Analysis: Stimulus Money Aimed at Government IT

IDC sees $2.5 billion Earmarked for Federal Technology Some $2.5 billion of the $787 billion stimulus package signed by President Obama in February will be spent on federal government IT, including information security, according to an analysis by the market intelligence firm IDC.

Among the expenditures IDC identifies:

$500 million for the modernization of the Social Security Administration's National Computer Center.
Another $490 million for a Social Security claims processing program, including $40 million in healthcare IT investments.
$317 million for federal programs involving the oversight of IT systems, focusing on performance management.
$290 million for IT security and network assurance programs at the State Department.
$200 million to Department of Homeland Security for technology to assure the protection of the nation.
$250 million to the Institute of Education Science, the Education Department's primary research arm, for research systems, which should include technologies such as high-performance computing systems and predictive modeling tools.

Spending on these technologies should begin later this year and is likely to be fully committed by the end 2010, IDC says, adding that "the 2011 budget process for IT will continue to reflect similar priority spending as defined by the new Obama administration."

IDC based its estimates on a review of the legislation and discussions held with industry technology buyers.

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Eric Chabrow

Eric Chabrow

Retired Executive Editor, GovInfoSecurity

Chabrow, who retired at the end of 2017, hosted and produced the semi-weekly podcast ISMG Security Report and oversaw ISMG's GovInfoSecurity and InfoRiskToday. He's a veteran multimedia journalist who has covered information technology, government and business.

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