NSA denies power arcing problems

The NSA has denied allegations that its new “spy on everyone” data centre is being plagued with power problems.

Last week there were rumours that the Utah Data Centre was being damaged by power arcing and would not be online in time.

The National Security Agency responded saying that reports of damage were overblown.

However many of the details came from an unreleased report from the Army Corps of Engineers, summaries of which appeared in the Wall Street Journal so it is a little harder to discount.

Still that has not stopped Harvey Davis, NSA director for installations and logistics having a crack at denying it.

He claimed in a letter to Congress, published by Slashdot,  that the electrical problems are far less severe and the damage much more contained than media reports indicated.

Arc flashes were discovered during testing of the electrical and generator-backup systems, but the problems were isolated to circuit-breaker and failsafe systems.

“No NSA mission systems were damaged, nor were any additional costs incurred by the government,” Harvey’s letter as saying.

Contractors have doubled their warranty from five years to 10, cached replacement breakers at the facility and agreed to provide three years of quick-response service, Harvey wrote. We guess that is in case that they haven’t fixed it

He said that the Wall Street Journal story was based on a draft version of the Corps’ evaluation of the facility, he said. Although we would have thought that even if it were a draft, the site would still have a few problems, even if a report into the matter had a few spell checking problems and a couple of split infinitives.

Harvey’s letter to Congress added that the problems will be fully resolved, mission systems will be installed on schedule, and the project will remain within budget.