The president’s 2014 budget would increase federal information technology spending by 1.7 percent, despite initiatives geared toward reducing IT spending.
Overall IT funding would increase from $80.6 billion this year to $82 billion in 2014. The Defense Department would see its budget rise 2.1 percent, from $38.8 billion this year to $39.6 billion. Civilian agencies would see a 1.4 percent increase, from $41.8 billion this year to $42.4 billion in 2014.
Federal Chief Information Officer Steven VanRoekel has touted administration efforts to reduce IT spending since 2009 after years of uncontrollable growth. The budget noted that the annual growth rate of IT spending has slowed and is now less than 1 percent.
Cybersecurity, including continuous monitoring of federal networks, is a top budget priority. The Department of Homeland Security’s National Protection and Program Directorate would get $810 million to protect federal networks and computer systems from cyber attacks and support the protection of critical infrastructure. DHS requested $769 million for similar initiatives in 2013.
By October 2014, agencies should be using automated software to monitor 95 percent of the devices operating on their networks to know whether they are secure.