A recently conducted survey suggests the possibility that total federal IT spending will be stagnant over the next 5 years. This survey goes on to point out that new federal budgetary cuts and austerity legislation are partly to blame for the stagnation. This news leads some to worry that the recent uptick in government contracting IT activity will be further strangled as a result, and may force a currently booming economic sector into a state of torpidity. If these survey results hold true, it may severely impact private sector business relations with DOD agencies. However, this necessity to stay at a familiar spending level may increase the amount of research and development that civilian agencies put in to finding technologies that “both cut costs, and improve operations” to deal with the current situation.
When GSA issued Refresh #23 to the IT Schedule 70 on March 31st, 2009 it incorporated several changes including - The title and scope of SIN 132-8 was changed to Purchase of New Equipment to accommodate the addition of new SIN 132-9, Purchase of Used or Refurbished Equipment.
The Federal Government’s goal is to shut 40 percent of its computer data centers over the next four years by modernizing the way it uses computers to manage data and provide services to citizens.
The Office of Management and Budget has mandated that federal data collection centers downsize 800 facilities by 2015. Consolidating these data centers has a unique set of challenges, but when overcome, the potential monetary savings are tremendous.