From NextGov: The Pentagon has pushed back a Jan. 15 deadline for military services and federal agencies to report on congressionally mandated strategies for downsizing computer rooms, a Defense Information Systems Agency official said. A provision in the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act, enacted two weeks ago, had ordered Defense Department components to develop plans by that date as part of a recommended Defense-wide shift to commercial cloud services.

The mandatory rethinking could upend ongoing efforts to save $680 million annually by providing information technology services through DISA clouds.

Defense Department Chief Information Officer Teri Takai intends to instruct military agencies on how to comply with Congress' request within the next few weeks, Tony Montemarano, DISA director for strategic planning and information, told Nextgov. The legislation requires Takai by April 1 to submit to Congress a departmentwide approach for reducing the equipment, utilities and personnel supporting military server farms. Click here for more.