Information Resources:

Summary of Federal Agencies' Information Resources Management Problems

IMTEC-92-13FS: Published: Feb 13, 1992. Publicly Released: Apr 8, 1992.

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Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on federal agency information resources management (IRM) problems documented in previous GAO reports.

GAO found that: (1) 132 of the 192 reports that the GAO Information Management and Technology Division issued between October 1, 1988 and May 31, 1991, identified one or more IRM-related problems; and (2) the most common IRM problem that federal agencies experienced was inadequate management of the information system development life cycle. GAO also found that other IRM problems that federal agencies have experienced include: (1) ineffective oversight; (2) the inability to ensure information system security, integrity, or reliability; (3) systems incompatibility; (4) inadequate resources to accomplish IRM goals; (5) cost overruns; (6) schedule delays; (7) information systems not performing as intended; (8) inaccurate, unreliable, or incomplete data; and (9) poorly designed systems that make access to data time-consuming or cumbersome.

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