Federal IT’s fortunes unclear under new Senate and House leadership

Washington Technology offers great insight on how Tuesday’s election results may impact federal IT spending. The summary is:

  • In the Senate, Joe Lieberman will likely continue his support of e‑government initiatives, in his new role as chairman of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee
  • If Henry Waxman takes over from Tom Davis as chairman of the Government Reform Committee in the House, he may be more inclined to focus on policy than technology, and push for greater oversight of technology initiatives.
  • Only time will tell, of course, but I think Waxman’s representation of California can only be a good thing for federal IT prospects, just as Davis’s representation of Virginia (our local technology center) has been.