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February 7, 2016

VoIP Deployment by Energy Department Could’ve Been Better, Report Says

An audit recently released by the Energy Department’s inspector general on the department’s efforts to deploy Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) telephone networks states that the department deployed “separate, potentially duplicative” systems. And it gives a couple of pretty detailed and interesting accounts of situations it came across.

For example, it looked at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) and the Hanford Site, which are in the same geographic area (southeast Washington state) and before 2007, certain PNNL buildings were on Hanford’s telephone system, according to the report.

Here’s what the report had to say about what happened in this case:

According to Hanford officials, when the site was planning its VoIP deployment, it invited PNNL to join; however, officials stated that PNNL declined. PNNL officials commented that, subsequent to 2007, the site decided to implement its own VoIP network because it believed that moving to its own system permitted process improvements that better achieved objectives related to functional capacity, security, reliability and operational cost requirements. However, much, if not all, of what PNNL hoped to achieve could have been accomplished by consolidating its needs with the Hanford and implementing a joint VoIP network, thus avoiding duplicative efforts.

The report goes on to state:

The Hanford system was able to support approximately 22,000 lines of service – only about half of which were being used. The PNNL VoIP system was estimated to provide up to 7,000 lines of service. Proposed funding for the new PNNL network totaled approximately $2.8 million, while the Hanford VoIP initiative was completed at just under $7 million. Office of Environmental Management officials noted that the capacity of the Hanford VoIP network was designed for future growth to accommodate other Office of Environmental Management sites.

“While we agree with management’s statement, we continue to maintain that additional capacity could have been used to meet PNNL’s needs had the sites better coordinated,” the report goes on to state.

  • Yonatan YONATAN

    The Republican Party has failed the American people, especially the three million unemployed families who are STILL without an unemployment extension of benefits since late last December. While they fought in the senate for their bosses the Koch Brothers pipeline bill, they flatly refused to help the unemployed families needing an extension of benefits. These families over the past six months have fallen deeper and deeper into financial ruin and poverty. Many for whom may never get out. It seems when it comes to Foreign aid and to sending our sons and daughters to war, they can all agree on unanimously, but helping the unemployed, and poor, and disadvantaged, they refuse to help. Now both the Republicans & Democrats have seemingly walked away from the issue, leaving these desperate families to continue struggling on their own. Where is the so called “family values” that the republicans like to claim to represent? They have no “values” or common decency or compassion. They all need to be voted from office in this coming elections.

    • mokyfellow

      Yonatan, from your comment is seems rather clear to me that you are a “Obama Disciple”. The Federal Government is in no position to provide unemployment benefits, especially since there are many jobs that are going unfilled. Granted, these are not $25 per hour jobs, but they pay enought for most people to get by on. We all can live on a lower but an ample life style.

  • Softie

    Whereas liberty offers freedom for all, collectivism offers freedom only for those who are self-proclaimed to be “the good and the wise”.

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