ADP Budget:

Potential Reductions to Army Automation Initiatives

IMTEC-90-3: Published: Nov 20, 1989. Publicly Released: Nov 20, 1989.

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Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Army's fiscal year (FY) 1990: (1) $144-million automatic data processing (ADP) budget request for the Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC) and Forces Command (FORSCOM); (2) $53-million request to modernize and redesign six standard Army software systems and the potential impact on the planned replacement of the $1-billion Army Standard Information Management System (ASIMS); and (3) $107-million request to purchase microcomputers from indefinite-delivery and indefinite-quantity contracts.

GAO found that the: (1) validity of the requirements for the $1.4 billion in information system initiatives identified in TRADOC and FORSCOM plans was questionable because TRADOC and FORSCOM had not fully complied with the Army's Information Resources Management (IRM) Program; (2) Army may limit its options for replacing ASIMS, because it has not completed a strategy for the future ADP hardware environment, but has begun modernizing six standard software systems to run on the present hardware system; and (3) Army's request for microcomputer purchases from indefinite-delivery and indefinite-quantity contracts may not be fully supported by valid requirements because major commands that can order microcomputers from the contracts have not updated requirements studies or prepared information architectures.

Matters for Congressional Consideration

  1. Status: Closed - Implemented

    Comments: Congress reduced the Army's FY 1990 funding request for TRADOC and FORSCOM ADP by $34,236,000 based on this recommendation.

    Matter: The Committee may want to consider deferring funding for TRADOC and FORSCOM information initiatives until the Army certifies that the commands have: (1) validated the requirements and identified the funding requested for all new TRADOC and FORSCOM initiatives, modifications, and upgrades; and (2) prepared the required information architectures and transition plans.

  2. Status: Closed - Implemented

    Comments: Congress reduced the Army's FY 1990 funding request for the upgrade of standard systems by $4,895,000 based on this recommendation.

    Matter: The Committee may want to consider withholding funding for the six systems being modernized and redesigned until the Army can demonstrate that, as required by Department of Defense policy and Army regulations, it has: (1) defined the future information architecture and operating environment to replace the current ASIMS computer network; and (2) developed a transition plan for moving from the present to the future base operations ADP environment that addresses the ASIMS replacement system, the interim modernization of Army standard software systems, and the role of local systems.

  3. Status: Closed - Implemented

    Comments: Congress reduced the Army's FY 1990 funding request for microcomputer purchases by $40,000,000 based on this recommendation.

    Matter: The Committee may wish to consider deferring the FY 1990 request for $107 million to procure the microcomputer systems until the Army completes information requirements studies and develops information architectures relating the planned procurements to validated and updated mission requirements.

 

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