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Thursday, May 25, 2006

Defense business modernization agency wins support (5/23/06)

"The Defense Department's efforts to modernize its business systems recently have attracted recognition and support from some lawmakers, despite proposed budget cuts for the Business Transformation Agency, where those efforts now reside.

The House Armed Services Terrorism Subcommittee cut $341 million from various Defense IT programs in the fiscal 2007 defense authorization bill, including a 15 percent cut in research and development funds for the BTA.

But two House Democrats protested and are pushing to get the funding restored when the bill goes into House-Senate negotiations. While the Armed Services Committee's May 5 report on the bill stated that 'too many of the department's IT programs are poorly managed,' and said the programs would benefit from 'a new way of doing business,' it praised the BTA and encouraged Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld to support the agency. "

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