FY2012 Federal Budget Request: Insights and Implications

Published: March 07, 2011

INPUT's FY2012 Federal Budget Request: Insights and Implications analyzes the spending priorities, policy plans and information technology trends and initiatives in the FY2012 budget request.

INPUT’s FY2012 Federal Budget Request: Insights and Implications report profiles the spending priorities and policy initiatives in the Obama Administration’s fiscal year 2012 budget request. It examines the information technology investments, trends, and drivers that offer insight into areas of growing emphasis and potential growth in the coming fiscal year and beyond.

The analysis covers the following areas outlined in the current budget request:

  • Administration technology, policy, performance and acquisition plans and strategies;
  • Discretionary and information technology budget reviews and breakdowns; and
  • Federal department and agency budget priorities, programs and trends.

Each new federal budget request reveals new and evolving policy and program priorities as well as major course changes for the up-coming fiscal year. Although some multi-year programs will be familiar, an administration often uses the new budget request to make the case for new proposals or greater investment in on-going initiatives. In addition, any number of current and growing challenges is often reflected in how departments plan to spend their funds.

Key Findings

INPUT draws upon its extensive knowledge of the government IT industry to analyze federal spending plans for the next fiscal year. Key drivers currently at play across the government include:

  • Discretionary budget pressures;
  • Emphasis on select technologies and initiatives to achieve current priorities;
  • Contract management performance improvement plans and goals; and
  • Acquisition reform and workforce challenges.

Critical Insight for Vendors

This report provides companies and other interested parties with a detailed view of upcoming fiscal year federal spending plans and is designed to enhance a firm’s business development planning with relevant strategic and tactical analysis. This report provides insight into:

  • The top priorities for the Obama Administration in fiscal year 2012;
  • The federal policies affecting technology acquisition and program management;
  • How federal departments are planning to use technology to achieve their various missions;
  • The mix of departmental technology budget Development, Enhancement and Modernization (DME) spending verses Steady State (SS) funding; and
  • The federal departments positioned as budget winners and losers for FY2012.

This year’s report also includes an analysis of impacts and implications for agencies and contractors of a potential government shutdown during the current fiscal year budget appropriations process.

INPUT’s FY2012 Federal Budget Request: Insights and Implications report is delivered in PowerPoint format. In addition, the report package includes an accompanying Excel workbook with the supporting data for the information technology budget analysis.

I. Introduction - Purpose - Scope and Methodology II. Plans and Strategies - Technology - Policy - Performance - Acquisition III. FY2012 Budget Request Overview - Discretionary Budget - Federal Deficit - Federal Workforce - Information Technology Budget Analysis VI. Department Highlights: Top Technology Spenders - Defense Agencies - Air Force - Army - Navy - Homeland Security - Transportation - Health and Human Services - Treasury - Veterans Affairs - Justice - Commerce - Agriculture - Energy - NASA - State and Other International Programs - Other Agencies V. Conclusions and Recommendations Appendix - Terms and Definitions