Systems design (31 - 40 of 221 items)
Information Technology: HHS Has Several Investment Management Capabilities in Place, but Needs to Address Key Weaknesses
GAO-06-11: Published: Oct 28, 2005. Publicly Released: Nov 28, 2005.
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is one of the largest federal agencies, the nation's largest health insurer, and the largest grant- making agency in the federal government. The department manages over 300 programs that serve to improve the health and well-being of the American public and is comprised of several component agencies covering a wide range of activities including cond...
DOD Business Systems Modernization: Important Progress Made in Establishing Foundational Architecture Products and Investment Management Practices, but Much Work Remains
GAO-06-219: Published: Nov 23, 2005. Publicly Released: Nov 23, 2005.
For many years, the Department of Defense (DOD) has been attempting to modernize its business systems, and GAO has made numerous recommendations to help it do so. To further assist DOD, Congress included provisions in the Ronald W. Reagan National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2005 aimed at ensuring that DOD develop a well-defined business enterprise architecture and transition plan by...
DOD Business Systems Modernization: Navy ERP Adherence to Best Business Practices Critical to Avoid Past Failures
GAO-05-858: Published: Sep 29, 2005. Publicly Released: Oct 31, 2005.
The Department of Defense's (DOD) difficulty in implementing business systems that are efficient and effective continues despite the billions of dollars that it invests each year. For a decade now--since 1995--we have designated DOD's business systems modernization as "high-risk." GAO was asked to (1) provide a historical perspective on the planning and costs of the Navy's four Enterprise Resource...
Electronic Disability Claims Processing: SSA Is Proceeding with Its Accelerated Systems Initiative but Needs to Address Operational Issues
GAO-05-97: Published: Sep 23, 2005. Publicly Released: Oct 24, 2005.
Through an initiative known as AeDib, the Social Security Administration (SSA) is implementing a system in which medical images and other documents that have traditionally been kept in paper folders will be stored in electronic folders, enabling disability offices--including SSA's 144 Office of Hearings and Appeals sites and 54 state disability determination services--to process disability claims...
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...
Information Technology: Federal Agencies Face Challenges in Implementing Initiatives to Improve Public Health Infrastructure
GAO-05-308: Published: Jun 10, 2005. Publicly Released: Jul 11, 2005.
It has been almost 4 years since the anthrax events of October 2001 highlighted the weaknesses in our nation's public health infrastructure. Since that time, emerging infectious diseases have appeared--such as Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome and human monkeypox--that have made our readiness for public health emergencies even more critical. Information technology (IT) is central to strengthening...
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 Systems Modernization: Management of Integrated Military Human Capital Program Needs Additional Improvements
GAO-05-189: Published: Feb 11, 2005. Publicly Released: Feb 11, 2005.
The Department of Defense (DOD) has long-standing problems with its information technology (IT) systems supporting military personnel and pay. To address these problems, DOD initiated the Defense Integrated Military Human Resources System (DIMHRS) program, which is to provide a joint, integrated, standardized military personnel and pay system across all military components. In November 2004, DOD a...
DOD Business Systems Modernization: Billions Continue to Be Invested with Inadequate Management Oversight and Accountability
GAO-04-615: Published: May 28, 2004. Publicly Released: Jul 7, 2004.
Despite its significant investment in business systems, the Department of Defense (DOD) continues to have long-standing financial and inventory management problems that prevent it from producing reliable and timely information for making decisions and for accurately reporting on its billions of dollars of inventory. GAO was asked to (1) identify DOD's fiscal year 2004 estimated funding for its bus...