Clinton budget would boost agency IT funding

Clinton budget would boost agency IT funding

By Shruti Dat'

GCN Staff

FEB. 8—President Clinton's 2001 budget proposal supports science and technology initiatives, specifically for high- priority, long-term basic research, Office of Management and Budget director Jacob J. Lew told a congressional panel today.

"Budget surplus and debt reduction are no longer just projections," Lew testified at a House Budget Committee hearing. "Our new challenge boils down to relying on realistic assumptions and baselines, setting priorities."

The proposed information technology funding increases over 2000 levels include:

  • A $223 million increase for the National Science Foundation, to $740 million.
  • A $126 million increase for the Defense Department, to $350 million.
  • A $150 million increase for the Energy Department, to $667 million.
  • A $56 million increase for NASA, to $230 million.
  • A $42 million increase for Health and Human Services, to $233 million.
  • An $8 million increase for the Commerce Department, to $44 million.

Clinton also proposed a $185 million increase in funding for crime-fighting technology, to $350 million. The budget includes $41 million for creating a National Integrated Ballistics Information Network.

The president's budget emphasizes IT security. It proposes establishing an institute of information infrastructure protection with $50 million from the budget surplus and increasing funding for cybersecurity by $280 million, to $2.03 billion.


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