​HHS outlines lofty cloud plans despite IT budget squeeze

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HHS outlines lofty cloud plans despite IT budget squeeze – February 24, 2017, By Chris Wiedemann, FCW

If you want a bellwether for IT spending across federal civilian agencies, a good starting point just might be the Department of Health and Human Services.

The largest civilian agency in the federal government, HHS budget drivers are focused on getting the best use of both public and private cloud services. Both the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and the Food and Drug Administration will be expanding cloud use.

Additionally, Platform-as-a-Service cloud applications will play a role in data- and information-sharing at the National Institutes of Health, and data analytics is expected to improve quality measurement. Other cloud and web services will be focused on providing customer service and enhancing the user experience overall.

Despite these lofty goals, however, the actual IT budget at HHS has been steadily decreasing.

How a huge but shrinking IT budget is allocated

The fiscal year 2017 IT budget for HHS is…

G2X TAKE: Cuts are coming and many HHS programs are expected to be primary targets, but this FCW article does a good job of breaking down some of the areas at HHS where investment is likely to continue, and even grow.

Across the Federal Health sector (HHS, VA, DHA and CMS), the HHS agencies not named CMS remain the most likely targets to take it on the chin, but how, when, where, and how deep the cuts will be is still tbd. This administration is looking to score some quick wins and we don’t think it will be long before the scalpel (or chainsaw) comes out.

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