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Federal IT Spending to Be Cut Only Slightly

Photo: Trey Hodgkins, TechAmerica

Information technology industry groups are saying the outcome of the supercommittee’s deal on the deficit will have no effect on federal technology spending.

They think funding for replacing old hardware and software will be cut slightly, while funds for IT investments will stay intact, according to Nextgov.com.

“The need for technology, whether it’s refreshments or cybersecurity, those needs don’t go away, and in some ways they may increase,” said Trey Hodgkins, senior vice president for national security federal procurement policy at interest group TechAmerica. “There are some bright spots for the government sector in tech spending, despite the impending cuts in 2013 and maybe the super committee cuts.”

Liz Hyman, public advocacy vice president for CompTIA, a trade association for IT companies, said potential cuts would affect hardware and software providers.

“It’s already so hard for small and medium-size companies to participate in contracting, that there are a lot of question marks out there,” she said.

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