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Interior Department To Save $500M Consolidating IT

Staff reductions, data-center consolidation, and cutting back on office space are aspects of a five-year plan to streamline operations.

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The Department of Interior expects to save $500 million through a five-year plan to modernize and consolidate its IT operations.

The move will not come without some costs -- staff reductions are part of the plan, although the department will try to repurpose employees rather than cut their positions outright, it said.

The department also plans to cut back on the office space it rents and streamline administration. In terms of the latter, the department will name a single CIO instead of the multiple CIOs it has in place now.

The department does have one main CIO -- Bernard Mazer, who replaced Sanjeev Bhagowalia when he left the department in May to lead a new innovative technology office at the General Services Administration. However, different bureaus and offices within the Interior Department also have CIOs, making for management inefficiencies.

On the technology side, the department plans reductions in IT infrastructure and will realign the resources that remain for more efficiency and to provide better service to customers, it said. Specifically, it plans to consolidate the 210 data centers it now has to 115 by 2015.

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