Computers (41 - 49 of 49 items)
National Bureau of Standards Needs Better Management of Its Computer Resources To Improve Program Effectiveness
CED-79-39: Published: Apr 17, 1979. Publicly Released: Apr 17, 1979.
Pursuant to congressional request, an evaluation was conducted to determine how effectively the computer resources at the National Bureau of Standards (NBS) support NBS scientists and administrators in carrying out their mission and program responsibilities.Computer hardware at NBS is obsolete, resulting in increased operating costs, an inability to handle certain sophisticated problems, and a lac...
Department of Energy's Consolidation of Information Processing Activities Needs More Attention
EMD-78-60: Published: May 3, 1978. Publicly Released: May 3, 1978.
The consolidation of Federal energy programs in the Department of Energy (DOE) necessitates the defining and consolidating of information needs and resources.DOE has not done enough to consolidate and organize its information processing resources. The Department has (1) divided the responsibility for the control of information processing activities among three organizations, (2) not pinpointed res...
Inadequacies in Data Processing Planning in the Department of Commerce
FGMSD-78-27: Published: May 1, 1978. Publicly Released: May 1, 1978.
The Department of Commerce uses more than 300 computer systems for its various programs. In 1977, it spent over $100 million on such systems. The Department could achieve significant savings by improving the management of its planning processes for acquiring and using automated data processing (ADP) resources.Savings could be attained through consolidation of existing facilities which perform simi...
The Federal Information Processing Standards Program: Many Potential Benefits, Little Progress, and Many Problems
FGMSD-78-23: Published: Apr 19, 1978. Publicly Released: Apr 19, 1978.
The Brooks Act called for a Federal automatic data processing (ADP) standards program that would permit the interchange of computer equipment, software, and data. It was also intended to stimulate competition by permitting Federal agencies to procure their ADP requirements from numerous vendors offering low-cost compatible products.Some standards have been developed, but agencies are not fully usi...
The Federal Software Exchange Program: A Small Step in Improving Program Sharing
FGMSD-78-11: Published: Jan 13, 1978. Publicly Released: Jan 13, 1978.
The General Services Administration (GSA) created the Federal Software Exchange Program to identify and collect computer programs developed by federal agencies that could be used by other federal agencies. The sharing of such computer programs and related documentation among agencies with common needs is intended to avoid the time, effort, and expense involved in replicating software. Software, as...
Interactive Graphics in the United Kingdom
098114: Jan 1, 1978
There are many automated data processing (ADP) systems with graphics capabilities currently in use in the United Kingdom. Research and development is further enhancing and developing this aspect of design methodology. One of the factors behind this activity has been the attitude of the British Government towards the development of computer technology and its practical application. The Government h...
Standard Definitions: Missing and Needed Software Tools
091116: Jan 1, 1978
This article, which appeared in the GAO Review, Vol. 13, Issue 6, Spring 1978, discussed the software problems which are emerging with the increased use of computers by federal agencies. Terminology is a constant difficulty with audit work in the software area. The field is new and software terms mean different things to different people. In addition, the field has moved so fast that standards org...
A Working Glossary of Computer Software Terms
090832: Sep 15, 1977
A glossary is presented of working definitions of software terms. These terms were compiled during a GAO study of computer software conversion in the federal government...
Problems Found With Government Acquisition and Use of Computers From November 1965 to December 1976
FGMSD-77-14: Published: Mar 15, 1977. Publicly Released: Mar 15, 1977.
During the 11 years since enactment of the Brooks Act, GAO has issued 175 reports relating to the management and use of automatic data processing (ADP) systems in Federal programs. GAO summarizes the information from these reports to assist Congress, Federal managers, and other groups interested in data processing problems.Problems in ADP management include: acquisition of ADP equipment without ad...