Information Technology:

TVA's Computer Needs Are Valid and ADP Management Is Improving

AFMD-82-24: Published: Jun 9, 1982. Publicly Released: Jun 9, 1982.

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In response to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Tennessee Valley Authority's (TVA) efforts in the area of computer acquisition planning and requirements analysis and validation, specifically with regard to ongoing general purpose equipment procurement and proposed acquisition of scientific processing support and minicomputers.

Overall, GAO found that TVA had made substantial progress toward achieving improved management of its automatic data processing resources; however, some problems still remained. TVA still needs to complete its cost accounting and reporting system and application inventory system and to provide for a direct relationship between corporate business planning activities.

Recommendations for Executive Action

  1. Status: Closed - Implemented

    Comments: When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.

    Recommendation: TVA should incorporate the workload validation discipline in its information systems planning process and formally integrate its information systems planning into its business planning.

    Agency Affected: Tennessee Valley Authority

  2. Status: Closed - Implemented

    Comments: An application inventory has been developed.

    Recommendation: TVA should develop and maintain an inventory of its application software. The effective performance of information systems planning requires the full appreciation of all resources used.

    Agency Affected: Tennessee Valley Authority

  3. Status: Closed - Implemented

    Comments: A modified version of the PRIDE systems methodology has been implemented. Both policies and procedures are in place that address all questions of hardware and software as well as in-house application software development projects.

    Recommendation: TVA should emphasize the systematic management control of its automatic data processing resources by implementing and enforcing a formalized systems development methodology. Procedures should specify the management level at which reviews and approvals are required, based on clearly defined thresholds of cost, schedule, and scope.

    Agency Affected: Tennessee Valley Authority

  4. Status: Closed - Implemented

    Comments: When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.

    Recommendation: TVA should develop a policy that will balance the opportunities for using low-cost computers with the need for maintaining control of them.

    Agency Affected: Tennessee Valley Authority

 

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