What's the future of federal IT spending? According to market research firm INPUT, a couple of lean years followed by a steeper growth curve. Overall, agencies' spending will grow 5 percent annually from $79 billion in 2007 to $102 billion by 2012, according to INPUT forecasters. But most of the growth will be back-loaded. This year and next, the firm's market researchers say, spending will be sluggish due to appropriations delays and ongoing disagreements between President Bush and the Democratic-controlled Congress.
Tom Shoop is vice president and editor in chief at Government Executive Media Group, where he oversees both print and online editorial operations. He started as associate editor of Government Executive magazine in 1989; launched the company’s flagship website, GovExec.com, in 1996; and was named editor in chief in 2007.