A government watchdog agency told HHS, three other Cabinet departments and two agencies that when it comes to executive orders to implement more environmentally friendly information technology policies, you can't improve what you can't measure.
GAO report looks at green IT
The General Accountability Office, in a 31-page report, said the six government entities, in response to presidential orders on green IT in 2007 and 2009, “have developed sustainability performance plans and taken additional steps” to implement those orders, including increased purchasing of energy-efficient IT equipment and developing environmentally sound policies for disposal of electronic equipment.
But the effectiveness of their green IT programs “cannot be measured” because the government entities have not set starting baselines or even “identified the information needed to measure the progress or results of their efforts.”
The GAO said part of the problem rests with two White House agencies, the Office of Management and Budget and the Council on Environmental Quality, which “have not developed specific guidance on establishing performance measures for green IT efforts.”
“Without such guidance,” the GAO said, “the effectiveness of these efforts and their contribution to overall federal sustainability goals will remain unclear.”
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