Federal Manager's Daily Report

OMB has said that the easiest part of the federal data center consolidation effort already has been finished—resulting in nearly $2 billion in savings and cost avoidances since 2016 and the closing of more than 200 tiered data centers and more than 3,000 non-tiered centers—and that “optimization will be the new priority.”

“After eight years of work in consolidating and closing federal data centers, OMB has seen diminishing returns from agencies resulting from their closures. Much of the “low-hanging” fruit of easily consolidated infrastructure has been picked, and to realize further efficiencies will require continued investment to address the more complex areas where savings is achievable,” it said in posting a proposed update to the initiative for public comment.

The update establishes consolidation and optimization targets and metrics for agencies, as well as requirements for reporting on their progress under the initiative, which the FITARA Enhancement Act of 2017 extended until October 1, 2020.

Key elements of the draft policy include that: agencies may not budget any funds or resources toward initiating a new data center or significantly expanding an existing data center without approval from OMB; agencies must continue to principally reduce application, system, and database inventories to essential enterprise levels while pursuing pooling of storage and other resources; and GSA will continue to maintain the cloud and data center optimization initiative program management office but OMB will no longer require GSA to establish and maintain a data center shared services marketplace.

Comments are being accepted through December 26 on the draft policy, which is at datacenters.cio.gov.