On February 10, 2020, President Donald J. Trump sent Congress a proposed Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 budget. This blog summarizes the proposed budgets for GMP’s biggest government customers, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the Department of Defense (DoD).
The VA has a proposed $243.3 billion budget for FY 2021. The 10.2% increase from FY 2020 will allow VA’s continued commitment to providing Veterans with high-quality health care and timely access to benefits and services.
“The budget request will ensure Veterans and their families experience health improvements and technological modernization advancements,” said VA Secretary Robert Wilkie. “That’s evidenced by the increase in budget funds we’re receiving — that not only increase health care services and benefits to Veterans — but allow VA to lead the way in forward-thinking innovation.”
The FY 2021 VA budget includes $109.5 billion (an increase of $13.5 billion or 14.1% above 2020) in discretionary funding and resources for health care, among others.
The DoD has a proposed $705.4 billion budget for FY 2021. The small growth of 0.1% from FY 2020 forced the Department to make numerous hard choices to ensure that resources are directed toward the Department’s highest priorities.
The DoD’s proposed budget includes $9.8 billion for the Cyberspace Domain, which includes cybersecurity, technology, AI and Cloud infrastructure.
To learn more about the FY 2021 budget requests of the VA and DoD, click below to read their press releases.