With annual spending on information technology be the United States Government now exceeding US$100 billion, the transformation into the information economy continues at full pace.
As reported by govtech.com:
Key tech industry players gathered in Virginia on Monday, March 20, to hear about the IT spending forecast in state and local government in 2017 at the annual Beyond the Beltway conference, hosted by the Center for Digital Government (CDG)* and Government Technology. Total IT spending across state and local government is projected at $101.3 billion, which represents growth of 1.4 percent over 2016. Also likely to increase in proportion to overall IT spending is the number of IT-related opportunities, which numbered nearly 34,000 in 2016. Spending projections were offered for key verticals:
- Health and Human Services $26.4 billion
- Education $23 billion
- Transportation $10.3 billion
- Administration and Finance $8.7 billion
- Public Safety and Justice $7.6 billion
- Public Works $7.6 billion
- Environment and Natural Resources $7.4 billion
That’s some big money! The big question is how do those working in Public Sector information technology, ensure that all this money delivers outcomes for the public good. To ensure that the only benefit of this kind of expenditure of public money, doesn’t simply serve to line the pockets of the big IT services companies.
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