Department of Energy's Consolidation of Information Processing Activities Needs More Attention

EMD-78-60: Published: May 3, 1978. Publicly Released: May 3, 1978.

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The consolidation of Federal energy programs in the Department of Energy (DOE) necessitates the defining and consolidating of information needs and resources.

DOE has not done enough to consolidate and organize its information processing resources. The Department has (1) divided the responsibility for the control of information processing activities among three organizations, (2) not pinpointed responsibility for control of information resources at contractor sites, (3) not established mechanisms to coordinate controls over acquisition and use of computer equipment with development of computer programs, and (4) not conducted a detailed agencywide analysis of its information needs and resources. DOE control over computer equipment acquisitions could be the starting point for more integrated controls over information collection and processing, but some deficiencies should be corrected.

Matter for Congressional Consideration

  1. Status: Closed

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

    Matter: Congress should require the Secretary of Energy to annually report to it actions the Secretary is taking to define and organize information processing resources and requirements.

Recommendation for Executive Action

  1. Status: Closed

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

    Recommendation: The Secretary of Energy should take the following actions to improve the effectiveness of the DOE information management: define departmentwide objectives for the collection, analysis, and reporting of information by DOE; specify responsibilities of DOE components for achieving these objectives; initiate and actively support a departmentwide indepth analysis of DOE information needs and resources; enlarge the responsibilities of the Deputy Secretary of Energy to include broad responsibility for all aspects of DOE information activities; issue interim procedures until the departmentwide analysis is completed to insure that no actions taken in that period will restrict DOE opportunities for consolidation; and issue procedures requiring DOE to request authority from the General Services Administration before authorizing contractors to acquire computer equipment and requiring DOE to coordinate procurement of small computer equipment.

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