Bill to Consolidate Federal Data Centers Clears Senate Committee; Mark Warner Comments

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DataCenterThe Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee passed a bill Wednesday mandating that agencies create an inventory of their data center assets, FCW reported Wednesday.

Adam Mazmanian writes the bill would require 24 agencies to report their plans under the federal data center consolidation initiative overseen by the Office of Management and Budget.

The Federal Data Center Consolidation Act also calls for agencies to submit cost saving estimates and progress reports to Congress on an annual basis, FCW reports.

The DATA Act is meant to “establish an open and accountable system for tracking every dollar spent by the federal government,” said Sen. Mark Warner.

Mazmanian writes the government expects to save billions of dollars by reducing the power consumption and real estate footprint of its data centers.

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