Information technology (61 - 70 of 467 items)
Defense Business Systems: Further Refinements Needed to Guide the Investment Management Process
GAO-14-486: Published: May 12, 2014. Publicly Released: May 12, 2014.
The Department of Defense (DOD) has developed a portfolio-based investment management process for its defense business systems, certified and approved a majority of its defense business systems, made key improvements to the data used to manage its business investments, and updated its transition plan to assist its efforts in complying with key provisions of section 332 of the Ronald W. Reagan Nati...
Information Technology: Agencies Need to Establish and Implement Incremental Development Policies
GAO-14-361: Published: May 1, 2014. Publicly Released: May 8, 2014.
All five agencies in GAO's review—the Departments of Defense (Defense), Health and Human Services (HHS), Homeland Security (DHS), Transportation (Transportation), and Veterans Affairs (VA)—have established policies that address incremental development; however, the policies usually did not fully address three key components for implementing the Office of Management and Budget's (OMB) guidance...
Information Technology: Implementing Best Practices and Reform Initiatives Can Help Improve the Management of Investments
GAO-14-596T: Published: May 8, 2014. Publicly Released: May 8, 2014.
GAO recently reported on nine critical factors underlying successful major information technology (IT) acquisitions. Factors cited included (1) program officials were actively engaged with stakeholders and (2) prioritized requirements.One key IT reform initiative undertaken by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) is the IT Dashboard, which provides information, including ratings of risk, on 7...
Information Technology: SSA Needs to Address Limitations in Management Controls and Human Capital Planning to Support Modernization Efforts
GAO-14-308: Published: May 8, 2014. Publicly Released: May 8, 2014.
The Social Security Administration’s (SSA) selected information technology (IT) projects did not fully adhere to management controls called for by its IT project management guidance, which are essential to effectively oversee and monitor IT investments. Such controls include, among others, a cost-benefit analysis, risk mitigation plan, and project schedule. For the five projects selected, SSA de...
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...
2020 Census: Prioritized Information Technology Research and Testing Is Needed for Census Design Decisions
GAO-14-389: Published: Apr 3, 2014. Publicly Released: Apr 3, 2014.
The Census Bureau (Bureau) has made progress in researching and testing information technology (IT) options for the 2020 Decennial Census, but several of the supporting projects lack schedules and plans, and it is uncertain whether they will be completed in time to inform the decision on the operational design for the 2020 census, planned for September 2015. Specifically, it has begun research on...
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...
Electronic Health Records: HHS Strategy to Address Information Exchange Challenges Lacks Specific Prioritized Actions and Milestones
GAO-14-242: Published: Mar 24, 2014. Publicly Released: Mar 24, 2014.
Providers and stakeholders GAO interviewed in four states with ongoing electronic health information exchange efforts cited key challenges to exchange, in particular, issues related to insufficient standards, concerns about how privacy rules can vary among states, difficulties in matching patients to their records, and costs associated with exchange. Officials from the Centers for Medicare & Medic...
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...