Data Center Optimization: Agencies Continue to Report Mixed Progress Against OMB's Targets, Report to Congressional Committees   [open pdf - 4MB]

From the Highlights: "In December 2014, Congress enacted federal IT [Information Technology] acquisition reform legislation known as FITARA [Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform], which included provisions related to ongoing federal data center consolidation efforts. The high cost and low utilization led OMB [Office of Management and Budget] to establish a coordinated, governmentwide effort to improve the efficiency, performance, and environmental footprint of federal data center activities. OMB's Federal Chief Information Officer launched DCOI [Data Center Optimization Initiative] to build on prior efforts by requiring, among other things, that agencies consolidate inefficient infrastructure, optimize existing facilities, and transition to more efficient infrastructure, such as cloud services. Congress included a provision in FITARA for GAO [Government Accountability Office] to annually review agencies' data center inventories and strategies. This report addresses (1) agencies' progress on data center closures and the related savings that have been achieved, and agencies' plans for future closures and savings; and (2) agencies' progress against OMB's data center optimization targets. GAO reviewed the 24 DCOI agencies data center inventories as of June and August 2021, including their reported cost savings documentation and data center optimization strategic plans, and interviewed relevant agency officials[.] [...] GAO reiterates that agencies need to address the 25 recommendations previously made to them that have not yet been implemented. Of the 24 DCOI agencies and OMB, six agreed with the information presented in the report, eight neither agreed nor disagreed, and 11 had no comments."

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