U.S. House to evaluate progress of federal data center consolidation

One of the main questions of an upcoming field hearing will be whether savings from data center consolidation actually exist yet.

Frank Kankel of FCW, a journal of federal technology business news, reports that the most recent progress of the Federal Data Center Consolidation Initiative (FDCCI) -- and the accountability of its oversight bodies -- will be the focus of an upcoming U.S. House of Representatives field hearing, scheduled for 2:30 p.m. on May 14 at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia.

Much of the information presented during the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee's Government Operations Subcommittee will stem from a Government Accountability Office (GAO) report that has not yet been released publicly, writes Kankel.

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FDCCI ultimately is supposed to close or consolidate 1,200 of some 2,900 identified data centers under the auspices of the Office of Management and Budget and a joint task force drawn from 24 different federal agencies. Thus far however, the reporting notes that it appears only the Department of Defense has publicly committed FDCCI numbers to paper, including $575 million in savings through data center consolidation.

"One of the main questions of the hearing will be whether savings from data center consolidation actually exist yet, according to an official with knowledge of the hearing -- and how much importance cost-savings should play as a metric," reports FCW's Kankel.

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