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IDC: DHS IT Budget Focuses on Legacy Sytems Maintenance

US department of homeland securityAn International Data Corp. study on government agency budgets for information technology says the Department of Homeland Security allots significantly more funds toward legacy systems than new systems, GCN reported Friday.

Brian Robinson writes DHS spends 16 percent of IT funding on modernization, compared to other agencies spending approximately 25 percent.

“Trying to tie together all of the various systems they need means having to spend more on legacy systems, because it’s difficult to  simply replace this big mainframe system or that sprawling network of servers,” said Shawn McCarthy, research director at IDC Government Insights, according to the report.

DHS has a total IT budget of $5.7 billion and $2.2 billion of that is for infrastructure maintenance, which McCarthy called a “catch-all bucket” for investments.

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