Major System Acquisition Management in the Department of the Treasury

GGD-82-16: Published: Jan 29, 1982. Publicly Released: Jan 29, 1982.

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GAO reviewed the Department of the Treasury's progress in implementing Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Circular A-109 and in managing major system acquisitions.

GAO found that the policies of OMB Circular A-109 have not become a functional part of Treasury's operations because they have not received sufficient management attention and Treasury has not placed a high priority on implementing the new policies. Little action has been taken in response to the implemention directive, and no programs have been implemented as major system acquisitions under Circular A-109. Further, no training has been conducted to inform key officials of the Circular principles and how to apply them.

Recommendations for Executive Action

  1. Status: Closed - Not Implemented

    Comments: Treasury believes that it is already accomplishing the recommended action.

    Recommendation: The Secretary of the Treasury should elevate the priority of implementing Office of Management and Budget Circular A-109 by whatever action is deemed appropriate.

    Agency Affected: Department of the Treasury

  2. Status: Closed - Not Implemented

    Comments: Treasury believes that it is already accomplishing the recommended action.

    Recommendation: The Secretary of the Treasury should amend the Treasury directive on system acquisition management to require that major agency components submit action plans for implementing Office of Management and Budget Circular A-109 to assure that: (1) potential major acquisitions are identified through mission analysis; (2) mission need statements are prepared; (3) projects are assigned managers with clear responsibilities and authority; (4) acquisition strategies are developed and tailored for each program; (5) alternative system designs are solicited from industry and explored competitively through demonstration; and (6) key decisions are affirmed by the agency head.

    Agency Affected: Department of the Treasury

  3. Status: Closed - Not Implemented

    Comments: Treasury believes that it is already accomplishing the recommended action.

    Recommendation: The Secretary of the Treasury should monitor more closely agency components' long-range planning to assure that needs are identified early through mission analysis and are valid in relation to the agency's mission.

    Agency Affected: Department of the Treasury

  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 Secretary of the Treasury should accelerate efforts to develop and implement a training program on acquisition management.

    Agency Affected: Department of the Treasury

 

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