HSD working on plan for consolidated infrastructure

The Department of Homeland Security plans to consolidate its infrastructure starting in fiscal 2004.

Laura Callahan, the department's deputy CIO, said the agency is in the beginning stages of writing a business case to implement and fund a project that will merge its LAN, WAN, data centers and telecommunications.

Agencies must submit IT project business cases to the Office of Management and Budget by Sept. 8 to be included in the fiscal 2004 budget request.

'We don't know what level of consolidation it will be, but it has to meet our business needs and be an economical approach,' Callahan said. 'A lot of work needs to occur and it will over time, but we don't know exactly when.'

Callahan said the consolidation effort also will affect hardware and software. Homeland Security will use the SmartBuy enterprise software licensing program that the General Services Administration is developing.

'We have to figure out how it affect our current desktop processes,' Callahan said. 'We want to continue to use what we already have and make decisions on how to improve service delivery and manage our risk.'

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