Strategic information systems planning (11 - 20 of 40 items)
Information Technology: FBI Is Taking Steps to Develop an Enterprise Architecture, but Much Remains to Be Accomplished
GAO-05-363: Published: Sep 9, 2005. Publicly Released: Sep 9, 2005.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is currently modernizing its information technology (IT) systems to support its efforts to adopt a more bureauwide, integrated approach to performing its mission. A key element of such systems modernization programs is the use of an enterprise architecture (EA), which is a blueprint of an agency's current and planned operating and systems environment, as w...
Intellectual Property: Improvements Needed to Better Manage Patent Office Automation and Address Workforce Challenges
GAO-05-1008T: Published: Sep 8, 2005. Publicly Released: Sep 8, 2005.
The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is responsible for issuing patents that protect new ideas and investments in innovation and creativity. However, the volume and complexity of patent applications to the agency have increased significantly in recent years, lengthening the time needed to process patents and raising concerns about the validity of the patents that are issued. Annua...
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...
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...
Information Technology: Foundational Steps Being Taken to Make Needed FBI Systems Modernization Management Improvements
GAO-04-842: Published: Sep 10, 2004. Publicly Released: Sep 10, 2004.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is investing more than a billion dollars over 3 years to modernize its information technology (IT) systems. The modernization is central to the bureau's ongoing efforts to transform the organization. GAO was asked to determine whether the FBI has (1) an integrated plan for modernizing its IT systems and (2) effective policies and procedures governing manag...
Customs Service Modernization: Automated Commercial Environment Progressing, but Further Acquisition Management Improvements Needed
GAO-03-406: Published: Feb 28, 2003. Publicly Released: Feb 28, 2003.
The U.S. Customs Service is conducting a multiyear, multibillion dollar project, the Automated Commercial Environment (ACE), a new trade processing system that is planned to support effective and efficient movement of goods into the United States. By congressional mandate, Customs' expenditure plans for ACE must meet certain conditions, including being reviewed by GAO. This study addresses whether...
Veterans Affairs: Subcommittee Post-Hearing Questions Concerning the Department's Management of Information Technology
GAO-02-561R: Published: Apr 5, 2002. Publicly Released: Apr 5, 2002.
This report answers congressional questions about a recent GAO testimony (see GAO-02-369T) on the Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) efforts to address weaknesses in its information technology program. Specifically, it discusses (1) challenges in implementing the "One VA" integrated Enterprise Architecture Plan, (2) steps taken to improve the accuracy and timeliness of data in VA's decision supp...
Tax Systems Modernization: Results of Review of IRS' August 2000 Interim Spending Plan
GAO-01-91: Published: Nov 8, 2000. Publicly Released: Nov 8, 2000.
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has tried unsuccessfully to modernize its information systems. To prevent a repeat of past mistakes, Congress legislated explicit controls over IRS spending on systems modernization. Congress did so by creating Senate and House appropriations subcommittees, which specified four conditions. IRS has satisfied some, but not all, of the conditions set out by its appr...
Information Technology Management: SBA Needs to Establish Policies and Procedures for Key IT Processes
AIMD-00-170: Published: May 31, 2000. Publicly Released: Jul 20, 2000.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Small Business Administration's (SBA) management of information technology (IT), focusing on the five key IT process areas--investment management, architecture, information security, software development and acquisition, and human capital management.GAO noted that: (1) although SBA plans to improve its key IT processes, many of SBA's policies a...
Revisions to OMB's Circular A-130
AIMD-00-183R: Published: May 23, 2000. Publicly Released: May 23, 2000.
GAO commented on the proposed revision to Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Circular A-130 regarding the management of information resources in the federal government.GAO noted that: (1) GAO concurs with the proposal's emphasis on the institutionalization of strong information technology (IT) management practices and the creation of a strong Chief Information Officer (CIO) as an active partici...