Whether this election year proves to be full of change or a public request for staying the course, the up-and-down political wrangling involved in campaigning for president is sure to be a marathon that will consume the media for the next 6 months. Now, however, analysts are looking beyond the campaigns to the potential winners and considering whether the current trend toward updating the U.S. government’s technology and transparency will continue.
Thankfully, the general consensus is that no matter whether next year finds the country with a President Obama, a President Romney or a surprise contender in the Oval Office, efforts toward increasing efficiency and cost savings through software and cloud services are likely to continue to be supported for government IT.
The lack of concern over potential budget slashing for continued cloud computing projects is likely due to the massive success several of the current efforts have seen, including the cost savings accrued from some government agencies that have already transitioned to e-procurement in lieu of costly paper invoices.
According to Nextgov:
“Obama’s 2013 fiscal year budget request called for a slight dip in IT funding to about $79 billion. Federal Chief Information Officer Steven VanRoekel credited the rare decline, much of which came from the Defense Department, to the early results of major cost savings programs, especially a drive to drastically reduce the number of federal data centers and to move one-quarter of the federal IT infrastructure to cloud computing.“
With the deficit nearing $16 trillion (an average of about $50k per person), cutting costs and increasing transparency is on the minds of many voters, which makes it a hot issue on the campaign trail. That as much as anything likely accounts for the continued push toward a more efficient (and cheaper) means of performing government services for U.S. citizens. The point has been driven home on the campaign trail by some candidates, including Ron Paul’s determination to account for every expense made by his staff, down to even Fedex and toll road expenses. That dollar pack of gum? On the expense report.
It’s encouraging to see the continued government shift toward cost savings associated with transitioning to cloud computing services, but even better to see government placing real value on the transparency that cloud solutions can provide for the citizens that foot the bill.