U.S. Department of Transportation
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)

The OMB Federal Data Center Consolidation Initiative (FDCCI) Memo was released in February 2010. Significant progress towards OMB’s goal of closing 40% of existing data centers has not been achieved over the past 3 years, at least partially because of the large inherent risks associated with moving critical IT infrastructure. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration took an incremental approach to mitigating some of these risks through long term plans.

However, facing a short term lease expiration and a need to address technical architecture, networking and storage limitation issues with the existing IT infrastructure, the NHTSA OCIO determined that Data Center Consolidation was necessary to continue to support their safety mission.

Why This Matters To You

The NHTSA OCIO ensures that the agency’s mission-focused divisions have the information technology infrastructure needed to assess and improve the safety of vehicles and prevent traffic injuries on America’s highways.

NHTSA’s ability to identify serious safety defects quickly and influ- ence vehicle recalls depends largely on resources that process data into useable information and identify possible defects. It is critical that NHTSA systems and websites are available to the general public 100% of the time in order to provide vital highway safety information and receive citizen input.

It is also NHTSA’s responsibility to provide real-time vehicle safety in- formation to consumers from sites such as SaferCar.gov, allowing the general public to readily search its 5-Star Safety Ratings for vehicles by make and model, locate car seat installation help, file a vehicle safety complaint, find recall information and subscribe to automatic notices about vehicle recalls.

A stable and robust IT infrastructure is critical to provided highway and vehicle safety services to the public.

How We Helped

In order to develop the strategy and plans for this data center consolidation, Phase One convened a NHTSA FDCCI and Cloud Working Group to establish a governance structure for the project. The Team conducted in-depth research to support the move, including hardware, cloud and other federal vendors.

Based on this research, the Team developed target-state hosting scenarios as options for the move. The FDCCI Working Group selected the most appropriate target hosting scenario, which led to a comprehensive communications campaign with the NHTSA Investment Review Board, Business System Owners, Project Managers and user groups

In addition, the Phase One Team was given responsibility for coordinating and documenting all required move activities with NHTSA OCIO, DOT, and specialized move contractors. This included reliminarydry-run simulations of all physical and technical move activities, and walk-throughs of the current and new data centers with all involved parties.

As a result of our efforts, NHTSA production applications were successfully moved to a new DOT data center over the course of a weekend, further reducing NHTSA’s IT hardware footprint.