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OMB, GSA to Collaborate on Govt-Wide Data Center Modernization Initiative

DataCenterThe Office of Management and Budget has partnered with the General Services Administration’s Office of Government-wide Policy to help agencies implement strategies to consolidate and modernize their data centers.

OGP will serve as managing partner to help carry out the OMB’s Data Center Optimization Initiative as part of the Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act implementation, Dominic Sale, deputy associate administrator for information, integrity and access at GSA, wrote in a blog entry posted Wednesday.

OMB launched the three-year initiative in early August in efforts to reduce the footprint of data centers.

Sale noted federal agencies are required to develop and report on strategies to optimize data center facilities and migrate to cloud services under the initiative.

He added the initiative’s goal is to encourage federal data centers to provide services to other agencies, help customer agencies choose services through an internal federal marketplace for data center services and retire physical infrastructure in compliance with the President Barack Obama’s fiscal 2017 budget plan.

OGP and OMB seek to help the government innovate more than 10,000 data centers run by federal agencies, according to Sale.

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