RealNews

Congress shrinks DHS CIO’s purse, other IT programs

As the Senate yesterday joined the House in passing a $29.4 billion Homeland Security Department appropriations bill, lawmakers increased total department funding by $1 billion over the administration’s request. In the process, however, Congress reduced the budget of the homeland security CIO and reduced spending for some major IT programs. CIO Steve Cooper’s office saw its budget cut from an administration request of $82.2 million to $60.5 million, according to the report of the conference committee on HR 2555. “This particular cut is of concern,” said Joe Draham vice president for government relations and congressional affairs of GTSI Corp. “Of greater concern is the homeland CIO’s ability to aggregate the IT budget responsibilities of the department in the fiscal year 2005 budget process. The department’s ability to centralize its enterprise architecture and investment strategy is contingent on that happening.” Full Story

OODA Analyst

OODA Analyst

OODA is comprised of a unique team of international experts capable of providing advanced intelligence and analysis, strategy and planning support, risk and threat management, training, decision support, crisis response, and security services to global corporations and governments.