State Department IT budget grows in budget request

The Bush administration has asked for $890 million to support the department's information technology needs in fiscal 2007.

Reflecting the growth of electronic diplomacy, the Bush administration's fiscal 2007 budget proposal calls for a $45 million increase in the State Department’s information technology budget.

The budget request released today seeks $890 million, up from $845 million in fiscal 2006, for State’s IT efforts.

It includes money for a wide range of programs to modernize the department’s systems and develop connectivity worldwide.

The request includes:

  • $287 million for centrally managing modernization, operations and maintenance of the department's office automation and support server infrastructure.

  • $39.7 million for a user-driven solution that will enable employees to connect with others in the foreign affairs community worldwide.

  • $14 million to replace the department's 20-year-old stand-alone logistics systems with modern technology and commercial products that support an integrated supply chain and re-engineered business processes.

  • $10.5 million for a joint financial management system with the U.S. Agency for International Development.

  • $3.4 million to redesign a database to manage allowances and benefits for all employees worldwide.

  • $400,000 for a project to upgrade the secretary of State's worldwide mobile communications from a simple telegram system to a fully transportable computer network.

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