Information systems (41 - 50 of 497 items)
Chemical Assessments: Challenges Remain with EPA's Integrated Risk Information System Program
GAO-12-42: Published: Dec 9, 2011. Publicly Released: Jan 9, 2012.
EPA's May 2009 revisions to the IRIS process have restored EPA's control of the process, increased its transparency, and established a new 23-month time frame for its less challenging assessments. Notably, EPA has addressed concerns GAO raised in its March 2008 report and now makes the determination of when to move an assessment to external peer review and issuance--decisions that were made by the...
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...
Organizational Transformation: Military Departments Can Improve Their Enterprise Architecture Programs
GAO-11-902: Published: Sep 26, 2011. Publicly Released: Sep 26, 2011.
The Department of Defense (DOD) spends billions of dollars annually to build and maintain information technology (IT) systems intended to support its mission. For decades, DOD has been challenged in modernizing its systems environment to reduce duplication and increase integration. Such modernizations can be guided by an enterprise architecture--a blueprint that describes an organization's current...
Information Security: State Has Taken Steps to Implement a Continuous Monitoring Application, but Key Challenges Remain
GAO-11-149: Published: Jul 8, 2011. Publicly Released: Aug 8, 2011.
The Department of State (State) has implemented a custom application called iPost and a risk scoring program that is intended to provide continuous monitoring capabilities of information security risk to elements of its information technology (IT) infrastructure. Continuous monitoring can facilitate nearer real-time risk management and represents a significant change in the way information securit...
Defense Department Cyber Efforts: Definitions, Focal Point, and Methodology Needed for DOD to Develop Full-Spectrum Cyberspace Budget Estimates
GAO-11-695R: Published: Jul 29, 2011. Publicly Released: Jul 29, 2011.
This letter discusses the Department of Defense's (DOD) cyber and information assurance budget for fiscal year 2012 and future years defense spending. The objectives of this review were to (1) assess the extent to which DOD has prepared an overarching budget estimate for full-spectrum cyberspace operations across the department; and (2) identify the challenges DOD has faced in providing such estim...
Defense Department Cyber Efforts: DOD Faces Challenges In Its Cyber Activities
GAO-11-75: Published: Jul 25, 2011. Publicly Released: Jul 25, 2011.
According to the U.S. Strategic Command, the Department of Defense (DOD) is in the midst of a global cyberspace crisis as foreign nation states and other actors, such as hackers, criminals, terrorists, and activists exploit DOD and other U.S. government computer networks to further a variety of national, ideological, and personal objectives. This report identifies (1) how DOD is organized to addre...
Department of Defense: Further Actions Needed to Institutionalize Key Business System Modernization Management Controls
GAO-11-684: Published: Jun 29, 2011. Publicly Released: Jun 29, 2011.
For decades, the Department of Defense (DOD) has been challenged in modernizing its timeworn business systems. Since 1995, GAO has designated DOD's business systems modernization program as high risk. Between 2001 and 2005, GAO reported that the modernization program had spent hundreds of millions of dollars on an enterprise architecture and investment management structures that had limited value...
Information Technology: Department of Veterans Affairs Faces Ongoing Management Challenges
GAO-11-663T: Published: May 11, 2011. Publicly Released: May 11, 2011.
The use of information technology (IT) is crucial to helping the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) effectively serve the nation's veterans, and the department has expended billions of dollars annually over the last several years to manage and secure its information systems and assets. VA has, however, experienced challenges in managing its IT. GAO has previously highlighted VA's weaknesses in ma...
Electronic Government: National Archives and Records Administration's Fiscal Year 2011 Expenditure Plan
GAO-11-299: Published: Mar 4, 2011. Publicly Released: Mar 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 of all types of electronic records. NARA originally planned to complete the system in 2012, but has repeatedly revised the program schedule and estimated cost and is now planning to deploy an ERA system with reduced fu...
Health Information Technology: DOD Needs to Provide More Information on Risks to Improve Its Program Management
GAO-11-148: Published: Nov 17, 2010. Publicly Released: Nov 17, 2010.
The National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2010 directed the Department of Defense (DOD) to submit a report to congressional defense committees on improvements to the governance and execution of its health information management and information technology (IT) programs to support medical care within the military health system. DOD submitted its report to the appropriate House and Senat...