The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Nov. 6 approved by voice vote the Federal Data Center Consolidation Act of 2013 (S. 1611). The bill includes data security requirements.
The bill, introduced Oct. 30 by Sens. Michael Bennet (D-Co.), Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) and Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.), aims to further the Federal Data Center Consolidation Initiative (FDCCI) by helping agencies identify how many data centers they operate and develop consolidation plans as well as how to report details on moves to the use of cloud computing. It sets deadlines for 24 agencies to submit a comprehensive inventory of data centers to the Office of Management and Budget along with strategies for consolidation and estimated energy and other cost savings. The FDCCI set a goal of shuttering 1,200 of the federal government's 3,000 data centers by 2015, saving $3 billion. The bill would require agencies to ensure movement to cloud computing is consistent with the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP) cybersecurity standards and National Institute of Standards and Technology data security guidelines.
Bloomberg BNA | November 7, 2013 | Privacy & Security Law Report