NAVSEA Policies and Practices Used To Manage Personnel Involved in Data Processing Activities

FPCD-77-73: Published: Aug 30, 1977. Publicly Released: Aug 30, 1977.

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GAO reviewed the policies and practices used by the Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) to manage personnel involved in automatic data processing (ADP) activities. The review concentrated on the NAVSEA determination of the number and composition of staff needed to design, maintain, and operate the management information system for naval shipyards.

GAO found that: (1) differences in staff size and composition at the two NAVSEA computer design activities were not based on centrally established criteria; (2) management of the automatic data processing (ADP) support staff was divided among two NAVSEA divisions, the Director of the Computer Applications Support and Development Office, and eight naval ship yard commanders without benefit of Navy or NAVSEA direction and guidance for the management of ADP personnel; and (3) there was insufficient and unbalanced use of a shipyard management information system training program.

Recommendation for Executive Action

  1. Status: Closed

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

    Recommendation: The Navy should place the programmers and systems analysts under the management of the computer development activities and develop staffing criteria for computer design activities with consideration being given to the staffing models developed by the other services. NAVSEA should centralize management responsibility over the shipyard management information system ADP support staff, consider developing criteria for staffing data processing offices, and evaluate the operations and administration of the shipyard management information system training program.

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