Senate Bill Seeks to Extend Federal Data Center Consolidation Program

A bipartisan group of senators has introduced a bill that proposes a two-year extension on Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act provisions related to agencies’ data center consolidation efforts, FCW reported Thursday.

Enacted in December 2014, FITARA mandates agencies to report their progress on initiatives to consolidate and modernize data centers, migrate to cloud computing platforms and expand use of shared services.

Sens. Steve Daines (R-Montana), Jerry Moran (R-Kansas), Tom Udall (D-New Mexico) and Mark Warner (D-Virginia) proposed the extension.

The Government Accountability Office also recommended that Congress consider extending FITARA’s data center consolidation and modernization provisions to give agencies more time to address performance and cost-saving targets established by the Office of Management and Budget.

GAO issued the recommendation after it found that 22 out of 24 agencies mandated to participate in OMB’s Data Center Optimization Initiative face challenges in meeting optimization metrics for fiscal 2018.

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