Report: Feds face $75m in IT costs

Report: Feds face $75m in IT costs

It will cost the federal government more than $75 million in IT hardware and services to replace infrastructure damaged in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks at the World Trade Center and Pentagon, according to a report from Input Inc.

The Chantilly, Va., consulting firm also said in its Sept. 27 report that security will become the most important aspect of federal IT operations.

The report said the government will have to replace workstations, servers, printers, scanners and telecommunications equipment for 4,000 workers.

The affected agencies are the Defense Department, Customs Service, IRS, Secret Service, Securities and Exchange Commission, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.

Input predicts that most of the funds for recovery will go to IT services the agencies need.

Another effect of the attacks, according to the report, will be to inhibit some federal procurement efforts, even in agencies otherwise unaffected by the attacks. For example, the report noted the National Imagery and Mapping Agency has postponed a major IT contract.

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