FY 2021 Federal Budget Request: Priorities and Opportunities

Published: March 13, 2020

Federal Market AnalysisBudgetForecasts and SpendingInformation TechnologyPolicy and LegislationPresident Trump

Deltek’s FY 2021 Federal Budget Request: Priorities and Opportunities examines the priorities, initiatives and information technology trends within the President’s FY 2021 budget request.

Updated 3/20/20 based on new data provided by the Department of Defense (DOD) on 3/19/20.

Deltek’s FY 2021 Federal Budget Request: Priorities and Opportunities analyzes the proposed program investments and policy directives within the Trump Administration’s $1.3T discretionary budget request, which includes $705.4B in Defense and $647.4B in Civilian discretionary budgets and the $92.2B Information Technology budget.

This fourth budget request from the Trump Administration builds upon key programs and agency reforms that have been hallmarks of the Administration to date, while holding to the Defense and Non-Defense discretionary budget levels set by the 2019 Bipartisan Budget Act (BBA). The new budget also includes efforts to counter emerging threats to the nation and proposals to achieve major savings and reforms through curbing wasteful and unnecessary spending.

The FY 2021 budget supports key policies, programs and agency reforms consistent with Administration priorities around economic strength, national defense and force readiness, border security, public health and safety, regulatory reform and building the workforce of the future. The Administration continues to emphasize IT modernization and investments in key technologies as critical mission enablers, presenting potential opportunities in systems modernization, cloud computing, artificial intelligence, automation and cybersecurity.

Key Findings

  • The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2019 resetting of sequestration budget caps sets the stage for increased spending to address critical mission needs, such as national defense readiness, border security, IT modernization, cybersecurity, R&D, and healthcare.
  • New Space Force opportunities will emerge to drive investments in operational readiness support and emerging technologies.
  • Agencies will continue to focus on IT infrastructure modernization, process automation, customer experience advancement, and implementing technology solutions to reduce costs and gain efficiencies.
  • Federal investment in AI continues to grow in pockets, with significant budget increases proposed within both civilian and defense agencies.
  • In the midst of flattening discretionary and IT budgets, DOD components are still increasing targeted spending on efforts involving readiness and R&D in high-priority next-generation capabilities in AI/ML, space operations, cyber- and electronic warfare.
  • Critical Insight for Vendors

    This report delivers a comprehensive view of upcoming federal spending plans. Its purpose is to augment business development planning through strategic and tactical insight into the budget request.

    The report provides:

  • Top FY 2021 Administration priorities
  • Federal initiatives driving IT investment and acquisitions
  • Analysis of agency discretionary and IT budgets, priorities and initiatives
  • Departmental technology spending on Development, Enhancement and Modernization (DME) versus Operations and Maintenance (O&M) funding
  • Departmental analysis of new IT spending categories driven by the Technology Business Management framework.
  • Deltek's FY 2021 Federal Budget Request: Priorities and Opportunities report is delivered in PowerPoint® format, including a PowerPoint® Executive Briefing, and an Excel® data workbook.

    FY 2021 Federal Budget Request: Priorities and Opportunities


    Discretionary Budget

    IT Budget

    Agency Budget Outlook

  • Air Force
  • Navy
  • Army
  • Defense Agencies
  • Veterans Affairs
  • Health and Human Services
  • Homeland Security
  • State/USAID
  • Energy
  • Justice
  • NASA
  • Agriculture
  • Transportation
  • Treasury
  • Commerce
  • Snapshots: Housing and Urban Development, Labor, Education, Interior, Social Security Administration, General Services Administration, Environmental Protection Agency, US Army Corps of Engineers, National Science Foundation, Small Business Administration, Office of Personnel Management, and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission
  • Conclusions and Recommendations