DISA consolidation will cut 1,200 jobs

The Defense Information Systems Agency has announced a plan to consolidate its Computing Services Directorate over the next 30 months, which may result in the loss of up to 1,200 jobs.

Computing Services, responsible for combat support data processing, currently operates six mainframe processing sites running IBM OS/390 and Unisys systems. The consolidation would reduce the number to four sites, DISA officials said in a press announcement last week. The directorate employs 2,300.

DISA will also consolidate its system management functions into four locations, according to Robert Bryant, an agency spokesman. Concurrently, the agency is setting up data mirroring and replication centers at separate sites to prevent catastrophic loss of data and to minimize the risks of data center consolidation, Bryant said.

The work is being done 'in conjunction with implementation of data mirroring and replication at geographically separate locations to protect against the catastrophic loss of a processing facility and to mitigate the risks inherent in data center consolidation,' Bryant said.

Ten years ago, DISA had 194 mainframe data centers. DISA consolidated the workload of the smaller sites into 16 large megacenters. Mainframe work at those 16 sites was later consolidated to six facilities.

The site consolidation will be completed by September 2005, and affected employees will be removed from DISA payrolls by January 2006, Bryant said.

DISA officials plan to use voluntary early retirement, voluntary separation incentive pay, registration in the Defense priority placement program and other transition assistance programs to ease the effects of the consolidation effort on the work force, according to Air Force Lt. Gen. Harry D. Raduege, Jr., DISA's director.

(Updated March 18, 2003 7:45 a.m.)

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