As of last year, agencies within the federal government were required to make 95 percent of their IT purchases Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT) certified. How are they doing so far? According to Government Computer News, surprisingly well.
“Thirteen of the 22 Federal agencies reported meeting the goal of 95 percent or higher EPEAT purchasing in their 2008 IT acquisitions, with many others moving toward that rate of compliance,” said Dana Arnold, Acting Federal Environmental Executive. “This is particularly notable because the EPEAT requirements are new and being implemented along with security and other IT requirements,” Arnold said.
All told, those 13 agencies purchased a combined 500,000 EPEAT-rated PCs, laptops, and monitors. The Social Security Administration, for instance, procured 24,673 EPEAT Gold desktops and 290,623 EPEAT rated Dell desktops and monitors were leased by the Veterans Affairs Department.
It’s time for the other nine to step it up.
Source: Government Computer News