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GAO’s David Powner: Agencies Lack Data Center Inventories

DataCenterDavid Powner, director of information technology management at the Government Accountability Office, told a Senate panel Tuesday that a recent inventory uncovered 3,000 more data centers that had not been counted before, Federal Times reported Wednesday.

Nicole Blake Johnson writes Power told the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee said the estimated federal data center inventory now stands at at more than 6,000.

“We’re three years into the data center consolidation effort, and the government still does not know how many centers it has,” Powner said, according to the report.

The Office of Management and Budget aims to shutter 40 percent of non-core data centers across agencies by 2015 and expects to save $3 billion through the initiative.

Powner added the government could not determine the total number of closures under OMB’s revised goal.

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