The Veterans Administration's Organizational Structure for Managing Computer Resources Complies With the Paperwork Reduction Act

IMTEC-85-6: Published: Mar 21, 1985. Publicly Released: Apr 19, 1985.

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Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Veterans Administration's (VA) current organizational structure for managing computer resources to determine whether VA was complying with the Paperwork Reduction Act. Under the act, each federal agency must designate one senior official to manage the agency's computer resources, and there was concern that VA had designated two officials instead of one. Of particular concern was the fact that one official managed the VA nonmedical computer resources and the other managed the medical computer resources.

GAO found that VA complied with the act by designating the Associate Deputy Administrator for Information Resources Management as the senior official for overseeing the management of all VA computer resources. The GAO objective was to determine: (1) whether the VA organizational structure for managing computer resources complied with the act; and (2) the status of the VA Centralized Development Center. GAO found that the day-to-day computer resources management structure was consistent with the formal organizational structure, this structure complied with the act even though the senior official did not report to the Administrator, and some of the responsibilities relating to medical operations had been assigned to the Chief Medical Director. GAO also found that VA had no plans to establish the Centralized Development Center since it established a center of expertise for particular applications at each data processing center.

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