President Barack Obama announced today that the White House is planning to shut down hundreds of data centers by the end of 2012, including two locations in Idaho. The shutdowns are part of a White House goal to shutter 800 data centers by 2015, a move that is expected to save taxpayers more than $3 billion.
On today's list of 373 targeted centers are the Department of Interior Snake River Area Office in Boise (scheduled to shut down by the end of this year) and the Department of Justice Office in Pocatello (slated to be shut down in 2012).
"Duplication, waste and inefficiency are never acceptable," said Jeffrey Zients, federal chief performance officer. "But it is especially intolerable in these challenging budgetary times."