Information Management:

Bonneville's ADP Resource Management Controls Show Improvement, but More Needs To Be Done

AFMD-83-63: Published: Jun 22, 1983. Publicly Released: Jun 22, 1983.

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GAO reviewed the Bonneville Power Administration's (BPA) progress in making its automatic data processing (ADP) resource management controls effective.

GAO found that additional management controls and large-scale changes are needed to achieve effective and economical operations for computer systems integration, ADP resource management and use, computer protection, and contingency planning. GAO noted that BPA reliance on computer technology has increased and that an estimated $40 million will be spent to modernize and expand computer systems and facilities. GAO stated that, because of these actions, it is essential that BPA top management exercise oversight and commitment to the integration process.

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: The Administrator, BPA, should adopt information resource management operational concepts, with an organizational framework that specifically assigns agency information responsibilities to a central leader who reports directly to the Administrator.

    Agency Affected: Department of Energy: Bonneville Power Administration

  2. Status: Closed - Implemented

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

    Recommendation: The Administrator, BPA, should define a time-phased action plan for implementing and improving ADP management controls, such as planning, systems development, full ADP cost accounting and user chargeback, ADP equipment acquisitions, systems integration, compliance monitoring, and computer protection.

    Agency Affected: Department of Energy: Bonneville Power Administration

  3. Status: Closed - Implemented

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

    Recommendation: The Administrator, BPA, should periodically report to the Department of Energy's information resource manager on BPA actions and progress toward cost effective control practices.

    Agency Affected: Department of Energy: Bonneville Power Administration

  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: The Administrator, BPA, should periodically report to the Department of Energy's information resource manager on BPA actions and progress toward cost effective control practices.

    Agency Affected: Department of Energy

 

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