Federal Highway Administration Project To Redesign Its Accounts System To Eliminate Inefficient Uses of Computers and People

FGMSD-80-22: Published: Jan 11, 1980. Publicly Released: Jan 11, 1980.

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The Federal Highway Administration's (FHwA) Accounts System consists of overlapping manual and automated processing steps.

The FHwA Accounts System does not use modern data entry and retrieval methods. The outdated methods cause the computer to produce reports that do not get to users in time to meet due dates for monthend financial reports. The Department of Transportation is in the process of acquiring new computers which will be able to use modern input and output methods. FHwA will have to redesign its system to take advantage of the new computer's processing capabilities; otherwise the capabilities of the computers will be used inefficiently and uneconomically.

Recommendation for Executive Action

  1. Status: Closed

    Comments: Please call 202/512-6100 for additional information.

    Recommendation: The Secretary of Transportation should direct FHwA to start to: (1) redesign its Accounts System to eliminate overlapping manual and automated processes; (2) automate the general ledger; (3) use modern data entry and retrieval techniques; and (4) use efficient ways to identify and correct errors and ensure that the redesigned system is designed in accordance with the Comptroller General's accounting principles and standards and submitted to him for formal approval.

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