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Five Lawmakers Seek to Move DOE Data Center Consolidation Project Forward

DataCenterA group of five lawmakers want to end the impasse over approval of a $70 million data consolidation project between the Energy Department and Lockheed Martin, FCW reported Monday.

Frank Konkel writes the Office of Management and Budget put the federal energy savings contract on hold without specifying a reason for the delay.

In a letter dated July 10, the lawmakers ask OMB Director Sylvia Burwell and Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz to clarify their positions on the project.

Reps. Peter Welch (D-Vt.), Gerry Connolly (D-Va.), and Anna Eshoo (D-Calif.); and Sens. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Al Franken (D-Minn.) signed the letter, according to FCW.

The delay is preventing agencies from using similar types of contracts to optimize data center operations, the letter says.

Konkel reports the General Services Administration, Navy, NASA and Transportation Department are in the process of either selecting an energy savings company or issuing notices of contracting opportunities for energy projects.

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