Computer Systems:

Navy Stock Point ADP Replacement Program Needs Better Management Controls

IMTEC-87-30: Published: Sep 17, 1987. Publicly Released: Sep 17, 1987.

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In response to a congressional request, GAO evaluated the Navy's Stock Point ADP Replacement (SPAR) project to determine whether the Navy complied with Department of Defense (DOD) directives to improve and modernize its computerized information systems.

GAO found that the Navy: (1) plans to acquire new automatic data processing (ADP) equipment, redesign its computer software, and convert its current software and data files to operate on the new system; (2) did not comply with DOD directives, since it did not review and approve the modernization of the entire system; and (3) did not conduct a study to ascertain cost and performance measures needed to determine the system's effectiveness and worth.

Recommendations for Executive Action

  1. Status: Closed - Implemented

    Comments: The Office of the Secretary of Defense, through its Major Automated Information Review Council, held an oversight review in May 1989. While the MAISRC met the intent of the recommendation, it did not establish a formal milestone. Thus, this recommendation is outdated and should be closed.

    Recommendation: To ensure that the modernized segment of SPAR has appropriate management controls, the Secretary of Defense should direct the Secretary of the Navy to establish an additional review for the modernization segment within the SPAR program and ensure that the intent of the review has been fulfilled before allowing the program to enter subsequent development phases. Specifically, the Navy should establish a system design completion review for the modernization segment.

    Agency Affected: Department of Defense

  2. Status: Closed - Implemented

    Comments: The House Appropriations Committee deleted equipment for one site, the Navy deferred another, and was able to justify the third as an additional prototype site.

    Recommendation: To ensure that the modernized segment of SPAR has appropriate management controls, the Secretary of Defense should direct the Secretary of the Navy to defer the acquisition of new ADP equipment for three SPAR conversion sites (excluding the test bed and first site) until the modernized system design is complete and the Navy can ensure that the equipment can be effectively used for the modernized system.

    Agency Affected: Department of Defense

 

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