Homeland Security

Eating up the IT spending pie

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The Department of Homeland Security still struggles to meld the disparate IT infrastructures of the agencies it inherited into an integrated whole, according to a recent study.

FCW's sister publication GCN cited a recent report from International Data Corp. that said on average, government agencies spend around 75 percent of their IT budget on operating and maintaining legacy systems, with the rest going to modernizations or new IT. DHS puts just more than 16 percent of its annual IT budget toward new systems and modernization.

The study said even though DHS has seen significant progress with some infrastructure efforts, including data center consolidation and the 2011 creation of its OneNet wide-area network, IT difficulties remain.

Read the whole thing here.

About the Author

Mark Rockwell is a senior staff writer at FCW, whose beat focuses on acquisition, the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Energy.

Before joining FCW, Rockwell was Washington correspondent for Government Security News, where he covered all aspects of homeland security from IT to detection dogs and border security. Over the last 25 years in Washington as a reporter, editor and correspondent, he has covered an increasingly wide array of high-tech issues for publications like Communications Week, Internet Week, Fiber Optics News, tele.com magazine and Wireless Week.

Rockwell received a Jesse H. Neal Award for his work covering telecommunications issues, and is a graduate of James Madison University.

Click here for previous articles by Rockwell. Contact him at mrockwell@fcw.com or follow him on Twitter at @MRockwell4.


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