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Info Agency Consolidates Mainframe Processing Sites

American Forces Press Service

ARLINGTON, Va., Dec. 9, 1997 – DoD will further consolidate mainframe data processing centers and streamline information services, Army Lt. Gen. David J. Kelley, director of the Defense Information Systems Agency announced Dec. 3.

The consolidation will help DISA exploit new technology, reduce customers' bills, taxpayers' costs and improve warfighters' use of information technology, Kelley said. The consolidation is an idea advanced by the Quadrennial Defense Review and Defense Reform Initiative published by DoD earlier this year.

Mainframe data processing currently done at 16 sites will consolidate in the defense "megacenters" in Columbus, Ohio; Mechanicsburg, Pa.; Ogden, Utah; Oklahoma City; and St. Louis. Defense Megacenter San Antonio was selected as Unisys legacy site. These centers support such things as payroll, logistics, personnel, health, supply and transportation.

Agency officials said they expect some downsizing to occur. Defense Megacenter Sacramento, Calif., will close, but as a 1995 Base Realignment and Closure Commission action.

The other nine megacenters losing mainframe duties are among 13 U.S. sites that will stay open and offer regional information technology support on a full-cost-recovery basis. The centers are in Bremerton, Wash.; Chambersburg, Pa.; Charleston, S.C.; Dayton, Ohio; Warner Robins, Ga.; Huntsville, Ala.; Jacksonville, Fla.; Montgomery, Ala.; Norfolk, Va.; Rock Island, Ill.; Indianapolis; San Diego; and Denver.

A team of agency and contract personnel used base closure and realignment criteria to evaluate each site. The evaluations were key elements in the decision making process.

Kelley called this additional consolidation "a logical next step based on experience gained from past BRAC decisions."

(From a Defense Information Systems Agency news release)

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