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Steven VanRoekel: No IT Funding Increase in Obama’s FY 2015 Budget Plan

Steven Vanroekel
Steven VanRoekel

President Barack Obama has proposed a $79.1 billion information technology budget for fiscal 2015, down from the fiscal 2014 budget of $81.4 billion, Nextgov reported Tuesday.

Joseph Marks writes Steven VanRoekel, federal chief information officer, said Tuesday the $79.1 billion spending plan allocates $35.4 billion to defense IT projects and $43.7 billion to civilian IT programs.

VanRoekel seeks to expand PortfolioStat, his office’s IT portfolio management initiative that is intended generate an estimated $2.5 billion in savings through 2015, according to the report.

“What we find talking to Americans out there is that they really view us not as a collection of agencies or even an org chart, but as one government,” VanRoekel told reporters at a conference call Tuesday.

“So the approach we’re taking will be a one-government, outside-looking-in approach, versus inside-out, figuring out how do we break down those walls and silos to best serve [citizens],” he added, according to the report.

VanRoekel’s office also aims to attract private-sector talent for government IT work and increase the number of shared services agreements in the coming fiscal year, Marks writes.

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