Defense Department Deputy Secretary Robert Work has approved a memo to consolidate the Pentagon’s redundant information technology infrastructure, Federal News Radio reported Monday.
Jason Miller writes Work initiated the overhaul after the DoD deputy chief management officer and chief information officer reviewed IT costs across the agency.
The Joint IT Single Service Provider-Pentagon would combine the Army IT Agency, the Office of the Secretary of Defense’s Enterprise Information Technology Service Division and other IT service providers, according to the report.
“This review has challenged many of our organizational and institutional interests, but it is essential that we undertake this IT transition aimed at achieving significant savings to preserve our war-fighting capabilities,” Work said in the memo.
The Pentagon will begin to consolidate technical, contractual and organizational activities; computer network defense; service help desk and video-teleconferencing, Miller reports.
Lt. Col. Valerie Henderson, DoD spokeswoman, told the station that the Pentagon expects the move into a shared service model to help save costs on labor and infrastructure.
“Manpower adjustments will take place as appropriate to maintain the most efficient expertise to meet the SSP’s mission and will be in line with all human resources processes and guidance,” Henderson told Federal News Radio.