RE: Why the US Government has so many data centers

The U.S. government definition of data center is a bit like defining
a warehouse as any room containing a single ream of paper. Yes,
warehouses are used to store reams of paper; but that doesn't make
every place containing a ream of paper a warehouse.

I disagree. Government departments are heavily concerned about economics. Specifically, "how can we maintain, or preferably increase, our budget in the next fiscal cycle?" If that means feeding 500 lbs of pork to a chihuahua so you can burn up this year's budget, then so be it. Next year you can ask for extra money to put the chihuahua on a special, extremely expensive diet while simultaneously asking for more pork to enrich its diet.