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Information Technology: Leveraging Best Practices and Reform Initiatives Can Help Agencies Better Manage Investments
GAO-14-568T: Published: May 7, 2014. Publicly Released: May 7, 2014.
Information technology (IT) acquisition best practices have been developed by both industry and the federal government to help guide the successful acquisition of investments. For example, GAO recently reported on nine critical factors underlying successful major IT acquisitions. Factors cited included (1) program officials were actively engaged with stakeholders and (2) prioritized requirements.O...
Information Technology: IRS Needs to Improve the Reliability and Transparency of Reported Investment Information
GAO-14-298: Published: Apr 2, 2014. Publicly Released: Apr 2, 2014.
According to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), 6 of its19 major information technology (IT) investments were within 10 percent of cost and schedule estimates during fiscal year 2013. The remaining 13 were reported as having significant cost and schedule variances for at least 1 month of the year. Specifically, IRS reported 8 investments as being below cost or ahead of schedule; 3 as behind sched...
Major Automated Information Systems: Selected Defense Programs Need to Implement Key Acquisition Practices
GAO-14-309: Published: Mar 27, 2014. Publicly Released: Mar 27, 2014.
Of the 15 selected Department of Defense (DOD) major automated information system (MAIS) programs, 13 had cost information available (2 did not, due to revisions to requirements and changes in scope). Of these 13 programs, 11 experienced changes in their cost estimates, including 7 that experienced increases ranging from 4 to 2,233 percent and 4 that experienced decreases ranging from 4 to 86 perc...
Information Technology: Leveraging Best Practices and Reform Initiatives Can Help Defense Manage Major Investments
GAO-14-400T: Published: Feb 26, 2014. Publicly Released: Feb 26, 2014.
Information technology (IT) acquisition best practices have been developed by both industry and the federal government to help guide the successful acquisition of investments. For example, GAO recently reported on nine factors that were considered as critical to successful acquisitions (see table).Common Critical Success FactorsProgram officials were actively engaged with stakeholdersProgram staff...
Computer Matching Act: OMB and Selected Agencies Need to Ensure Consistent Implementation
GAO-14-44: Published: Jan 13, 2014. Publicly Released: Feb 12, 2014.
The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) is responsible for developing guidelines and providing assistance to agencies on implementing the Computer Matching Act, while agencies have a variety of implementation responsibilities. Agency responsibilities include (1) developing computer matching agreements (CMA) containing specific elements for each proposed matching program and notifying Congress, O...
Medicare Information Technology: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Needs to Pursue a Solution for Removing Social Security Numbers from Cards
GAO-13-761: Published: Sep 10, 2013. Publicly Released: Oct 17, 2013.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)--which is the agency within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) responsible for administering Medicare--has not taken needed steps, such as designating a business owner and establishing a business case for an information technology (IT) project, that would result in selecting and implementing a technical solution for removing Socia...
Unemployment Insurance Information Technology: States Face Challenges in Modernization Efforts
GAO-13-859T: Published: Sep 11, 2013. Publicly Released: Sep 11, 2013.
As GAO reported in September 2012, nine selected states had made varying degrees of progress in modernizing the information technology (IT) systems supporting their unemployment insurance (UI) programs. Specifically, the states' modernization efforts were at various stages--three were in early phases of defining business needs and requirements, two were in the process of building systems based on...
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...
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...