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Report: Obama’s 2016 IT Budget Plan Reflects Federal Tech Adoption Push

ITphotoThe Obama administration’s proposed information technology budget and recent hiring of industry technologists reflect the administration’s strategy to derive value from federal IT investments, Federal Times reported Tuesday.

Aaron Boyd and Amber Corrin write President Barack Obama requested a 2.7 percent increase in government IT funds for the next fiscal year.

The fiscal 2016 budget plan includes $450 million for the PortfolioStat program aimed at helping agencies monitor IT investments, according to Federal Times.

President Obama also proposed a $105 million budget to establish U.S. Digital Service teams across the government and $84 million to fund the military’s Joint Information Enterprise.

A government-wide continuous diagnostics and mitigation initiative would get approximately $14 billion to bolster federal systems security.

Boyd and Corrin say the White House also included strategic sourcing, open source architecture, benchmarks and shared services programs in its FY 2016 IT agenda.

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