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Supply chain diagram for IT and government climate planning

Note: This article was first published on FCW.com.

Federal agencies officially announce plans for climate adaptation and resilience this week following the White House Executive Order as part of a government-wide effort to improve climate readiness throughout important missions and programs. Did.

The plan aims to address some of the most critical risks of climate change, including vulnerabilities found in the information and communications technology supply chain, to unprotected physical infrastructure and utilities. ..

NS schedule Outline specific course of action to address current and future risks posed by climate change, partly leverage sourcing methods, rethink supply chain operations for more resilient systems and processes Build.

Below are some of the key ways some agencies plan to adapt their IT operations, protect critical data centers, and more as climate change threats become more and more of a concern.

General Procurement Bureau

The General Procurement Department does not own a tiered data center, but its plans include a transition to an energy-efficient shared service center with geographically dispersed ministries and agencies, and secure cloud computing. A wing solution was included.

The agency also uses energy-efficient power settings to source eco-labeled end-user computing and mobile devices such as Energy Star and EPEAT that allow buyers to see the environmental impact of their products. Mentioned.

GSA said in a request for proposal for Enterprise Infrastructure Solutions (EIS) that it had already implemented climate risk management requirements in 2015: “This risk management is achievable with the resources and budget of existing institutions. I added.

However, GSA plan He said a “significant system modernization upgrade” would be needed to better assess changing climatic conditions and their impact on fixed investment and wealth management.

Department of Homeland Security

The Department of Land Security’s plans include efforts to make information and communication technology (ICT) infrastructure more resilient within the facility while addressing a wide range of vulnerabilities in critical infrastructure across the country. It was.

The agency plans to evaluate its own significant ICT assets to ensure that the electricity supply is safe and resilient, while locating distributed energy resources. DHS also said, “We will create new development standards for cyber-secure energy management and control systems and identify locations for distributed energy resources.”

Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mallorcas Contains the statement In his agency’s plans to address the negative impact of climate change on worker health, he “ensures that DHS identifies and mitigates climate change associated with our homeland. To that end, he said he had set up a climate change action group featuring senior officials within the department.

Environmental Protection Agency

The Environmental Protection Agency said it would establish a new central repository of climate adaptation tools in collaboration with inter-ministerial partners to ensure access to relevant data and resources.

The repository contains sections on “Lessons Learned”. EPA plan He said it could be applied to federal, state, tribal, territorial and other local government partners and offices.

The EPA has noted common responsibilities with other federal agencies, state and local governments in improving resilience and implementing climate adaptation initiatives. The agency said it would continue to support its partners “by creating and providing the training, tools, technical support, data and information needed to adapt and improve resilience to climate change.”

Pentagon

The Pentagon said it is using a recently created climate change assessment tool to assess threats such as rising sea levels and extreme water levels at specific locations where the facility is based. For example, the department launched the DOD Regional Sea Level Tool last October to help department planners better understand and manage climate-related risks.

To build a more data-driven operational environment centered on current and future climate risks DOD plan The division said it will implement new sensing and data analytics on its enterprise analytics platform, Advana.

The plan states: “We need to continually monitor and update our climate data sources to account for operational impacts to account for climate change and the rapid rate of its impacts.”

Department of Energy

The Department of Energy also noted the ongoing impact of climate change on facilities and infrastructure, and “major refurbishment” within the Idaho National Laboratory’s laboratory to address the recent droughts and rising temperatures. Said that the HVAC control system was modernized.

NS DOE plan The National Institute of Energy Technology also said it would conduct an assessment to determine what climate technology could be introduced within the facility.

Personnel management room

The Human Resources Department said it has begun improving operational efficiency in terms of climate change and resilience at its data center in Georgia, its headquarters in Washington, DC, and its training center in Virginia. The Secretariat said that most of its initiative is to reduce overall carbon dioxide emissions while reducing energy and water consumption at national facilities.

NS OPM plan He noted that the proliferation of telework throughout the COVID-19 pandemic is a unique opportunity to assist government agencies in creating new flexibility for workers on climate adaptation and resilience.

The plan shows how increased telework has helped reduce commuting-based carbon emissions for federal employees, adding: This is to ensure that operations continue in the event of an acute weather event or other future disruption that impedes access to the workplace. “

About the author

Chris Riotta is an FCW staff writer responsible for government procurement and technology policy. Chris joined FCW after three years of independent US politics. He holds a master’s degree from the College of Journalism at the University of Columbia and chaired the class in 2021.

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