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Venable partner Jamie Barnett was quoted in a February 10, 2016 Communications Daily article on President Obama's proposed budget calling for an additional $19 billion in cybersecurity funding. The increased funding would be used to update antiquated computer systems, the appointment of a chief information security officer, and putting the government on more equal footing with private companies. The proposed budget also sets aside $3.1 billion for the creation of an Information Technology Modernization fund to help agencies retire and upgrade older systems.

"The President's cybersecurity budget proposal is a recognition that the federal government's IT systems are a conglomeration of systems and software acquired over years and decades, supplied by the lowest bidder, and knit and patched together by dedicated professionals doing the best that they can," said Barnett.