Information systems (1 - 10 of 25 items)
Data Mining: DHS Needs to Improve Executive Oversight of Systems Supporting Counterterrorism
GAO-11-742: Published: Sep 7, 2011. Publicly Released: Oct 7, 2011.
Data mining--a technique for extracting useful information from large volumes of data--is one type of analysis that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) uses to help detect and prevent terrorist threats. While data-mining systems offer a number of promising benefits, their use also raises privacy concerns. GAO was asked to (1) assess DHS policies for evaluating the effectiveness and privacy p...
Electronic Health Records: DOD and VA Interoperability Efforts Are Ongoing; Program Office Needs to Implement Recommended Improvements
GAO-10-332: Published: Jan 28, 2010. Publicly Released: Jan 28, 2010.
The National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2008 required the Department of Defense (DOD) and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to accelerate their exchange of health information and to develop capabilities that allow for interoperability (generally, the ability of systems to exchange data) by September 30, 2009. It also required compliance with federal standards and the establish...
Assessing the Reliability of Computer-Processed Data (Supersedes GAO-03-273G)
GAO-09-680G: Published: Jul 1, 2009. Publicly Released: Jul 1, 2009.
This publication supersedes GAO-03-273G, Assessing the Reliability of Computer-Processed Data, October 2002. GAO published a guide to assist its auditing staff in ensuring the reliability of computer-based data. The guidance provides a flexible, risk-based framework for data reliability assessments that can be geared to the specific circumstances of each engagement. The framework is built on (1) m...
Information Technology: Challenges Remain for VA's Sharing of Electronic Health Records with DOD
GAO-09-427T: Published: Mar 12, 2009. Publicly Released: Mar 12, 2009.
For over a decade, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the Department of Defense (DOD) have been engaged in efforts to improve their ability to share electronic health information. These efforts are vital for making patient information readily available to health care providers in both departments, reducing medical errors, and streamlining administrative functions. In addition, Congress ha...
Data Mining: Agencies Have Taken Key Steps to Protect Privacy in Selected Efforts, but Significant Compliance Issues Remain
GAO-05-866: Published: Aug 15, 2005. Publicly Released: Aug 29, 2005.
Data mining--a technique for extracting knowledge from large volumes of data--is being used increasingly by the government and by the private sector. Many federal data mining efforts involve the use of personal information, which can originate from government sources as well as private sector organizations. The federal government's increased use of data mining since the terrorist attacks of Septem...
IRM-RCED Issue Area Plan--Fiscal Years 1994-96
IAP-95-17: Published: Aug 1, 1995. Publicly Released: Aug 1, 1995.
GAO provided information on its Information Resources Management (IRM)-Resources, Community, and Economic Development issue area plan for fiscal years 1994 through 1996.GAO plans to: (1) evaluate the Federal Aviation Agency's Standard Terminal Automation Replacement System and Oceanic Automation System; (2) assess the Department of Agriculture's (USDA) implementation of its Modernization of Admini...
Paperwork Reduction: Reported Burden Hour Increases Reflect New Estimates, Not Actual Changes
PEMD-94-3: Published: Dec 6, 1993. Publicly Released: Jan 5, 1994.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the burden of federal paperwork, focusing on: (1) the changes in paperwork burden between 1987 and 1992; (2) the factors that contribute to changes in paperwork burden; (3) how some groups have been affected by information collections; and (4) the reasons for information collection changes.GAO found that: (1) between 1987 and 1992, t...
Environmental Protection: EPA's Plans to Improve Longstanding Information Resources Management Problems
AIMD-93-8: Published: Sep 16, 1993. Publicly Released: Oct 21, 1993.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO examined the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) plans to respond to its information resources management (IRM) problems.GAO found that: (1) EPA has several longstanding IRM problems that adversely affect many of its program operations; (2) the EPA Office of Information Resources Management (OIRM), which has overall responsibility for IRM, plans to impl...
National Water-Quality Assessment: Geological Survey Faces Formidable Data Management Challenges
IMTEC-93-30: Published: Jun 30, 1993. Publicly Released: Aug 2, 1993.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the U.S. Geological Survey's (USGS) National Water-Quality Assessment Program's (NAWQA) efforts to obtain and use water-quality data.GAO found that: (1) the NAWQA program has sought ways to cooperate and share related data with other federal, state, and local agencies to offset the expense of collecting, analyzing, and storing water-quality data an...
JSS: Job Start Software Version 2.0 User Guide
OPP-93-2: Published: Jul 1, 1993. Publicly Released: Jul 1, 1993.
GAO published a user guide for its Job Start Software to be used by evaluators-in-charge and team members to prepare job start forms and Mission Assignment and Tracking System Job initiation reports, division management to approve jobs and maintain a job information database, and the Office of Program Planning to receive and forward approved job start forms to the Job Starts Group...