By Lauren Larson Federal News Radio The Defense Information Systems Agency took two big steps toward consolidation of information technology infrastructure before the government shutdown in October. Data centers in Dayton, Ohio, and Chambersburg, Pa., were closed on the first of the month. Functions at those centers were moved to other Defense Enterprise Computing Centers (DECCs). DISA is the sole provider of Core Data Centers for the Department of Defense as it moves into compliance with the Office of Management and Budget’s Federal Data Center Consolidation (FDCC) initiative. These centers will in turn be the foundation for the Joint Information Environment that will provide enterprise services and information-sharing across the department. By drastically reducing the information technology infrastructure and consolidating to the DECCs, the Defense Department expects to realize significant savings while ensuring comprehensive access to a range of enterprise services. By providing one common platform, DISA expects to bring enhanced operational effectiveness and increased collaboration within the department. The DECCs are staffed 24 hours a day. Service desk personnel focus on the customer through direct human interaction and strive to resolve problems on the first call. Technicians perform maintenance around the clock to ensure that end-users have uninterrupted access at all times. As the centers converge and infrastructure is reduced, the reliability of these centers will be tested. Security must be top- notch and they cannot afford to lose power. The closures affected approximately 30 civilian employees. Some were reassigned to new positions within the department, others chose to retire.