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GAO: Agencies Should Establish Data Center Cost Savings Plan to Meet Optimization Goals

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DataCenterThe Government Accountability Office has called on 10 agencies to establish their planned cost savings goals through data center closures and urged 22 agencies to boost performance in data center optimization.

Those 10 agencies reported cost savings without having developed their savings and avoidance targets for fiscal years 2016 through 2018 due to various challenges in evaluating their data center consolidation strategies, GAO said Thursday.

The agency added the 22 agencies did not meet the optimizations targets of the Office of Management and Budget.

According to the GAO report, 19 of the 24 agencies that took part in the Federal Data Center Consolidation Initiative reported approximately $2.8 billion in cost savings from fiscal years 2011 to 2015.

Twenty-one agencies also posted $8.2 billion in total cost savings and avoidances from 2011 through 2019.

“Until agencies address their challenges and complete savings goals, the $8.2 billion in total savings may be understated and agencies will not be able to satisfy provisions of a recently enacted information technology acquisition reform law,” GAO said.


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