Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Chairman Joseph Lieberman (I-Conn.) wants to increase the size of the Office of Management and Budget’s Office of E-Government and the Office of Federal Procurement Policy, and he is asking the Appropriations Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government for $6 million to do so.
In a letter sent to the committee March 25, Lieberman details the funding needs for optimal government operations in fiscal year 2011, highlighting the lack of staff at the E-Government Office. Currently, the office has 13 full-time employees who manage the IT budget across the entire federal government, Lieberman wrote.
“In addition, the E-Government Office has responsibilities – shared with the Department of Homeland Security – over the security of federal information systems, but has limited staff to assist in this key priority,” he added. “Given the office’s role, I recommend that the budget for OMB be increased by $3 million to allow for the hiring of additional staff in the E-Government Office.”
Lieberman also suggested additional financial resources for the Office of Federal Procurement Policy, which suffers from the same problem as the E-Government Office. While total federal spending on goods and services has increased dramatically over the last decade, the staffing level at OFPP has remained stagnant, Lieberman wrote in his letter.
Because the areas of responsibility of OFPP are “highly complex and requires strong government-wide leadership from OFPP,” Lieberman recommended the appropriation for OFPP to be increased from $3 million to $6 million.