Internal controls (101 - 110 of 240 items)
Intellectual Property: Key Processes for Managing Patent Automation Strategy Need Stengthening
GAO-05-336: Published: Jun 17, 2005. Publicly Released: Jun 17, 2005.
The volume and complexity of patent applications to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) have increased significantly in recent years, lengthening the time needed to process patents. Annual applications have grown from about 185,000 to over 350,000 in the last 10 years and are projected to exceed 450,000 by 2009. Coupled with this growth is a backlog of about 750,000 applications. USPTO ha...
DOD Business Systems Modernization: Billions Being Invested without Adequate Oversight
GAO-05-381: Published: Apr 29, 2005. Publicly Released: Jun 8, 2005.
Despite its significant investment in business systems, the Department of Defense (DOD) continues to have long-standing financial and business management problems that preclude the department from producing reliable and timely information for making decisions and for accurately reporting on its billions of dollars of assets. GAO was asked to (1) identify DOD's fiscal year 2005 estimated funding fo...
Federal Aviation Administration: Stronger Architecture Program Needed to Guide Systems Modernization Efforts
GAO-05-266: Published: Apr 29, 2005. Publicly Released: May 31, 2005.
The Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) mission is to promote the safe, orderly, and expeditious flow of air traffic in the U.S. airspace system. To this end, FAA is modernizing its air traffic control systems, a multibillion dollar effort that GAO has designated as a high-risk program. GAO's research into the practices of successful public- and private-sector organizations has shown that deve...
Information Technology: OMB Can Make More Effective Use of Its Investment Reviews
GAO-05-276: Published: Apr 15, 2005. Publicly Released: Apr 21, 2005.
For the President's Budget for Fiscal Year 2005, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) stated that of the nearly 1,200 major information technology (IT) projects in the budget, it had placed approximately half--621 projects, representing about $22 billion--on a Management Watch List, composed of mission-critical projects with identified weaknesses. GAO was asked to describe and assess OMB's pr...
Information Resource Management Internal Control Issues
GAO-05-288R: Published: Mar 10, 2005. Publicly Released: Mar 10, 2005.
In a recently completed report for Congress, we evaluated how the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Rural Housing Service (RHS) makes eligibility determinations for its rural housing programs. As part of that review, we used 2000 census data to determine the populations of the rural areas that received RHS housing program loans and grants. We obtained information on the RHS loans and grants...
Office of Personnel Management: Retirement Systems Modernization Program Faces Numerous Challenges
GAO-05-237: Published: Feb 28, 2005. Publicly Released: Feb 28, 2005.
The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) manages the systems that process retirement benefits for most federal civilian employees. In fiscal year 2003, over 198,000 claims were processed and over $50 billion in benefits was paid through OPM's retirement systems. OPM is trying to modernize these systems through a program called Retirement Systems Modernization (RSM). The conference report accompany...
Business Systems Modernization: IRS's Fiscal Year 2004 Expenditure Plan
GAO-05-46: Published: Nov 17, 2004. Publicly Released: Nov 17, 2004.
The Internal Revenue Service's (IRS) Business Systems Modernization (BSM) program is a multibillion-dollar, high-risk, highly complex effort that involves the development and delivery of a number of modernized information systems that are intended to replace the agency's aging business and tax processing systems. BSM funds are not available until IRS submits an expenditure plan that meets various...
Financial Management Systems: HHS Faces Many Challenges in Implementing Its Unified Financial Management System
GAO-04-1089T: Published: Sep 30, 2004. Publicly Released: Sep 30, 2004.
GAO has previously reported on systemic problems the federal government faces in achieving the goals of financial management reform and the importance of using disciplined processes for implementing financial management systems. As a result, the Subcommittee on Government Efficiency and Financial Management, House Committee on Government Reform, asked GAO to review and evaluate the agencies' plans...
Financial Management Systems: Lack of Disciplined Processes Puts Implementation of HHS' Financial System at Risk
GAO-04-1008: Published: Sep 23, 2004. Publicly Released: Sep 30, 2004.
In June 2001, the Secretary of HHS directed the department to establish a unified accounting system that, when fully implemented, would replace five outdated accounting systems. GAO was asked to review HHS' ongoing effort to develop and implement the Unified Financial Management System (UFMS) and to focus on whether the agency has (1) effectively implemented disciplined processes; (2) implemented...
Information Technology: FAA Has Many Investment Management Capabilities in Place, but More Oversight of Operational Systems Is Needed
GAO-04-822: Published: Aug 20, 2004. Publicly Released: Sep 20, 2004.
The Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) mission is to promote the safe, orderly, and expeditious flow of air traffic in the United States airspace system, commonly referred to as the National Airspace System (NAS). To maintain its ability to effectively carry out this mission FAA embarked, in 1981,on a multi-billion dollar effort to modernize its aging air traffic control (ATC) system, the pri...