IT highlights for omnibus 2005 spending bill
'$125.6 million for the Common Computing Environment to continue modernization of Agriculture's county service centers. The project will allow for information sharing and is intended to improve customer service, staff efficiency, and the department's ability to track and react to disasters. The National Agricultural Imagery Program for geospatial data and geographic information system technologies is considered critical to the modernization.
'$33.2 million for the National Animal Identification System, with language requiring a report on the system components, as part of a $145.1 million overall for animal health monitoring and surveillance to help prevent and detect mad cow disease.
National Institute of Standards and Technology
'$63.8 million for systems programs at NIST, setting aside $2 million of the funds for biometric technology studies.
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
'$12.5 million for NOAA's high-performance computing work.
'NOAA's data centers and IT services received $76.2 million.
'$703.8 million for advanced simulation and computing, including $10 million for the Ohio Supercomputing Center in Springfield.
'$22 million for the Environmental Information Exchange Network to automate information exchange among the agency and its partners in state and local government and industry.
'$105 million for EPA's general computing work.
'$2 million to the National Computing Center for remote mirroring to aid continuity of operations and disaster recovery.
EXECUTIVE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT
'$4 million for IT infrastructure upgrades.
FEDERAL ELECTION COMMISSION
'$4.7 million for internal automated data processing systems.
GENERAL SERVICES ADMINISTRATION
'$62.1 million for its Office of Governmentwide Policy.
HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES DEPARTMENT
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
'$24.4 million for contract costs for CMS' Systems Revitalization Plan.
'$78.3 million for contract costs for the Healthcare Integrated General Ledger Accounting System.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
'$272 million for equipment, construction and renovation of facilities, including a new data center and recovery site to ensure availability of critical systems and data supporting CDC's homeland security and public health emergency responsibilities.
'$14.3 million for Interior's new financial and business management system.
'Total budget of $5.22 billion, an increase of $625 million from 2004.
'$40.5 million for Justice's Legal Activities Office Automation
'$40 million for the Regional Information Sharing System, a program to aid state and local law enforcement, up from $34.6 million.
'$1.33 billion in state and local law enforcement grants, an increase from the 2004 level of $1.3 billion, which funds numerous IT projects nationwide.
'$20 million increase in IT programs, including $12 million for top-secret and more highly classified LANs and $8 million for enterprise architecture work; and $16 million for fingerprint database integration
'$58.3 million increase in funding for investigations of computer crimes from the 2004 level, with a provision for 188 positions in the program.
'$30 million for a cross-cutting departmental IT account, a cut from $48.2 million last year. Congress directed Labor's CIO to allocate the funds in accordance with the department's capital investment plan.
NATIONAL ARCHIVES AND RECORDS ADMINISTRATION
'$35.9 million for the Electronic Records Archive project.
'$16.2 billion, $822 million above the previous year's request. Congress provided unprecedented funding flexibility to the space agency, asking only for periodic reports.
OFFICE OF PERSONNEL MANAGEMENT
'$27.6 million to modernize its retirement system.
'$77.9 million for a centralized IT modernization program to upgrade State's systems. The Senate proposed this new account, which the House had not funded. It will help pay for a four-year replacement cycle for the department's systems.
Federal Aviation Administration
'$13.6 billion in total funding. Congress lowered FAA for the second year in a row, with this year's appropriation $219 million less than 2004, which will affect the agency's massive systems modernization project.
'$32.3 million to develop and acquire automatic data processing equipment, software and services. These funds cannot be used to support IRS information systems or Business Systems Modernization.
'$3 million to be available until Sept. 30, 2006, for Treasury IT modernization requirements.
Financial Crimes Enforcement Network
'$7.5 million for BSA Direct to store, analyze and deliver data culled from Bank Secrecy Act filings to help combat money laundering and terrorist financing.
'The tax agency received $205 million for management and contract costs for Business Systems Modernization. IRS must submit plans to Congress for approval before spending.
'Wilson P. Dizard III, Jason Miller and Mary Mosquera