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PSC Outlines Recommendations for Proposed Update to Data Center Optimization Initiative

The Professional Services Council has sent to the Office of Management and Budget its recommendations for the agency's proposed update to the Data Center Optimization Initiative.

In a Dec. 26 letter to Federal Chief Information Officer Suzette Kent, PSC listed 20 recommendations such as including a vision statement to establish the DCOI policy’s purpose and aligning the policy with the 2017 Federal IT Modernization Report.

“The goal of updating DCOI should be to help achieve the vision of a high-performance government described in the President's Management Agenda and the White House Report to the President on IT Modernization,” Alan Chvotkin, executive vice president and counsel at PSC, wrote in the letter.

The updated DCOI “should be a bold initiative to support digital transformation across the federal government,” Chvotkin added.

The council called on OMB to clarify that the federal government still prioritizes data center consolidation and migration to cloud as well as direct agencies to assess the consolidation effort in alignment with the Cloud Smart strategy.

PSC outlined its recommendations in sections such as classification of data centers; closures and cost savings; automated infrastructure management; performance metrics; clarification on the prioritization of concerns; and reporting.

OMB requested comments on the draft update to DCOI in November 2018.
 

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