Does funding for cyber and tech in civilian agencies help enough? - July 19, 2019
By Kelsey Reichmann, Fifth Doman Cyber
The federal government’s National Security Strategy and the Department of Defense’s National Defense Strategy make the case that funding for cybersecurity and technology within federal agencies is essential to advance U.S. strategic interests, but a new analysis from big data firm Govini found that federal agencies are still lacking resources to meet those standards.
The report, titled “The 2019 Federal Scorecard,” was released in July.
“What we’re seeing is an overall reduction in science and technology investments on the federal side, but within the budget that does exist you’re seeing an increase in the kinds of technologies that are critically important for what those departments do and how they fit into DoD," said Kathryn Harris, senior vice president strategy and growth at Govini.
These cuts are seen most dramatically in agencies such as the Department of Energy and the National Institute of Standards and Technology, according to Govini’s findings. NIST’s budget would shrink about $300 million in the fiscal 2020 budget request.