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The Office of Management and Budget has pushed agencies to consolidate data centers and use existing centers more efficiently. The Government Accountability Office finds OMB can do more to track how it is measuring server use.

  • David Hinchman, Acting Director of Information Technology and Cybersecurity Issues at GAO, said this year’s report suggests overall good news, with agencies closing over 100 data centers, most agencies meeting their closure goals and about $830 million in savings.
  • Hinchman said one concern GAO has is the exclusion of about 4,500 data centers from agency inventory due to a change in the definition of data centers in 2019 by OMB; Hinchman said these facilities are potential points of cybersecurity vulnerability and should continue to be tracked.
  • Implementation of metrics is the greatest area of improvement agencies can make going forward to be able to run their facilities more efficiently, according to Hinchman.
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