Jonathan Alboum, former CIO at USDA and CTO for Public Sector at Veritas, joins the program to discuss the upcoming appropriations spending rush, and how federal agencies will allocate their money.
Once Congress finishes their appropriations bill, agencies are predicting a huge spending rush. Because the fiscal year is already half over, government offices are gearing up to spend their appropriations money as quickly as possible. Because spending on I.T. logistics moves faster than other purchases, several agencies are considering splurging on hardware and software to help their mission. “I think people have been planning based on what they expect to get. They might get less, they might get more,” said Jonathan Alboum, CTO for Public Sector at Veritas and former CIO at USDA. “To the extent that they’re going to start a planning process once there’s a full year appropriation, we’re going to end up in a situation where we spend money and possibly not the most effective way, or on things that aren’t a priority for an organization. As the government modernizes its I.T infrastructure, agencies are leveraging their short-term spending requirements with their long-term modernization plans. “I think that if you have a short-term initiative or you have long-term initiative I should say, you could get started with some 2018 funds. Around data, around modernization, around a new system or business application… customer centric kind of things.” Alboum told Government Matters. “And you can get it started and show some progress. Then go to the MGT board in 2019 with more than just a concept or idea but maybe something functional that people are using. I think you’ll have a lot more interest.”