President Bush has requested that Congress approve $59.7
billion for IT spending as part of his fiscal 2005 budget,
a slight increase of $600 million over last year.
Some of that would go toward research and development,
such as $4.3 billion for the Defense. Other funds would be
devoted the President’s Management Agenda’s initiatives
aimed at promoting government efficiency and modernization
Currently 57 percent of the 7000 government transactions
that should be, are available electronically, the budget
Some of the IT money will go to 621 projects representing
$22 billion that are on the Office of Management and
Budget’s Management Watch List for programs failing to
meet certain standards for progress and achievement.
According to the budget, the list includes critical
projects that need improvement regarding performance
measures, earned value management and IT security.
One problematic area overall mentioned in the budget
request, is privacy impact assessments to be taken into
consideration in system design and information collection
activities. Such assessments require technical,
programmatic and legal expertise.
The document also warned that agencies unable to correct
deficiencies identified in business cases relating to
IT could have their funding cut until they demonstrate
the ability to address the weaknesses.
To get details on IT spending by agency outlined in
the budget proposal, go to