Homeland Security Wants $5.75 Billion for IT

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has requested roughly $5.75 billion for its fiscal 2013 IT budget, according to immixGroup, which helps technology companies do business with government.

The budget request is down from $5.79 billion in FY2012, immixGroup said.

Stephanie Sullivan, consultant to immixGroup’s Market Intelligence group, said DHS has the second-largest IT budget within civilian agencies, somewhat behind Health and Human Services.

What’s driving the budget? Commodity IT procurement, mobility and consolidation of data centers, according to immixGroup. McLean, Va.-based immixGroup noted, for instance, that DHS plans to move to a 4G network in the next five years that would enable such applications as on-demand video and biometric identification checks to work on tablets and smartphones.

"DHS will also place emphasis on cloud computing," immixGroup said. "The agency plans to develop nine cloud services for sensitive data and three public cloud services for non-sensitive data."

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