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More Good News In Federal IT from GSA (you will never see this on the front page of the Washington Post)


GSA quietly issued a press release that documents some very virtuous activity. They continue to make progress on the very hard task of data center consolidation and are helping save money, enhance agility and improve support to citizens while doing so.

Thanks GSA, keep up the good work.

From the press release:


GSA Closes Data Centers and Streamlines IT Organization to Boost Cost Savings, Improve Services

October 29, 2013

Washington, DC – The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) today announced that it has closed 37 data centers this fiscal year as part of the national Federal Data Center Consolidation Initiative (FDCCI), allowing the agency to avoid real estate costs and reduce energy consumption. Additionally, as part of Administrator Dan Tangherlini’s effort to cut costs, reduce redundancies and increase efficiencies at GSA, IT operations have been consolidated. This will also help eliminate redundancies and lead to improved services to our  federal agencies and the American people.


Data Center Consolidation

-Consolidating government data centers eliminates waste, increases sustainability by making more efficient use of energy and drives operational improvements.

-GSA planned and successfully accomplished an aggressive goal of closing 37 (32%) of its non-core data centers in FY13.

CIO Consolidation

-All IT offices and staff within GSA are now consolidated under the leadership of GSA CIO Casey Coleman. For example, instead of having several CIOs serving each individual Business Line, or having IT staff reporting into a different program office, those resources will now be located in a new GSA IT office under the GSA CIO. Having a centralized GSA IT office will improve access to technology services

-This consolidation will lead to service improvements and cost savings and enable GSA to realize business improvements by providing technology that helps simplify the user experience.

-IT contracts will also be under the GSA IT office, eliminating redundancies.


Casey Coleman, Chief Information Officer, General Services Administration
“Closing data centers are an important part of GSA’s efforts to shrink the federal footprint. GSA is driving efficiency and effectiveness by using practical solutions. Coupled with the agency’s new coordinated and more streamlined IT operations, using technology to do more with less when it comes to data centers, will make us a model of how to provide the kind of efficient, effective, and transparent service that the American people expect from their government.”




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Bob Gourley writes on enterprise IT. He is a founder of Crucial Point and publisher of CTOvision.com

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