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In November 2009, the President issued Executive Order 13514, which mandated that federal agencies cut their greenhouse gas emissions and energy/water use. One of the most effective means for reducing energy use is through facilities rationalization. The Technology CEO Council’s experience in call center consolidation suggests that organizations can reduce IT-related energy costs by 25 percent.

The federal government operated more than 1,100 data centers as of Fall 2009 (up from 432 in 1998), covering more than 7.9 million square feet and consuming more than 10 billion kilowatt-hours of energy each year. More broadly, the federal government uses 3.1 billion square feet of total office space. The implementation of new building management technologies can reduce its energy consumption. Advanced fleet management systems can reduce the size of the PC fleet and also reduce federal energy consumption by 10 to 20 percent. The aggressive adoption of voice, video, document sharing and collaboration tools can reduce travel-related expenses by 10 to 20 percent.

Cost savings estimate: $20 billion over the next 10 years.

According to the Technology CEO Council, America’s growing national debt is undermining our global competitiveness. How we choose to confront and address this challenge will determine our future environment for growth and innovation. They suggest that by adopting commercially proven best practices to maximize operational productivity, the government can save over $1 trillion by 2020, while enhancing the services it provides citizens and laying a foundation for future innovation and growth.

This slideshow offers their list of seven specific initiatives where technology-enabled productivity solutions can make a material difference.

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