U.S. federal government IT expenditure 2011-2021, by significance

The statistic depicts the level of federal government expenditure on information technology (IT) from the 2011 fiscal year to the 2021 fiscal year, by investment significance. For the 2021 fiscal year, the U.S. federal government has budgeted 23.9 billion U.S. dollars for major federal IT investments.

Federal government information technology (IT) expenditure in the United States from FY 2011 to FY 2021, by significance

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Release date

February 2020


United States

Survey time period

FY 2011 to 2019

Supplementary notes

*Estimate / ** Requested

The U.S. federal fiscal year runs from 1 October to 30 September the following year.

The totals do not include classified IT spending or the IT Modernization Fund. The amount of spending in "major" investments is significant because those investments are required to submit Business Cases, which provide additional transparency into the cost, schedule and performance data related to its spending.

A major IT investment ("major") is an investment that:

  • requires special management attention because of its importance to the mission or function of the agency, a component of the agency requires special management attention because of its importance to the mission or function to the government;
  • has significant program or policy implications;
  • has high executive visibility;
  • has high development, operating, or maintenance costs;
  • has unusual funding mechanism; or
  • is defined as major by the agency’s capital planning and investment control process.

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