In this week’s roundup we take a look at the FBI’s requirements for IT in its new consolidated headquarters. We’re also continuing our focus on data center consolidation, and finding out who’s on the list of Women in Tech leaders. You can find out answers to this question and more in this week’s federal news roundup.
Who’s on the List?
Last week, FedScoop released its annual list honoring D.C.’s Top 50 Women in Technology for 2016. The list is an “elite cadre of women transforming how the government uses technology.” While there are some honorees from the private sector, the majority of the female leaders are from government agencies, demonstrating a clear commitment to redressing the gender inequality in IT. You can read the inspirational bios of tech leaders like 18F’s Hillary Hartley and the Department of Veteran Affairs LaVerne Council here. You can also find out why we put Council on our list of CIOs to watch here.
FBI Issues RFI for IT at New Consolidated Headquarters
With a decision about the location of the FBI’s new headquarters in the works and a plan to break ground on the project in early 2017, the agency is starting the process of finding an IT partner. The FBI is looking for a “business partner” with a broad-range of in-house capabilities in IT design and execution in everything from data center design and construction to CATV solutions and VOIP networks. This sounds like a tall order, but an exciting opportunity to build a modern IT infrastructure from scratch.
Department of Defense Needs a Boost in Data Center Consolidation Efforts
As we noted in last week’s roundup, data center consolidation has returned to agency IT agendas. What we also know from the renewed interest is that only four agencies are currently making a real dent in the number of data centers they’re operating. Despite being one of the four agencies closing data centers, the Department of Defense (DoD) is still behind on its closure plan. A recent article in Fierce Government IT noted that a significant factor in this slippage is that the “DoD did not revise its strategy for meeting…data center consolidation requirements” after the Office of Management and Budget “changed it’s definition of a data center…to account for smaller data centers.” Interested in learning more about tips for data center consolidation, you can find some helpful information here.