies and shared solutions.

The Obama administration announced a shift to a cloud-first policy when it released the IT reform plan in December 2010. That same month, USDA said it would move its e-mail systems to cloud providers.

In the budget analysis, the administration predicts that by March 2011, “firm targets will be announced for agency implementation plans for [the] data center consolidation initiative, an area that is ripe for shared services and common solutions.”

Overall, the president’s proposal would provide $23.9 billion in discretionary funding for USDA, a decrease of $3.2 billion from enacted spending levels. USDA is spending in areas aligned with the administration’s priorities, which include renewable energy and research into areas such as reducing obesity.

The administration is projecting savings at USDA by reducing direct payments to high-income farmers, refocusing USDA’s homeownership programs and targeting the department’s conservation programs to high-priority ecosystems.

About the Author

Alyah Khan is a staff writer covering IT policy.

The Fed 100

Save the date for 28th annual Federal 100 Awards Gala.

Featured

  • computer network

    How Einstein changes the way government does business

    The Department of Commerce is revising its confidentiality agreement for statistical data survey respondents to reflect the fact that the Department of Homeland Security could see some of that data if it is captured by the Einstein system.

  • Defense Secretary Jim Mattis. Army photo by Monica King. Jan. 26, 2017.

    Mattis mulls consolidation in IT, cyber

    In a Feb. 17 memo, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis told senior leadership to establish teams to look for duplication across the armed services in business operations, including in IT and cybersecurity.

  • Image from Shutterstock.com

    DHS vague on rules for election aid, say states

    State election officials had more questions than answers after a Department of Homeland Security presentation on the designation of election systems as critical U.S. infrastructure.

  • Org Chart Stock Art - Shutterstock

    How the hiring freeze targets millennials

    The government desperately needs younger talent to replace an aging workforce, and experts say that a freeze on hiring doesn't help.

  • Shutterstock image: healthcare digital interface.

    VA moves ahead with homegrown scheduling IT

    The Department of Veterans Affairs will test an internally developed scheduling module at primary care sites nationwide to see if it's ready to service the entire agency.

  • Shutterstock images (honglouwawa & 0beron): Bitcoin image overlay replaced with a dollar sign on a hardware circuit.

    MGT Act poised for a comeback

    After missing in the last Congress, drafters of a bill to encourage cloud adoption are looking for a new plan.

Reader comments

Please post your comments here. Comments are moderated, so they may not appear immediately after submitting. We will not post comments that we consider abusive or off-topic.

Please type the letters/numbers you see above

More from 1105 Public Sector Media Group