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The adage in government IT since the first computer has been “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” and this is especially true for the U.S. Federal government. The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a new report that looked at Federal government IT spending, noting that in fiscal year 2015 approximately 75% of the Federal IT budget was spent on operations and maintenance, up from approximately 55% of the Federal IT budget in 2010. But there is significant pressure on government IT managers not to update these systems. So what will push government to change? Two things, security and demand.


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