The U.S. government is actively pursuing a major shift in information technology operations that emphasizes the use of cloud technology. While this effort eventually may reduce the amount of "on-site" electronic equipment used by federal agencies, other forces are at work that will keep the government's demand for electronic devices and components at a high level. Throughout the federal government, agencies are shifting to using more portable devices such as laptops, cellphones, netbooks and tablets.
In addition to meeting functional standards and requirements for such equipment, the U.S. government has added another element to its procurement regimen: All purchases of electronic equipment must meet an expanded set of environmentally acceptable goals.
The Obama administration released its National Strategy for Electronics Stewardship on July 20 in a joint announcement from the Council on Environmental Quality, the Environmental Protection Agency and the General Services Administration. The program is aimed at the design, purchasing, management and recycling of electronic equipment.
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