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Government Data Center Consolidation Resources

Below you will find the original text of OMB Memos, Executive Orders and GAO Reports related to FDCCI. These federal government documents spell out exactly what's working and what isn't, and why reform is needed. They provide guidance on everything from how to consolidate data centers and increase energy to how to dispose of unneeded or outdated equipment and savings goals. They also detail the steps to make change happen.

These memos, executive orders and reports are critical documents, because they set expectations for federal agencies from the top down and provide accountability for agency progress.

PortfolioStat Implementation: IT Portfolio Management Process Maturity Assessment – June 21, 2013
This series of PDF documents from OMB, obtained as a result of a FOIA request by FierceGovernmentIT and offered on that news organization’s site, illustrate an apparent growing OMB interest in agency enterprise architectures, a method of documenting current technology environments and planning for future states, among other information.

GAO Report: Data Center Consolidation: Strengthened Oversight Needed to Achieve Billions of Dollars in Savings – May 14, 2013
GAO-13-627T, a new report released on May 14, 2013, offers several recommendations to address what it found to be several weaknesses in the oversight of the FDCCI, among them that the Federal CIO track and report on key performance metrics and extend the timeframe for achieving planned savings.

Making Open and Machine Readable the New Default for Government Information – May 9, 2013
This executive order, signed by President Obama on May 9, 2013, mandates that Federal agencies make their data available to the public and manage their data as an asset throughout its life cycle to promote interoperability and openness for easy release to, and access and use by the public, while also remaining secure and protecting the privacy of individuals.

Memorandum: Open Data Policy
This memorandum details the framework that will enable President Obama’s new executive order, along with the requirements and deadlines that Federal agencies must meet as they begin implementing the policy, such that they collect or create information in a way that supports downstream information processing and dissemination activities.

OMB Memo: Fiscal Year 2013 PortfolioStat Guidance: Strengthening Federal IT Portfolio Management – March 27, 2013
Released on March 27 by the White House, this memorandum builds upon the successes of PortfolioStat to date by highlighting lessons learned, integrating PortfolioStat and the Federal Data Center Consolidation Initiative (FDCCI), streamlining agency reporting requirements, and establishing guidance for the conduct of PortfolioStat sessions in FY2013.

GAO Report—July 2012
Data Center Consolidation: Agencies Making Progress on Efforts, but Inventories and Plans Need to Be Completed

GAO Report to Congress – May 31, 2012
Managing for Results: GAO’s Work Related to the Interim Crosscutting Priority Goals under the GPRA Modernization Act
Discusses GAO Recommendations on how to better deal with programs that are fragmented between agencies or carried out by multiple agencies, including the Federal Data Center Consolidation Initiative.

OMB Memo – March 19, 2012
Implementation Guidance for the Federal Data Center Consolidation lnitiative (FDCCI). This memorandum provides further implementation guidance, including updates and changes, with an updated schedule of deliverables under the FDCCI.

OMB Memo – July 20, 2011 This memo for Chief Information Officers (CIOs) revisits the purpose of the Federal Data Center Consolidation Initiative (FDCCI) and provides a schedule of deliverables. It also describes the roles of the Federal Data Center Consolidation Task Force, which ensures that best practices are being implemented.

GAO Report: Agencies Need to Complete Inventories and Plans to Achieve Expected Savings – July 2011
This report details the problems agencies are having in meeting data consolidation required goals and takes agencies to task for it. Download full report.

OMB Memo – October 1, 2010
Since the previous memo, eight months passed allowing agencies to collect and refine inventory of their data center by following two common definitions and a peer review process. To learn more about these common definitions, download here.

Presidential Memorandum: Disposing of Unneeded Federal Real Estate – June 10, 2010
This memo directs executive departments and agencies to quickly identify and eliminate excess properties and make better use of remaining property assets. It also reinforces the need to significantly reduce data centers within five years. Get details.

OMB Memo – February 26, 2010
This memo summarizes what the Federal Data Center Consolidation Initiative plan is and discusses items such as promoting the use of Green IT, hardware, software and operations cost reduction, IT security and moving to more efficient computing platforms.

Executive Order: Federal Leadership in Environmental, Energy, and Economic Performance – October 5, 2009
This Executive Order sets sustainability goals for federal agencies and focuses on making improvements in their environmental, energy and economic performance. Learn more.
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