U.S. President's FY2020 Budget investments in IT Modernization

On March 11, 2019, U.S. President Trump issued a proposal to Congress for FY2020, requesting $87.8 billion for unclassified IT budget expenses. The topline figure denotes a modest decrease from the $88 billion federal agencies were expected to spend in 2019. The fiscal FY2020 budget reflects critical investments in technology modernization, especially for those in civilian agencies.

According to the senior administration official who had asked not to be identified, federal agencies are making significant investments, migrating existing applications into the cloud while building out new cloud services simultaneously. These investments are critical in their support of automation, robotics, artificial intelligence (AI), and natural language processing (NLP).

Civilian agencies become the most significant beneficiary

The FY2020 budget request marks $51 billion in IT funding to be directed to civilian agencies, an increase from the $45.8 billion spend requested from the White House in fiscal 2019.

The Department of Defense will be receiving $36.8 billion in unclassified IT funding. This represents a modest decrease from a fiscal 2019 spending of $37.9 billion. The request does not detail the proposed funding of classified IT spending for FY2020.