The Energy Department could save $2 million a year by better managing its information technology hardware, according to the agency’s inspector general.
One of the problems uncovered by the watchdog is a wide variation in the prices the department pays for the same technology across and even within agencies.
The Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, for instance, paid 42 different prices — between about $900 and over $2,000 — for the same desktop model in 2012, the IG found. The machines did, however, have varying configurations.
Since previous audits, the department has to some extent tried to standardize equipment buys, but IT purchasing remains problematic.
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