Meeting the Government's Technology Challenge:

Results of a GAO Symposium

IMTEC-90-23: Published: Feb 1, 1990. Publicly Released: Feb 1, 1990.

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GAO discussed the results of its symposium on the federal government's acquisition and management of information technology.

GAO noted that effective information technology development depended on: (1) senior managers' ability to envision and commit to long-term goals; (2) agencies' access to knowledge and advice through the cultivation of external partnerships with other government entities, private industry, and Congress; (3) agencies' encouragement of cooperative relationships between technical groups and program offices; (4) consideration and fulfillment of the public's consumer needs; (5) the establishment of a clear, comprehensive plan for directing technology purchases; (6) the use of an incremental approach, to provide design flexibility and allow the public to benefit sooner from the system; and (7) the recruitment and retention of a highly qualified technical staff.

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