The United States General Accounting Office (GAO) released a 124-page report noting that many agencies had failed to meet the timelines established by the Federal Data Consolidation Initiative. According to the report, "...while the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) required agencies to complete missing elements in their data center inventories and plans by the end of September 2011, only 3 agencies submitted complete inventories and only 1 agency submitted a complete plan.

Federal Data Consolidation Initiative

Figure 1 provides an assessment of the completeness of agencies’ inventories, by key element, and a discussion of the analysis of each element follows the figure. In addition, a detailed summary of each agency’s completion of key elements is provided in appendix II.

For example, in their inventories, 17 agencies do not provide full information on their information technology facilities and energy usage, and 8 provide only partial information on their servers. Further, in their consolidation plans, 13 agencies do not provide a full master program schedule and 21 agencies do not fully report their expected cost savings. Officials from several agencies reported that some of this information was unavailable at certain facilities or that the information was still being developed. 

According to the GAO, 24 agencies initially identified 2900 data centers and established plans to close almost 1200. This initiative was scheduled to save more $2.4 billion dollars,

Agencies involved in the effort reported many reasons for failing to complete forms. For example, 15 agencies have experienced trouble in determining their energy use; another nine agencies are struggling to obtain funding.

The complete report can be obtained by clicking here.

 

The United States General Accounting Office (GAO) released a 124-page report noting that many agencies had failed to meet the timelines established by the Federal Data Consolidation Initiative. According to the report, "...while the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) required agencies to complete missing elements in their data center inventories and plans by the end of September 2011, only 3 agencies submitted complete inventories and only 1 agency submitted a complete plan. For example, in their inventories, 17 agencies do not provide full information on their information technology facilities and energy usage, and 8 provide only partial information on their servers. Further, in their consolidation plans, 13 agencies do not provide a full master program schedule and 21 agencies do not fully report their expected cost savings. Officials from several agencies reported that some of this information was unavailable at certain facilities or that the information was still being developed. 

According to the GAO, 24 agencies initially identified 2900 data centers and established plans to close almost 1200. This initiative was scheduled to save more $2.4 billion dollars,

Agencies involved in the effort reported many reasons for failing to complete forms. For example, 15 agencies have experienced trouble in determining their energy use; another nine agencies are struggling to obtain funding.

The complete report can be obtained at http://gao.gov/products/GAO-12-742