The Biden Administration recently issued its request for 2022 spending. This practice is really more of a policy effort than actual budgeting, but serves to illustrate administration priorities to inform agencies as to what is likely to get approved in the final budget. The 2022 budget request has a number of IT-specific priorities, starting with the funding of the Technology Modernization Fund (TMF) at another $500 million for fiscal 2022. This would be in addition to the $1 billion that was invested as part of the American Rescue Plan Act--money that helped support the ongoing effort to digitize government services and operations.
The $58.4 billion in IT spending includes marked increases in the IT budgets of the Treasury Department, Department of Veterans Affairs, and the Department of Homeland Security. NASA and the Department of Commerce had small reductions to its IT budgets.
Several agencies have surpassed their peers in managing mobile technology, yielding cost savings and increased productivity while fostering a culture that values the opportunity for employees to work away from their desktops.
But experts from government and industry agree that although the desire to build a more mobile workforce is spreading rapidly, crafting a strategy that serves agencies' missions and meets their security requirements still presents a serious challenge.