Reducing Redundant IT Infrastructure Related to Homeland Security

B-291063: Sep 19, 2002

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The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) issued a memorandum on July 19, 2002, directing the component agencies of the proposed Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to consolidate redundant information technology (IT) spending. OMB specifically directed the agencies to (1) cease temporarily all IT infrastructure system development and planned modernization efforts above $500,000 pending an expedited review of all proposed DHS component agencies' investments, (2) identify any current or planned spending on IT infrastructure not included in Attachment A to the memo, and (3) participate in the Homeland Security IT Investment Review Group led by the Office of Homeland Security and OMB. GAO studied OMB's memo to report deferrals of budget authority for information technology and business management systems that should have been reported to Congress by the President pursuant to the Impoundment Control Act of 1974. OMB did not provide the documentation GAO requested, such as applicable apportionment schedules for the agencies affected, so GAO is unable to identify with certainty the specific funds involved, the amount, or their character. A special message filed in accordance with the act would have contained such detailed information.