Information Resource Management Problems in the Department of Commerce

CED-82-113: Published: Sep 30, 1982. Publicly Released: Sep 30, 1982.

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Pursuant to a House committee request, GAO reported on the management of computer and information resources at the Department of Commerce. The report focused on Commerce's process for selection of computer contractors, the level of technology used in its automated systems, and the quality of internal controls in financial systems.

GAO found that Commerce's Office of Information Resource Management (OIRM), which is responsible for the department's overall information resource management, its bureaus, and other subordinate organizations, has been making significant progress toward its goal of paperwork reduction. However, GAO also found that OIRM has not issued, and is not enforcing, departmentwide policies for computer operations, software development, and word processing. GAO believes that OIRM needs to continue developing planning mechanisms initiated during 1982 and to separate oversight and operational responsibilities so that short-range projects do not deflect Commerce from long-range goals and policymaking.

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 Secretary of Commerce should direct the Assistant Secretary for Administration, who is the senior official for information resource management, to place greater emphasis on completing an effective departmentwide planning mechanism, including early completion of an automatic data processing planning process.

    Agency Affected: Department of Commerce

  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 Secretary of Commerce should direct the Assistant Secretary for Administration, who is the senior official for information resource management, to require that OIRM develop a management plan and establish priorities which will place policy and oversight functions in proper balance with operational efforts carried on by OIRM.

    Agency Affected: Department of Commerce

  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 Secretary of Commerce should direct the Assistant Secretary for Administration, who is the senior official for information resource management, to separate the OIRM information resource management policy and oversight responsibilities from the direct management of computer center and related operations.

    Agency Affected: Department of Commerce

 

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