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Agencies Preparing For IT Spending Cuts; Kevin Cooke, Thomas Bayer Comment

ITphotoChief information officers at several agencies are considering buyouts and cutting information technology training budgets as they prepare for cuts to IT spending, Federal Times reports.

Nicole Blake Johnson writes the Department of Housing and Urban Development is set to receive the largest IT cut under a White House proposal, to the tune of 20 percent.

The Defense Department is also set to see cuts to IT funds for this year, Johnson writes, citing data from the Office of Management and Budget.

Kevin Cooke, HUD’s deputy chief information officer, told Federal Times the department is looking at the cuts through a programmatic approach, including examining how many fewer people a HUD program could serve without automation.

Thomas Bayer, CIO at the Securities and Exchange Commission, told Federal Times the SEC has had to delay parts of one project aiming at centralizing data and making documents searchable for the agency’s enforcement staff.

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