IT Priorities Snapshot: Department of the Interior
Published: June 10, 2015
Federal agencies prepare various budgets and plans to realize their strategies; in turn, these priorities help to highlight opportunity areas for contractors. These agency documents include business cases from agencies’ FY 2016 budget requests, which provide insight into where government is relying on contractors as well as critical capabilities they are looking to develop.
The Interior Department’s IT budget includes planned spending for over 200 investments in FY2016, department-wide investments total 76% of these funds. Enterprise capabilities continue to be a priority, including network optimization, shifting towards unified messaging, advancing information management capabilities, and consolidating wireless communications. Through the Department of the Interior’s IT Transformation activities commodity IT to support 70,000 employees are being consolidated to achieve efficiencies, reduce duplication, and improve services. The enterprise email system has achieved savings by replacing 14 disparate email systems with a single messaging system for the department including email, instant messaging, desktop video conferencing, and messaging archive. The Department also plans to further consolidate its infrastructure footprint by moving to cloud hosted environments or six core data centers. Implementation of a department-wide, cloud hosting will enable greater consolidations and efficiencies as well as offering a shared service across the government.