Improvements Needed in NOAA's Long-Range ADP Plans

CED-80-136: Published: Aug 29, 1980. Publicly Released: Aug 29, 1980.

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A review of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) management of its automatic data processing (ADP) resources focused on the adequacy of the NOAA efforts to plan for and meet its current and future ADP needs and to ensure the efficient use of such resources.

NOAA has certain organizational weaknesses that have hindered past efforts to plan for ADP resources and may continue to limit its ability to plan effectively for its future ADP needs. It has not defined the central planning office's authority to prepare agency-wide plans, which establish priorities and objectives and consolidate the ADP needs of various programs. Some of the agency's main program elements, such as the National Weather Service, the National Marine Fisheries Service, and the Environmental Research Laboratories, have not adequately planned to meet their own long-range ADP requirements. Improvements are needed in integrating separate ADP project plans and in defining and consolidating program requirements.

Recommendation for Executive Action

  1. Status: Closed

    Comments: Please call 202/512-6100 for additional information.

    Recommendation: The Secretary of the Department of Commerce should, in evaluating the plans provided by NOAA and other Department agencies, review the organizational structure, policies, procedures, and processes used to collect the information to assure that actions proposed in the plans are the most efficient and effective alternatives. Further, the Secretary should direct the NOAA Administrator to give the Office of Management and Computer Services (OMCS) the authority necessary to require the main program elements to provide information for the NOAA-wide plans. As a minimum, OMCS should have the authority to require formalized ADP planning structures for ADP at the main program elements.

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