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Information Technology: Additional Executive Review Sessions Needed to Address Troubled Projects
GAO-13-524: Published: Jun 13, 2013. Publicly Released: Jun 13, 2013.
Since January 2010, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and selected agencies have held multiple TechStat Accountability Sessions (TechStats) on information technology (IT) investments that varied in terms of function, significance, and risk. As of April 2013, OMB reported conducting 79 TechStats, which focused on 55 investments at 23 federal agencies. The four agencies conducted 37 TechStat...
Information Technology: HUD Needs to Improve Key Project Management Practices for Its Modernization Efforts
GAO-13-455: Published: Jun 12, 2013. Publicly Released: Jun 12, 2013.
The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has taken initial steps toward applying key project management practices in the areas of project planning, requirements management, and acquisition planning for its Federal Housing Administration Transformation (FHA Transformation) Initiative to address performance gaps in housing insurance programs and its Next Generation Management System (NG...
Information Technology: OMB and Agencies Need to Focus Continued Attention on Eliminating Duplicative Investments
GAO-13-685T: Published: Jun 11, 2013. Publicly Released: Jun 11, 2013.
GAO has identified a number of issues related to information technology (IT) duplication across the federal government. For example, GAO has previously reported that hundreds of investments provide similar functions. Specifically, agencies reported 1,536 information and technology management investments, 777 supply chain management investments, and 622 human resource management investments.GAO fur...
Chemical Assessments: An Agencywide Strategy May Help EPA Address Unmet Needs for Integrated Risk Information System Assessments
GAO-13-369: Published: May 10, 2013. Publicly Released: Jun 10, 2013.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has not conducted a recent evaluation of demand for Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS) toxicity assessments with input from users inside and outside EPA. Specifically, EPA issued a needs assessment report in 2003, which estimated that 50 new or updated IRIS toxicity assessments were needed each year to meet users' needs. However, GAO did not find su...
Coast Guard: Clarifying the Application of Guidance for Common Operational Picture Development Would Strengthen Program
GAO-13-321: Published: Apr 25, 2013. Publicly Released: May 28, 2013.
The U.S. Coast Guard, a component of the Department of Homeland Security, has made progress in developing its Common Operational Picture (COP) by increasing the information in the COP and increasing user access to this information, but the Coast Guard has also faced challenges in developing COP-related systems. The Coast Guard has made progress by adding internal and external data sources that all...
DOD Business Systems Modernization: Further Actions Needed to Address Challenges and Improve Accountability
GAO-13-557: Published: May 17, 2013. Publicly Released: May 17, 2013.
The Department of Defense (DOD) continues efforts to establish a business enterprise architecture (a modernization blueprint) and transition plan and modernize its business systems and processes, in compliance with key provisions of the Ronald W. Reagan National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2005 and amendments. Nonetheless, long-standing challenges remain. The following reflects the s...
Data Center Consolidation: Strengthened Oversight Needed to Achieve Billions of Dollars in Savings
GAO-13-627T: Published: May 14, 2013. Publicly Released: May 14, 2013.
The 24 agencies participating in the Federal Data Center Consolidation Initiative made progress towards the Office of Management and Budgets (OMB) goal to close 40 percent, or 1,253 of the 3,133 total federal data centers, by the end of 2015, but OMB has not measured agencies progress against its other goal of $3 billion in cost savings by the end of 2015. Agencies closed 420 data cent...
Data Center Consolidation: Strengthened Oversight Needed to Achieve Cost Savings Goal
GAO-13-378: Published: Apr 23, 2013. Publicly Released: May 14, 2013.
The 24 agencies participating in the Federal Data Center Consolidation Initiative (FDCCI) made progress towards the Office of Management and Budget's (OMB) goal to close 40 percent, or 1,253 of the 3,133 total federal data centers, by the end of 2015, but OMB has not measured agencies' progress against its other goal of $3 billion in cost savings by the end of 2015. Agencies closed 420 data center...
Federal Retirement Processing: OPM Is Pursuing Incremental Information Technology Improvements after Canceling a Modernization Plagued by Management Weaknesses
GAO-13-580T: Published: May 9, 2013. Publicly Released: May 9, 2013.
In a series of reviews, GAO found that the Office of Personnel Management's (OPM) retirement modernization efforts were hindered by weaknesses in key management practices that are essential to successful information technology (IT) modernization projects. For example, in 2005, GAO made recommendations to address weaknesses in the following areas:Project management: While OPM had defined major comp...
Information Technology: Consistently Applying Best Practices Could Help IRS Improve the Reliability of Reported Cost and Schedule Information
GAO-13-401: Published: Apr 17, 2013. Publicly Released: Apr 17, 2013.
According to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), 12 of its 20 major information technology (IT) investments were within 10 percent of cost and schedule estimates or significantly below cost between October 2011 and October 2012. For the remaining 8 investments, 3 were reported as being significantly over cost and 5 were reported as being significantly behind schedule. Reported reasons for these si...