Year 2000 Computing Challenge:

DEA Has Developed Plans and Established Controls for Business Continuity Planning

AIMD-00-8: Published: Oct 14, 1999. Publicly Released: Oct 14, 1999.

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Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the Drug Enforcement Administration's (DEA) plans and controls for year 2000 business continuity planning, focusing on: (1) the status of and plans for completing DEA's contingency planning for continuity of operations; and (2) whether DEA's contingency planning efforts satisfy the key processes described in GAO's business continuity and contingency planning guide.

GAO noted that: (1) DEA has managed its business continuity planning efforts in accordance with the structures and processes recommended by GAO's business continuity and contingency planning guide and it has made progress toward completing year 2000 business continuity plans; (2) DEA plans to complete development of its business continuity plans by early September 1999 and to test them by the end of November 1999; (3) DEA's development of its plans is about 4 months later than GAO's April 30, 1999, recommended date and its testing milestone is 2 months behind GAO's recommended date of September 30, 1999; (4) while progress has been made, DEA is, nevertheless, running late, and still has many important tasks to complete and its plans for completing these tasks leave little time to address any schedule slippage; and (5) therefore, it is important that DEA's leadership continues to monitor its business continuity planning efforts to ensure that any deviations from plans are identified and that corrective actions are taken immediately to ensure that this very important year 2000 risk mitigation process is completed on time.

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