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Obama administration to focus 2011 IT budget on streamlining

Increased efficiency and better management are critical to building government information technology in fiscal 2011, said federal IT officials at an event in McLean. "We had over US$30 billion worth of IT projects that were either behind schedule or over budget," said federal Chief Information Officer Vivek Kundra, who was part of a panel discussion hosted by the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association of Bethesda.


Citing information sharing and streamlined technology solutions as key spending priorities for the president's US$79.4 billion fiscal 2011 IT budget request, panelists highlighted several initiatives to increase transparency and security, lower operational costs and build interoperability across government. Data centre consolidation is a particular challenge, Kundra said, and the government isn't maximizing existing infrastructure, the cost of which totalled US$19 billion in 2009. The federal Chief Information Officers Council will lead a detailed inventory of more than 1,100 data centres during the next eight months, and agencies must work on a detailed, comprehensive consolidation plan, he added.


Source: Next Gov


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