Bush requests $65.1 billion for IT in 2006

Bush requests $65.1 billion for IT in 2006

President Bush today requested $65.1 billion for federal IT for fiscal 2006, an increase of 7.1 percent over this year.

The White House, which submitted its request to Congress, increased the civilian agency IT budget to $35 billion and the Defense Department's request to $30.1 billion.

For the current fiscal year, the federal IT budget is $60.8 billion, the budget request said.

The big winners in 2006 include:

  • DOD, 4.9 percent increase to $30.1 billion from $28.7 billion

  • Homeland Security Department, 23 percent increase to $5.9 billion from $4.8 billion

  • Justice Department, 23 percent increase to $2.7 billion from $2.2 billion

  • Small Business Administration, 13.9 percent increase to $41 million from $36 million

  • Veterans Affairs Department, 23.5 percent increase to $2.1 billion from $1.7 billion


OMB also cut a number of agencies' IT budgets:

  • Agency for International Development, down 9.2 percent to $119 million from $131 million

  • Housing and Urban Development Department, down 3.3 percent to $322 million from $333 million

  • Labor Department, down 3.1 percent to $409 million from $422 million

  • Office of Personnel Management, down 14.2 percent to $127 million from $148 million

  • NASA, down 5 percent to $1.9 billion from $2 billion

  • Social Security Administration, down 4.2 percent to $958 million from $1 billion



Editor's note: An earlier post of this story listed OMB as facing a 14.2 percent cut in its IT budget next year. The agency is the Office of Personnel Management, not OMB.

(Posted 4:24; Feb. 4; updated 10:57 a.m. and 4:39 p.m. Feb. 7)

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