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The federal government annually spends more than $100 billion on IT investments—many of which have suffered from ineffective management. Congress and the President enacted laws, such as the Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act (FITARA), to improve this.
This report describes the federal response to 2 high-profile cybersecurity incidents that affected the U.S. government. The Russian Foreign Intelligence Service hacked SolarWinds network management software, which is widely used in the U.S. government.
The General Services Administration and Office of Management and Budget oversee the Technology Modernization Fund, which awards federal agencies funds to replace aging IT systems. Congress provided an initial $175 million in funding, from which 11 projects received $89 million.
Managing federal real property and disposing of it when it isn't needed is a longstanding challenge that has been on our High Risk List since 2003.
A 2016 law set up a process that tests ideas for speeding up sales of unneeded properties and covering sale costs.
The Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) coordinates the nation's drug control policy. ONDCP's responsibilities include tracking and publicizing information about federal grants that fund drug control activities, such as prevention and treatment.
As of March 2020, nonfederal pay (e.g., for state and local government and private sector workers) was on average 23% higher than federal pay for similar jobs, despite pay equity efforts. One such effort was to increase federal pay in specific areas of the U.S.
The federal government faces a severe shortage of digital expertise in fields such as artificial intelligence and cybersecurity. A recent report urged establishing a new service academy—similar to the military academies—to train future digital civil servants.