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Farm Program Modernization: Farm Service Agency Needs to Demonstrate the Capacity to Manage IT Initiatives
GAO-15-506: Published: Jun 18, 2015. Publicly Released: Jun 18, 2015.
The key factors that led to the decision to halt the Modernize and Innovate the Delivery of Agricultural Systems (MIDAS) program were poor program performance and uncertainty regarding future plans. The Farm Service Agency (FSA) experienced significant cost overruns and schedule delays, deferred the majority of the envisioned features, skipped key tests, and deployed software in April 2013 that wa...
Federal Retirement Processing: Applying Information Technology Acquisition Best Practices Could Help OPM Overcome a Long History of Unsuccessful Modernization Efforts
GAO-15-277T: Published: Dec 10, 2014. Publicly Released: Dec 10, 2014.
In a series of reviews, GAO found that the Office of Personnel Management's (OPM) efforts over two decades to modernize its processing of federal employee retirement applications were fraught with information technology (IT) management weaknesses. Specifically, in 2005, GAO made recommendations to address weaknesses in project, risk, and organizational change management. In 2008, as OPM was on the...
Cloud Computing: Additional Opportunities and Savings Need to Be Pursued
GAO-14-753: Published: Sep 25, 2014. Publicly Released: Sep 25, 2014.
Each of the seven agencies reviewed implemented additional cloud computing services since GAO last reported on their progress in 2012. For example, since then, the total number of cloud computing services implemented by the agencies increased by 80 services, from 21 to 101. The agencies also added to the amount they reported spending on cloud services by $222 million, from $307 million to $529 mil...
Federal Software Licenses: Most Agencies Have Reported Planned Actions to Address Our Prior Recommendations on Software License Management
GAO-14-835R: Published: Sep 23, 2014. Publicly Released: Sep 23, 2014.
As of August 2014, the majority of agencies that have provided information reported that they plan to address most of the recommendations GAO made to them. Specifically, 21 agencies plan to fully address all recommendations. For example, the Department of Education stated that in response to the weakness GAO identified, a department-wide directive that establishes guidelines for software acquisiti...
Healthcare.gov: Actions Needed to Address Weaknesses in Information Security and Privacy Controls
GAO-14-730: Published: Sep 16, 2014. Publicly Released: Sep 16, 2014.
Many systems and entities exchange information to carry out functions that support individuals' ability to use Healthcare.gov to compare, select, and enroll in private health insurance plans participating in the federal marketplaces, as required by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has overall responsibility for key federal s...
Software Licenses: DOD's Plan to Collect Inventory Data Meets Statutory Requirements
GAO-14-625: Published: Jul 8, 2014. Publicly Released: Jul 8, 2014.
The Department of Defense's (DOD) plan satisfied all four statutory requirements (see table). For example, for the first requirement, the plan contained detailed information on the scope of the inventory, including a list of over 900 software titles from publishers including Adobe, Microsoft, Oracle, and IBM; as well as a summary of the licenses not selected for inventory, such as classified softw...
Information Technology: Reform Initiatives Can Help Improve Efficiency and Effectiveness
GAO-14-671T: Published: Jun 10, 2014. Publicly Released: Jun 10, 2014.
GAO has issued a number of reports on the federal government's efforts to efficiently acquire and manage information technology (IT). While the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and agencies have taken steps to improve federal IT through a number of initiatives, additional actions are needed. For example, OMB's IT Dashboard provides information, including ratings of risk, on 759 major investme...
Army Networks: Select Programs Are Utilizing Competition to Varying Degrees
GAO-14-460: Published: May 29, 2014. Publicly Released: May 29, 2014.
The Army is incorporating competition in various ways for most of the nine tactical networking acquisition programs GAO examined. To achieve the best return on the government's investment, federal agencies are generally required to award contracts competitively. As the Army has decreased the amount of in-house system development it is doing for tactical networking equipment, it is using various to...
F-35 Joint Strike Fighter: Slower Than Expected Progress in Software Testing May Limit Initial Warfighting Capabilities
GAO-14-468T: Published: Mar 26, 2014. Publicly Released: Mar 26, 2014.
Delays in developmental flight testing of the F-35's critical software may hinder delivery of the warfighting capabilities the military services expect. F-35 developmental flight testing comprises two key areas: mission systems and flight sciences. Mission systems testing verifies that the software-intensive systems that provide critical warfighting capabilities function properly and meet requirem...
Army Networks: Opportunities Exist to Better Utilize Results from Network Integration Evaluations
GAO-13-711: Published: Aug 22, 2013. Publicly Released: Aug 22, 2013.
Since 2011, the Army has conducted five Network Integration Evaluations (NIE), which have provided extensive information and insights into current network capabilities and potential solutions to fill network capability gaps. According to senior Department of Defense (DOD) test officials, the NIE objective to test and evaluate network components together in a combined event is sound, as is the oppo...