Re-alignment Deemed Vital for Proposed Spending in FY 2012

Shifts Listed in IT Budget Denote Drive to Promote Federal Priorities

Mar 08, 2011, 16:48 ET from INPUT

RESTON, Va., March 8, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The national debate arising from the federal budget is spurring efforts of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for IT reprioritization. Unlike past attempts to improve IT management by increasing overall funding, the OMB has issued a federal budget plan for FY 2012 that shifts money from underperforming agencies into ones that more strongly align with national priorities. INPUT's newest report, FY 2012 Federal Budget Request: Insight and Implications includes a comprehensive outline of the president's proposed discretionary and IT budget, but goes a step further to analyze the key priorities, investment categories, lines of business and effects of re-allocation for the top 15 agencies. Reflecting themes from this year's State of the Union Address, INPUT'S findings show technology funding for the Department of Transportation and the Department of Education will increase 20 percent from FY 2011, while the Department of Justice and NASA are expected to see decreases of 14 and 10 percent, respectively.  With heightened prioritization of education, cloud-computing and research and development (R&D), INPUT's report predicts that money will shift to departments that prove essential to supporting long-term federal goals.

The report contains implications and conclusions of the federal proposal, including party disagreement over the scope of budgetary cuts. Stemming from Congress' current inability to pass a universally supported budget, the impending possible government shutdown has the potential to significantly impact the federal contracting community. "To some degree the FY2012 budget request has been overshadowed by the national fiscal debate," Deniece Peterson, Manager, Industry Analysis, said. "But at the same time, it almost has a symbolic status among House Republicans as proof of President Obama's inability to make deep cuts."  The larger debate provides some cover for IT, which has been positioned as key to reducing government costs when teamed with the right form and amount of oversight.  INPUT analysts indentify key agency IT priority shifts for FY 2012, and provide recommendations to vendors attempting to amplify business opportunities.

Other elements of the report include:

  • Steady State (S.S) vs. Development Modernization and Enhancement (DME) spending
  • Impact of the potential governmental shutdown
  • Request's emphasis on higher levels of performance management strategies for agencies
  • Key performance and acquisition strategies for agencies being established by the OMB.

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