Is IT modernization on the horizon?

By Stephanie Meloni, consultant

With lawmakers voting later this week on the $1 trillion bipartisan budget deal, the battle over funding for the remainder of FY17 may be settled fairly peacefully.

If this omnibus passes, it will largely spare civilian agencies from deep cuts in funding. It also includes some interesting features technology companies will want to take note of that will impact IT budgets and priorities.

The omnibus includes no funding for the construction of a border wall but does include $1.5 billion for border security measures, which would include infrastructure and surveillance technologies. This will create opportunities around the internet of things (IoT)—collecting, integrating, securing, storing and analyzing relevant surveillance data. Getting involved early with IoT opportunities will be important as adoption picks up down the line and will give companies with solutions a chance to cite and build upon previous successes.

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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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