Trump expected to cut federal IT spending

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Trump expected to cut federal IT spending

President Donald Trump said this week that the federal budget is a “mess” and is promising to make it leaner. This means that federal IT spending — now at $81.6 billion — is likely to see cuts, analysts said.

The Trump administration is still filling top technology policy positions, including replacing former federal CIO Tony Scott, who left last month. Scott, a former CIO of Microsoft and The Walt Disney Co., was appointed by President Barack Obama in February 2015.

For now, all eyes are on former U.S. Rep. Mick Mulvaney (R-S.C.), Trump’s just-confirmed budget director. Elected in 2010, Mulvaney was part of the Tea Party wave and a member of the conservative House voting block, the Freedom Caucus.

Ray Bjorklund, president of government IT market research firm Birchgrove Consulting, expects Mulvaney to propose across-the-board budget cuts “somewhere around 10 percent.” That will lead to IT cuts, as well, he said.

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