5 DHS opportunities in the president’s proposed budget

Tom O'KeefeBy Tom O’Keefe, consultant

One of the few civilian agencies that likely won’t have its budget cut is the Department of Homeland Security. What’s less clear is exactly how the funding breaks down for DHS components.

The Trump administration’s plan to direct more funds to Customs and Border Protection and Immigration and Customs Enforcement by heavily reducing the budgets of the U.S. Coast Guard, the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Transportation Security Administration are likely non-starters for congressional appropriators.

However, looking at the FY17 budget amendment and the FY18 budget request, we can get an idea of where some additional technology opportunities might appear at the department. The FY17 budget amendment requests $3 billion extra for DHS, with a third of that going to CBP to begin construction of the border wall. The FY18 “skinny” budget has a few more clues for where we might see increased investment at DHS:

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4 ways to show NASA some love

Tom O'Keefenasa_021417By Tom O’Keefe, consultant

The next few years could be interesting for NASA, especially if the Trump administration tries to take aim at its climate observation work. But that won’t necessarily stop the space agency from continuing to innovate, embrace new technologies and continue its move toward the cloud.

In fact, while there have been recent challenges within the agency, particularly concerning cybersecurity, expect NASA to continue its role as a standard-bearer for new technologies within the federal government.

So what does that mean for IT vendors? Well to understand how to appeal to NASA, it’s important to focus on how to better enable its science and engineering mission. Here are some areas to focus on:

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The military needs better control of its data. Can you help?

Stephanie Meloni_65x85DCGS, military, surveillance, advanced analytics, cybersecurityThe military’s Distributed Common Ground System (DCGS) is a weapons system that produces military intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance to multiple military branches and government agencies. It’s a highly important intelligence tool and it’s in need of a major tech infusion, said IT leaders last week.

The program managers and developers at the Northern Virginia Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association event last week discussed the current and future state of DCGS, which is in need of open architecture, analytics and stronger cybersecurity.

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Can IoT really make cities smart?

Kevin Shaker_65 x 85By Kevin Shaker, analystsmartcities_011217

A little over a year ago, the Department of Transportation launched its Smart City Challenge, which pulled together federal grant money and private funds to restructure and optimize city transportation infrastructures across the country. Now that the winning cities have been announced, companies with Internet of Things solutions may want to start conversations about what they can offer.

Denver, San Francisco, Pittsburgh and Portland have been awarded grants to implement their IoT plans for establishing the cities of tomorrow. In October 2016, DOT identified these finalist cities, along with non-profit grants totaling $500 million for revamped frameworks. DOT has also committed $100 million for research, development and implementation of automated technologies.

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What you clicked on the most in 2016

tim larkins small pic. 67x84top5blogs_123016By Tim Larkins, Market Intelligence director

The Government Sales Insider blog that you’re now reading was just named one of the 50 Must-Read Federal IT Blogs of 2016 by FedTech magazine. It’s an honor to be named among other great sources of information and insight like “Ask the CIO” and “The Spec Blog.”

The award made us reflect on our most read posts of 2016, which is always a great lesson on what’s top of mind for the government IT community. What you clicked and shared the most varied from defense to civilian-focused posts, but two persistent themes were money and procurement trends. Any posts focused on how government organizations are spending their IT budgets and managing their IT portfolios were widely read.

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Top IT Opportunities at DOJ

Tom O'KeefeDOJ_071316By Tomas O’Keefe, Consultant

The Department of Justice (DOJ) is involved in numerous projects to continue to refresh and update its IT portfolio, but there are three key technologies that DOJ continues to look toward: cloud, big data, and cybersecurity.

With an annual IT budget that has remained relatively flat at roughly $2.9 billion, DOJ is developing strategies to mitigate the cost of maintaining legacy systems. At the same, DOJ is reinventing itself and becoming a more modern, lean, and agile IT organization that can continue to deliver on its critical law enforcement and national security functions.

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Drones Coming to a Farm Near You

Kevin Shaker_65 x 85drone_051216By Kevin Shaker, Analyst

Federal agencies have a long history of using drones to fulfill missions, starting with the Defense Department using the technology for everything from reconnaissance to combat functions.

And then there’s plenty of civilian agency use of drones– Customs and Border Protection began using drones for surveillance at the Mexican-American border, and the Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Bureau of Investigation has used the technology for law enforcement and domestic protection.

The newest civilian entrant to the drone market is the Department of Agriculture (USDA).

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4 Signs Big Data is Maturing but Still Faces Growing Pains

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Chris Short_Gov Sales Insider_65 x 85By Chris Short, Senior Account Manager

There’s no doubt that the Big Data Community, composed of manufacturers, service providers and customers is growing quickly. In the public sector there are still some cultural challenges that this community must overcome in order to mature Big Data from an overused catchphrase into a widely accepted paradigm. These challenges — and a few interesting strategies to overcome them — were discussed at immixGroup’s inaugural Government IT Sales Summit panel: Lots & Lots of Data: Now What? Below are a few of the topics discussed, along with the ways the panelists envision Big Data maturing beyond market adolescence:
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3 Areas Big Data is Booming for COTS Vendors

Stephanie Headshot 65x85by Stephanie Meloni, Senior Analyst

Big data and Big Dataanalytics is predicted to be a hot spot in terms of budget growth in the federal IT market. According to a recent report from the Department of Commerce Economics and Statistics Administration, the government’s principal statistical agencies spend on average 2.3 billion dollars a year gathering, processing, and disseminating data. Based on internal analysis conducted by the immixGroup Market Intelligence team, the compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of big data and analytics is estimated at 5.85% from FY14-FY17. This is due to the fact government will need to rely more on data analytics as a way to achieve their mission — with reduced budgets and staff.

Following in the footpath of some early adopters, the rest of the federal government is beginning to make investments and use big data analytics. The interest in using big data analytics for more and more applications keeps growing exponentially. For COTS vendors outside of analytics tools, big data and analytics offers many more opportunities.

Here are three other areas vendors should consider:

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Want to Help Government Agencies with Their Big Data Strategy?

Stephanie Headshot 65x85 by Stephanie Meloni, Senior Analyst

After years of hearing buzz about Big Data, could it be that the government is actually starting to implement its use? According to a recent survey conducted by IDC Government Insights, the answer is yes. The survey gives insight into how government is using its data – along with what industry can do to help agencies improve upon their current Big Data Strategy and processes. It places most federal agencies at about the mid-point of the maturity cycle for Big Data adoption, which means that those agencies have a defined Big Data strategy and are generating repeatable results. These agencies have made a business case for the use of Big Data, but are still figuring out how to use big data technologies and data consistently. Being only halfway through to optimization also means that these agencies have a ways to go in order to overcome inefficiencies in process.

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