Information systems (1 - 10 of 10 items)
Information Sharing: Additional Actions Could Help Ensure That Efforts to Share Terrorism-Related Suspicious Activity Reports Are Effective [Reissued on March 26, 2013]
GAO-13-233: Published: Mar 13, 2013. Publicly Released: Mar 13, 2013.
The Department of Justice (DOJ) has largely implemented the Nationwide Suspicious Activity Reporting Initiative among fusion centers--entities that serve as the focal point within a state for sharing and analyzing suspicious activity reports and other threat information. The state and local law enforcement officials GAO interviewed generally said the initiative's processes worked well, but that th...
Social Media: Federal Agencies Need Policies and Procedures for Managing and Protecting Information They Access and Disseminate
GAO-11-605: Published: Jun 28, 2011. Publicly Released: Jul 28, 2011.
Federal agencies increasingly use recently developed Internet technologies that allow individuals or groups to create, organize, comment on, and share online content. The use of these social media services-- including popular Web sites like Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube-- has been endorsed by President Obama and provides opportunities for agencies to more readily share information with and solici...
Electronic Records Archive: National Archives Needs to Strengthen Its Capacity to Use Earned Value Techniques to Manage and Oversee Development
GAO-11-86: Published: Jan 13, 2011. Publicly Released: Feb 4, 2011.
Since 2001, the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) has been working to develop an Electronic Records Archive (ERA) to preserve and provide access to massive volumes and all types of electronic records. However, in acquiring this system, NARA has repeatedly revised the program schedule and increased the estimated costs for completion from $317 million to $567 million. NARA is to ma...
Information Management: The Challenges of Managing Electronic Records
GAO-10-838T: Published: Jun 17, 2010. Publicly Released: Jun 17, 2010.
Federal agencies are increasingly using electronic means to create, exchange, and store information, and in doing so, they frequently create federal records: that is, information, in whatever form, that documents government functions, activities, decisions, and other important transactions. As the volume of electronic information grows, so does the challenge of managing electronic records. Both fe...
Federal Records: National Archives and Selected Agencies Need to Strengthen E-Mail Management
GAO-08-742: Published: Jun 13, 2008. Publicly Released: Jul 8, 2008.
Federal agencies are increasingly using electronic mail (e-mail) for essential communication. In doing so, they are potentially creating messages that have the status of federal records, which must be managed and preserved in accordance with the Federal Records Act. Under the act, both the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) and federal agencies have responsibilities for managing f...
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...
Strategic Information Planning: Framework for Designing and Developing System Architectures
IMTEC-92-51: Published: Jun 1, 1992. Publicly Released: Jun 1, 1992.
GAO provided a generic framework for systematically analyzing, designing, and developing open and flexible information system architectures that can be used to meet various information processing needs.GAO noted that the framework is intended for use by GAO staff in evaluating federal agencies' information systems acquisition and development processes, but could be useful to others as a guide for...
Privacy Act: Federal Agencies' Implementation Can Be Improved
GGD-86-107: Published: Aug 22, 1986. Publicly Released: Sep 4, 1986.
In response to a congressional request, GAO examined federal agencies' implementation of the Privacy Act of 1974, which protects personal privacy. GAO specifically examined: (1) the roles of agency Privacy Act officers; and (2) agencies' adherence to the act's provisions and Office of Management and Budget (OMB) guidelines.GAO found that: (1) approaches to implementing the act's regulations varied...
Stronger Management of EPA's Information Resources Is Critical To Meeting Program Needs
CED-80-18: Published: Mar 10, 1980. Publicly Released: Mar 10, 1980.
A GAO review identified the problems that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) was experiencing in managing and using its information and computer resources. Since EPA is an information-intensive agency, its information resources, including automatic data processing (ADP), are critical to the success of all program activities.Some EPA information resources management problems include little t...
Records Management: A Blueprint for Tomorrow
094698: Oct 9, 1978
The amount of internal Government paperwork; the amount of paperwork required of business, State and local governments, and individuals; and the need for preserving individual privacy in Federal records systems were discussed. New technologies and greater demand for personal information by Federal agencies have raised serious questions regarding the potential for invasion of individual privacy. Co...