Improved Reporting Needed on the Status of Selected Major Civil Acquisitions

PSAD-77-5: Published: Dec 29, 1976. Publicly Released: Dec 29, 1976.

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Reports prepared on major civil projects by the Corps of Engineers, Bureau of Reclamation, Bonneville Power Administration, Federal Aviation Association, Federal Highway Administration, Urban Mass Transit Administration, and Energy Research and Development Administration were studied to determine whether reporting data on major projects could be improved to assist agencies and Congress in decisionmaking.

All of the agencies reviewed prepare reports both for internal management and congressional use. In most cases, these reports do not include baseline cost, schedule, and performance data. A report showing baseline data and current estimates would provide improved visibility over the status of major projects and alert agency officials and Congress to the full magnitude of cost increases, schedule delays, and performance problems. Civil agency officials could easily develop these data.

Matter for Congressional Consideration

  1. Status: Closed

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    Matter: Congress should be provided with status reports on selected major projects before submission of the annual budget. The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) is the logical focal point for monitoring the selection of programs for reporting. The Director, OMB, should issue guidelines to the agencies for reporting on selected major projects.


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