The Department of Energy has developed an extensive telecommunications infrastructure to support its diverse mission responsibilities. Currently, the Department spends more than $26 million annually to support the telecommunications component of its information technology infrastructure. Approximately $15 million is used to maintain and operate Departmentwide mission- and business-related networks, including classified and emergency communications. The Department also spends over $11 million annually on long distance telephone, Internet, and video teleconferencing services. The Department's Chief Information Officer is responsible for developing policy governing the telecommunications infrastructure.