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In order to capitalize on their powerful position in the IT market, federal government leaders must aggressively execute a strategic plan for technology innovation within their own agencies and externally to the citizens. Here’s why: The federal government budgets more than 70 billion dollars annually on IT. That’s 10 percent of the entire U.S. IT market, translating into employment for one million technology workers. As the largest buyer of IT in America, the government holds the future success of this critical segment of the economy in the balance. Likewise, how it uses IT will either advance or limit the success of government. To use its 70 billion dollar spending to accelerate the IT industry, the federal government must change its approach to planning, managing, and acquiring its IT systems and services. The federal government must take responsibility for creating a new, partnering relationship with its IT supplier base to encourage innovation and growth in the IT industry to ensure the U.S. maintains its global competitive advantage.