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Obama’s Budget Seeks $2.3B Govt IT Funding Boost

ITphotoPresident Barack Obama’s fiscal 2016 budget proposal includes $86.4 billion for government information technology projects, a $2.3 billion increase from the previous year, Federal Times reported Monday.

Aaron Boyd writes Obama asked Congress to earmark $49.1 billion in civilian IT funding and $37.3 billion for military IT spending.

The White House also seeks a $450 million budget to support Open Data and PortfolioStat initiatives as well as to expand operations of the U.S. Digital Service, according to the report.

“The administration has placed a high priority on transparency and, in particular, on opening government data as fuel for private sector innovation and public use,” the White House said in a budget proposal obtained by Federal Times.

Obama’s annual budget request also calls for $16 million in funds to help the General Services Administration run e-government programs, Boyd writes.

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