The Navy's Management of Its Automatic Data Processing Program

LCD-78-107: Published: Dec 1, 1978. Publicly Released: Dec 1, 1978.

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The Navy has made efforts to improve the management of its Automatic Data Processing (ADP) program as a result of a 1975 GAO report indicating problems in this area.

However, GAO found that improvements have been slow in developing, and problems continue, such as: prolonged system developments, inadequate standard systems and the use of local programs to supplement the standard systems, and the acquisition of equipment that does not meet the needs of its users. The most significant factor which has caused these problems is the absence of an effective long-range ADP plan that deals with ADP requirements to support overall Navy objectives. The Navy recently attempted to resolve some of the deficiencies by establishing centralized management.

Recommendation for Executive Action

  1. Status: Closed

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    Recommendation: The Secretary of the Navy should: (1) establish complete visibility of the Navy's nontactical ADP Program by including all general purpose computers under the Navy's nontactical ADP program budgetary and inventory control procedures; (2) develop a Navy-wide long-range plan integrating the information requirements and equipment needed by the various commands, bureaus, and offices; (3) evaluate the effectiveness of the Navy's standard management information systems in meeting the needs of users and provide for an effective strategy to correct system deficiencies; (4) identify all central design activities and clarify their duties, responsibilities, and authority; and (5) identify activities developing local computer programs which perform similar functions and evaluate the practicality of standardizing the programs.

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