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Review of Selected Computer System Procurements
FGMSD-80-34: Published: Feb 15, 1980. Publicly Released: Feb 25, 1980.
GAO was asked to study how conversion costs affect the procurement of new computer systems. Of particular concern was whether including conversion costs in computer procurements would result in selecting the system that would cost the Government the least over the life of the system. Conversion costs, a significant factor in computer replacement procurements, may run into millions of dollars when...
A Structure for Managing ADP Resources
113270: Jan 1, 1980
This article appeared in the GAO Review, Vol. 15, Issue 3, Summer 1980. Automatic data processing (ADP) activities still present major management problems which have resulted, in part, from the lack of an appropriate organizational structure and procedures for managing ADP activities. Top management does not consider information systems as a corporate asset; thus, it does not devote enough attenti...
Problems Associated With Developing Large, Complex Data Processing Systems
FGMSD-79-49: Published: Aug 16, 1979. Publicly Released: Sep 17, 1979.
To ensure the successful development of data processing systems, the following management principles must be followed: continual planning, a structured approach to managing development work, and effective top management involvement throughout the development process. GAO review of the problems associated with developing large data processing systems centered on the Army, the Veterans Administratio...
Data Base Management Systems--Without Careful Planning There Can Be Problems
FGMSD-79-35: Published: Jun 29, 1979. Publicly Released: Jun 29, 1979.
A study was made to determine the problems encountered by agencies in acquiring and using database management system (DBMS) technology and what impact DBMS technology has had on agency operations. The General Services Administration (GSA) is responsible for developing, implementing, and monitoring Government-wide policy for the acquisition, use, and management of automatic data processing (ADP) re...
National Bureau of Standards Needs Better Management of Its Computer Resources To Improve Program Effectiveness
CED-79-39: Published: Apr 17, 1979. Publicly Released: Apr 17, 1979.
Pursuant to congressional request, an evaluation was conducted to determine how effectively the computer resources at the National Bureau of Standards (NBS) support NBS scientists and administrators in carrying out their mission and program responsibilities.Computer hardware at NBS is obsolete, resulting in increased operating costs, an inability to handle certain sophisticated problems, and a lac...
DOD Automated Systems Security Programs
LCD-79-109: Published: Mar 21, 1979. Publicly Released: Mar 21, 1979.
Comments are provided on a report which examined the automated systems security programs of the Department of Defense (DOD) and other major federal agencies, particularly as they relate to protecting sensitive data concerning internal audits and audit findings.The report concluded that agency management attention to programs for protecting data in automated systems was deficient. However, potentia...
GSA's Administration of the Automatic Data Processing Equipment (ADPE) Interim Upgrade Acquisition Policy
FGMSD-79-10: Published: Dec 28, 1978. Publicly Released: Dec 28, 1978.
A review was made of the automatic data processing (ADP) equipment interim upgrade acquisition process at the General Services Administration (GSA) to evaluate the interim upgrade policy, the administration of the interim upgrade process, and the effect the interim upgrade policy has had on competition in ADP procurement. The interim upgrade process prescribed in the Federal property management re...
New Ways of Preparing Data for Computers Could Save Money and Time and Reduce Errors
FGMSD-78-39: Published: Jul 18, 1978. Publicly Released: Jul 18, 1978.
The preparation of data for processing by computers, data entry, has been dominated by the keypunch and the punched card for years. Better methods now exist, and both large and small government computer installations can benefit from adopting them.The keypunching method of data entry is costly, error prone, and time consuming. The three basic procedures of advanced data entry are key entry, automa...
Inadequacies in Data Processing Planning in the Department of the Interior
FGMSD-78-41: Published: Jun 23, 1978. Publicly Released: Jun 23, 1978.
In fiscal year 1977, the Department of the Interior spent over $50 million for acquisition, operation, and use of automatic data processing (ADP) resources. Interior uses computer systems for processing scientific, statistical, engineering, land management, enforcement, and safety programs, but it is not as economical or effective in its acquisition and use of ADP resources as it should be.Althoug...
Developing State Automated Information Systems To Support Federal Assistance Programs: Problems and Opportunities
FGMSD-78-31: Published: May 26, 1978. Publicly Released: May 26, 1978.
Federal assistance to State and local governments is provided through about 1,000 programs administered by over 50 Federal departments and agencies. Many of these programs are so large and complex that States must use computerized systems to support them. Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Circular A-90 provides guidance to Federal agencies for cooperating with and assisting State and local gov...