Information Technology Spending in the President's Budget Submission: In Brief [November 22, 2021]   [open pdf - 1MB]

From the Introduction: "Over the past two decades, proposed federal information technology (IT) spending has nearly doubled. During the same time period, IT budgeting has evolved from a minor component of the President's annual budget submission to a dedicated chapter. This evolution may reflect the increased importance of IT systems to agencies' operations as well as the increased focus on IT policy issues by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and the President. Federal agencies are increasingly using IT systems as a way to interact with many outside groups, including [1] members of the public (e.g., providing information or services); [2] other federal agencies (e.g., collaborating with or providing services to one another); [3] state and local governments (e.g., operating joint programs or providing funds); and [4] the private sector (e.g., receiving goods and services from contractors). [...] This report discusses how congressional and executive branch actions have shaped the format and content of federal IT budgetary reporting, including aggregated reporting on IT spending in the President's budget submission. Drawing on this data, the report analyzes how aggregate federal IT spending, as reported by OMB, has changed over time in recent years. The report concludes by briefly analyzing budget data presented in the most recent presidential budget submission for FY2022. The IT spending aggregates contained in this report as well as the spending trends may be of interest to authorizing and appropriations committees that oversee agencies with substantial IT investments."

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CRS Report for Congress, R46972
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Congressional Research Service: https://crsreports.congress.gov/
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