Posted By Rich Miller On February 20, 2009 @ 7:57 am In Government | 1 Comment
The Obama administration’s economic stimulus package includes approximately $3.4 billion in spending for IT projects, including heavy investment in electronic health records and infrastructure upgrades for the departments of Homeland Security, State, Veterans Affairs, and Health and Human Services.
The stimulus plan includes $50 million earmarked for Department of Energy research into energy efficiency and renewable energy in IT and communications. The appropriation for the Office of Efficiency and Renewable Energy  (EERE) is part of $16.8 billion in funding the DOE received in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, which President Obama signed into law on Tuesday.
The EERE funding is among the most direct benefits for the data center industry, along with $500 million earmarked for a new data center for the Social Security Administration . But the 400-page stimulus package dedicates an additional $2.8 billion to a broad range of investments in IT equipment, infrastructure and security.
The stimulus is good news for universities and national labs that are examining data center power usage and potential applications of renewable energy in the sector. The energy issues in the IT and telecom industries are broad, but the enormous power usage of data centers is likely to make these facilities a key focus of the EERE research agenda. The Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) has been a leader in data center energy efficiency research, including the 2007 study on the industry’s power consumption. The new DOE Secretary of Energy is Prof. Steven Chu, a Nobel Price winning physicist and former director of the LBNL.
The largest portion of the IT investment in the stimulus package targets the modernization of health records and migrating doctors’ offices and hospitals to electronic health records. This includes:
There is also funding set aside to improve the IT infrastructure and security of specific departments of the federal and state governments. Here’s the rundown:
The bottom line: the stimulus will create plenty of opportunity for IT equipment vendors, service providers and systems integrators in the next several years.
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 Office of Efficiency and Renewable Energy: http://apps1.eere.energy.gov/news/daily.cfm/hp_news_id=156
 data center for the Social Security Administration: http://www.datacenterknowledge.com/archives/2009/02/19/stimulus-funding-drives-750m-fed-data-center/
 Rich Miller: http://www.datacenterknowledge.com/archives/author/richm/
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