"Despite its recognized energy conservation leadership role," Friedman's introductory memorandum reads, "the Department had not always taken advantage of opportunities to reduce energy consumption associated with its information technology resources."
How has the DOE neglected opportunities to lower its own energy use? Let us count the ways:
- The seven Federal and contractor sites included in our review had not fully reduced energy consumption through implementation of power management settings on their desktop and laptop computers; and as a consequence, spent $1.6 million more on energy costs than necessary in Fiscal Year 2008;
- None of the sites reviewed had taken advantage of opportunities to reduce energy consumption, enhance cyber security, and reduce costs available through the use of techniques, such as "thin-client computing" in their unclassified environments; and,
- Sites had not always taken the necessary steps to reduce energy consumption and resource usage of their data centers, such as amount of energy used at their facilities.
Here's a howler from the report: "We found that even though the Department's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy recently developed the Data Center Energy Profiler -- an automated tool designed to identify numerous energy-saving opportunities within data centers -- at a cost of $465,000, none of the sites reviewed had utilized this tool."
I'm not sure what's going on at the DOE's IT operations, but this is the same agency that got hacked nearly 200 times in fiscal 2004. Four years on, there's still ample room for improvement.
See the full report here.