The US government has outlined its budget for the coming year, calling for $4.4 trillion in spending - and technology investments are a core focus.
In its proposed budget for the 2019 financial year, the Trump administration has called for increased spending on the military and US infrastructure - but with a particular focus, too, on technology infrastructure.
An official White House briefing, which has been released this week, sheds a light on the government's plans. It outlines continued investment in digital transformation and cyber security projects.
The government will plough more money into IT modernisation, data transparency and collaborative workplace initiatives to fend off growing cyber security threats
Over the past few years, federal government organisations have been slammed for relying on outdated IT systems. As a result, they have been exposed to devastating cyber attacks, such as the data breach at the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), which compromised the personal details of more than 14 million US government workers - including personnel working in sensitive jobs.
The government will plough more money into IT modernisation, data transparency and collaborative workplace initiatives to fend off growing cyber security threats.
It explained that "antiquated, unsecure technology risks can leave the public frustrated and vulnerable" and that "too many federal employees perform outdated duties that rely on outdated skillsets".
To boost public belief in government organisations, the administration wants to invest in "nimble" IT approaches in the coming months.
The administration also want to abandon "burdensome" rules and "meaningless compliance" by investing $80 billion for IT and cyber security spending.
Additionally, it will set aside $45.8 billion for civilian agencies. Implementing these modernisation plans will also help the federal government slash IT costs as well.
The government is also keen to develop a 5G wireless network, but unlike previous reports suggested, it will be developed commercially.
Emily Murphy, an administrator at the General Services Administration, praised the increased IT spending. She said it will aid the country's security capabilities.
"The investments in our nation's physical and cyber infrastructure proposed in the President's budget will improve our government's security posture and empower agencies to more efficiently and effectively accomplish their critical missions," she said.
The document read: "Modern information technology will function as the backbone of how government serves the public in ways that meet their expectations and keep sensitive data and systems secure."
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