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FCW Insider: Consolidation blues

This missive comes to us from Anne Armstrong, the president of the 1105 Government Information Group, FCW's parent organization:

We have been hearing for several years now about the struggles at
the Department of Homeland Security to get to one e-mail system and
try and get the 22 agencies together in one location.

Geography does matter. The long-range plans call for moving a good
portion of the agency to the campus in Northwest Washington formerly
occupied by St. Elizabeth’s mental hospital. I can’t even imagine how
long it is going to take to outlive the jokes that will spawn.

However, apparently forces inside the agency think it will take awhile
to materialize. "Washington Business Journal" reports this week that
a customs related DHS agency has taken a 10-year lease for
space in a building on K street. The paper then reported that
as of July DHS occupied 70 buildings in 40 locations across the region.

Holy cow. No wonder they have problems integrating people and systems.
That’s just in the D.C. area.

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Posted by Anne Armstrong on Sep 12, 2008 at 12:17 PM


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