According to a budget breakdown released today by the White House, President Biden’s (FY) 2022 budget for fiscal year 2022 includes an estimated $ 58.439 billion in IT spending for federal civilian agencies and $ 500 million for to the General Services Administration’s Technology Modernization Fund (GSA).
For civilian IT spending, this represents a 2.4 percent increase, or $ 1.352 billion, more than is appropriate for fiscal year 2121. The $ 500 million for the TMF program, initially included in Biden’s meager budget in April, is based on the $ 1 billion that Congress allocated in March as part of the U.S. Rescue Plan Act.
“Federal information technology (IT) provides Americans with important services and information and is the basis of how the government serves the public in the digital age,” the White House said. This funding will be used to “provide critical services to the citizen, keep data and sensitive systems secure, and promote the vision of digital government.”
Among civilian agencies, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) will receive most of this funding, receiving nearly $ 8.5 billion, or 14.5 percent of total IT spending. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is second to none, with Biden requesting $ 8.15 billion for DHS, or 13.9% of the total. Health and Human Services (HHS) and Treasury are the only two other federal agencies to receive more than 10 percent of the total funding, as Biden is requesting nearly $ 7 billion for HHS and nearly $ 6 billion for the Treasury, with a growth of 11.9 percent. and 10.2 percent, respectively.
TMF money provides another infusion to the GSA program, which recently loosened its repayment terms. The administration said it will “prioritize projects that focus on modernizing high-priority systems, cybersecurity, public digital services and cross-government services and infrastructure.”
Department of Defense computer funding was not included in the report.
Elsewhere in the budget proposal, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the National Science Foundation (NSF) are also studying budget increases from fiscal year 2121, although less than planned for fiscal year 2121. both of us.
The budget proposal released by Biden in April requested $ 916 million for NIST, which would have represented an increase of $ 128 million over 2010. The actual budget request provides NIST with a $ 800 million budget, which is only an increase of $ 12 million over the previous year.
NSF is looking at a $ 765 million funding increase, and Biden requested $ 8.173 billion for research and development funding from the agency. This increase represents a 10% bonus over the $ 7.4 billion (NSF) received in fiscal year 2121. However, it is still a long way from the $ 10.2 billion Biden previously pointed out it would ask for.