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status and payment options.” As the Census Bureau prepares for the 2020 enumeration, the administra- tion wants to increase funding for the Census Enterprise Data Collection and Processing project — from $77 million to $92 million. The Office of Personnel Management could get $37 million, available indefinite- ly, to dedicate to IT modernization. Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.) attempted to include funding of that same amount for OPM in last year’s information-sharing legislation but to no avail. The Justice Department is seeking an additional $26.4 million for the Justice Information Sharing Technology initia- tive, which funds the department’s enter- prise IT investments. And the FBI is ask- ing for $27 million more in fiscal 2017 to boost its contributions to a push for a common IT architecture known as the Intelligence Community IT Enterprise. And the Pentagon’s $38.6 billion IT request — which represents nearly half the government’s proposed IT spending — has “a heavy emphasis around identi- fying legacy technologies, which are of course particularly acute at DOD,” said Trey Hodgkins, a senior vice president at the Information Technology Alliance for the Public Sector. Paul Brubaker, a former deputy CIO at DOD, welcomed the Pentagon’s bud- get proposal as “good news for the mar- ket [because it] recognizes that cyber and IT modernization are critical needs.” Another notable IT line item in the DOD budget is $95 million for the Defense Information Systems Agency’s development of a new background- check system. Cyber, cyber everywhere DOD’s base budget request for cyber- space operations is $6.7 billion, an approximately 16 percent increase from fiscal 2016’s enacted level. The request- ed funding is designed to help the five- year-old U.S. Cyber Command mature in operational readiness, staff the Pen- tagon’s 133-team Cyber Mission Force and support the Joint Operations Center being erected at Fort Meade, Md., for cyber personnel, among other priorities. Richard Hale, DOD’s deputy CIO for cybersecurity, said some of the money will go toward new technologies to secure endpoints (mobile devices, for example) to improve the resiliency of DOD networks. “We are going to change our end- point strategy this year,” he said dur- ing a conference in February. “We’re going to focus on automating a lot of the basic cybersecurity stuff” to free up resources for defending against more sophisticated threats. The Justice Department is looking to spend big on battling the encryption challenge (see “FBI seeks to double ‘going dark’ funding”) and is request- ing $121 million in program increases in fiscal 2017 for cybersecurity activi- ties such as investigating hacks, fight- ing cybercrime and protecting its net- works. A large chunk of the funding — $85.1 million — will go to expand- ing the technical capabilities of FBI personnel, increasing the number of cyber investigations and improving “cyber collection and analysis,” the budget request states. The VA is seeking a $128.3 million bump in cybersecurity funding for fis- cal 2017, a 34 percent increase over 2016 levels. And the Treasury Depart- ment has requested nearly $110 million for a dedicated Cybersecurity Enhance- ment Account. The Department of Homeland Secu- rity’s budget includes $275 million in funding to accelerate the implemen- tation of the Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation program. The 2016 fig- ure was $102 million. Spending on the Einstein program that defends federal networks, meanwhile, would receive only a modest bump — from $459 mil- lion to $472 million. n Budget 16 March 15, 2016 FCW.COM The Defense Department is trying to solidify its IT backbone by more than doubling the amount of money it puts toward the Joint Regional Security Stacks in fiscal 2017. According to budget documents posted on the IT Dashboard, DOD officials are seeking $172.3 million for the departmentwide “firewall on steroids,” as JRSS has been dubbed. That’s compared to $84.4 million enacted for the pro- gram in fiscal 2016. DOD CIO Terry Halvorsen has made JRSS — a set of servers, switches and software tools — one of the signature policy initiatives of his 21-month tenure as the Pentagon’s IT chief. The JRSS program represents one of the bigger boosts in requested funding in the Pentagon’s $38.6 billion IT proposal for fiscal 2017. The FBI’s fiscal 2017 budget request includes $69.3 million to address the challenges that end-to-end encryption and online anonym- ity pose to law enforcement — more than double the $31 million spent on those issues in fiscal 2016. “The FBI will develop and acquire tools for electronic device analysis, cryptanalytic capability and forensic tools,” the budget request states. FBI Director James Comey has lamented the rise of end-to-end encryption, which can prevent federal agents from reading the communications of suspected criminals and terrorists, even with a warrant. At the same time, cryptologists have warned that any back door for authorities into encrypted communications could have disastrous effects on Internet security. Last year, the Obama administration dropped its quest for legislation to address the “going dark” conundrum, but in February the Justice Department sought to force Apple to help the FBI unlock the iPhone used by San Bernardino, Calif., shooter Syed Farook. And the dramatic increase in funding sought for fiscal 2017 signals that the FBI is intent on attacking the issue. FBI seeks to double ‘going dark’ funding Pentagon pushes JRSS funding For more on the biggest bumps in IT funding, see Back Story on Page 34. 031516fcw_014-016.indd 16 2/24/16 9:54 AM
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