IT-acquisition reform remains an area of ongoing concern for Federal agencies and government contractors.
Indeed, as we previously discussed, the GAO has added IT Acquisitions and Operations to its bi-annual list of programs it identifies as posing a high risk for fraud, waste, abuse, and mismanagement. Strengthened by Congress’ passage in December 2014 of the Federal IT Acquisition Reform Act (“FITARA”), OMB has implemented several initiatives to reduce redundancy, improve efficiencies, and lower costs with respect to the government’s procurement and management of IT resources.
However, a recent Department of Defense (“DoD”) Inspector General (“IG”) audit report analyzing one of these initiatives—the Federal Data Center Consolidation Initiative (“FDCCI”) —highlights the ongoing struggle that Federal agencies face when seeking to execute IT reform. Through the FDCCI, OMB set a goal of closing 40 percent of Federal data centers by the end of FY 2015 in order to reduce Federal agencies’ energy and real estate footprints and to achieve cost savings by streamlining data management systems.