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Grumman Corporation Computer Software Development Costs and Licensing Fees Paid by the Government
PSAD-79-69: Published: May 18, 1979. Publicly Released: May 18, 1979.
According to Defense Acquisition Regulations, the government is to have unlimited rights in computer software required to be developed under or generated as a necessary part of performing a government contract. No license fees payment is to be made where the government has obtained unlimited rights.The government paid $1,858,000 for the use of special-purpose computer software packages called Tele...
NORAD's Information Processing Improvement Program: Will It Enhance Mission Capability?
LCD-78-117: Published: Sep 21, 1978. Publicly Released: Sep 21, 1978.
The North American Air Defense Command (NORAD) is attempting to enhance its information processing capabilities with a program known as the 427M Improvement Program. This program involves the acquisition of new automatic data processing and communications equipment, both hardware and software, to meet expanding operational requirements.Since the first contract under this program was awarded in ear...
Review of Army's Efforts To Develop TACFIRE
LCD-78-116: Published: Jun 2, 1978. Publicly Released: Jun 2, 1978.
After more than 10 years of effort, the Army's Tactical Fire Direction System (TACFIRE) was completed in January 1978. The Government must now decide whether TACFIRE should enter full-scale production while communications, maintenance, equipment, and software problems still exist.The TACFIRE equipment tested during Operational Test III and scheduled for production is not the equipment the Army pla...
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...
Accounting for Automatic Data Processing Costs Needs Improvement
FGMSD-78-14: Published: Feb 7, 1978. Publicly Released: Feb 7, 1978.
Automatic data processing is used extensively throughout the Government, but many problems have been encountered in accounting for related costs.Of 26 Federal data processing organizations reviewed, none had adequate cost information on their automatic data processing assets and operations. Major cost elements such as utilities, space rental, data transmission costs, and military salaries were fre...
Cooperative Actions Result in More Economical Computer Acquisition and Improved Security at the New Orleans Computer Center
LCD-77-118: Published: Dec 23, 1977. Publicly Released: Dec 23, 1977.
The Department of Agriculture was remiss in not following prescribed procedures for acquiring a computer system which was needed at its New Orleans Computer Center. However, the agency's cooperation with GAO has enabled the acquisition to proceed with resultant savings to the government of about $7.5 million. The cooperation also helped to establish a new software conversion method which may achie...
Millions in Savings Possible in Converting Programs From One Computer to Another
FGMSD-77-34: Published: Sep 15, 1977. Publicly Released: Sep 15, 1977.
Frequently, computer programs must be converted to make them run on a computer different from the one for which they were originally devised. The annual Federal cost of such conversions is estimated at more than $450 million; over $100 million of this amount could be saved.The following factors tend to increase conversion costs: lack of readily available software conversion expertise in the Govern...
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...