USDA will move National Finance Center IT out of New Orleans

The Agriculture Department selected its Denver Financial Center as the new primary IT site for USDA's National Finance Center, which is headquartered in New Orleans.

NFC had recommended in early 2005 that it move its primary IT center from New Orleans because of hurricane risk. NFC is a federal center of excellence for payroll and human resource functions, providing paychecks and support services to about 585,000 federal employees. The plan has been that NFC would remotely manage its data center from New Orleans.

While the project team was completing the site requirements for the primary data center, Hurricane Katrina forced the evacuation of NFC and relocation of staff. The data center was moved to its short-term disaster recovery computer center at SunGard Systems Inc. near Philadelphia, where it has remained.

Cost, infrastructure, and employable technical talent influenced the selection of the Denver center, Agriculture said in a statement.

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Mary Mosquera is a reporter for Federal Computer Week.

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