White House to request $65.1 billion for 2006 IT budget

The federal IT budget request for fiscal 2006 will increase by 7.1 percent to $65.1 billion, according to industry sources.

President Bush will submit his 2006 budget request to Congress Monday.

Industry sources, who received a briefing from the Office of Management and Budget today, said the civilian agencies' IT budget request will be $35 billion and the Defense Department's IT budget request will be $30.1 billion.

For the current fiscal year, the federal IT budget is $60.8 billion, OMB told industry sources.

The big winners in 2006 include:

  • DOD, 4.9 percent increase to $30.1 billion from $28.7 billion

  • Homeland Security Department, 23 percent increase to $5.9 billion from $4.8 billion

  • Justice Department, 23 percent increase to $2.7 billion from $2.2 billion

  • Small Business Administration, 13.9 percent increase to $41 million from $36 million

  • Veterans Affairs Department, 23.5 percent increase to $2.1 billion from $1.7 billion

OMB also cut a number of agencies' IT budgets:

  • Agency for International Development, down 9.2 percent to $119 million from $131 million

  • Housing and Urban Development Department, down 3.3 percent to $322 million from $333 million

  • Labor Department, down 3.1 percent to $409 million from $422 million

  • OPM, down 14.2 percent to $127 million from $148 million

  • NASA, down 5 percent to $1.9 billion from $2 billion

  • Social Security Administration, down 4.2 percent to $958 million from $1 billion

Editor's note: An earlier post of this story listed OMB as facing a 14.2 percent cut in its IT budget next year. The agency is the Office of Personnel Management, not OMB.

(Posted 4:24; Feb. 4; updated 11:47 a.m. Feb. 7)

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