Recently, I led an enterprise-wide deployment and technical refresh of desktops, notebooks, monitors, printing and imaging equipment. As part of this effort, we improved our standard image security and configuration using the Federal Desktop Core Configuration (FDCC), which is a series of over 600 configuration settings to make desktop computing more secure. (PS: Boy is that a lot of fun.)
Due in part to this effort, I became increasingly aware of electronic stewardship (green IT), power management settings, duplex printing, etc. Basically, I’ve started to become a tree-hugger and strangely, proud of it. 😉
And subsequently, this led to our submission as an Agency Partner and Facility Partner into the Federal Electronics Challenge (FEC).
What is the Federal Electronics Challenge?
FEC is a partnership program that encourages federal facilities and agencies to:
Purchase greener electronic products.
Reduce impacts of electronic products during use.
Manage obsolete electronics in an environmentally safe way.
The FEC primarily targets common office electronic equipment such as desktop and laptop/portable computers, computer monitors, computer peripherals, televisions, printers, fax and copy machines, and mobile phones.
After the release of President Obama’s Executive Order 13514, Federal Leadership in Environmental, Energy and Electronic Performance [pdf], there are various requirements that can be met by meeting the FEC activities.
Nearly all Cabinet-level agencies are signed up with FEC, which began in 2003-2004, but very few non-Cabinet level and small agencies are enrolled. I hope that changes soon.
Currently, I’m working on our agency’s FEC baseline submission, annual report and award submission packages for electronic stewardship. The materials and support network from the EPA and OFEE is outstanding.
I bring this up because I believe that State and local education agencies and even corporations can use these materials to improve your organization’s electronic stewardship and bottom line.
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