ADP Procurement:

Prompt Navy Action Can Reduce Risks to SNAP III Implementation

IMTEC-92-69: Published: Sep 29, 1992. Publicly Released: Sep 29, 1992.

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GAO reviewed the Navy's upgrade of its Shipboard Non-Tactical Automated Data Processing (ADP) Program (SNAP), focusing on: (1) identifying potential risks related to SNAP III systems development; (2) the upgrading of SNAP I and SNAP II systems; and (3) Navy managers' roles in planning and implementing a new system.

GAO found that: (1) the Navy has inadequate managerial oversight of SNAP development because no single manager or organization has the authority to direct development or control deployment, which has led to redundant development efforts and incompatible systems; (2) 12 separate commands have autonomy over the development and funding of major SNAP systems; (3) the different systems do not meet SNAP III goals, and waste resources; (4) the Navy does not have a strategic information resources management (IRM) plan for SNAP III implementation, which has led to its failure to develop contingency plans, assess hardware and software needs, or address the transition from old to new systems; (5) the Navy is installing antiquated SNAP II systems on its newest vessels, which will increase costs if they have to be replaced with SNAP III equipment; and (6) the Navy has begun developing a strategic IRM plan for SNAP.

Recommendation for Executive Action

  1. Status: Closed - Implemented

    Comments: In late 1992, the Chief of Naval Operations (9/92) and the Assistant Secretary of the Navy (RD&A), (12/92), directed that the Director, Space and C4 Systems Requirements, be the single resource sponsor for the SNAP, MRMS, and NALCOMIS systems. In addition, the Assistant Secretary directed that the sponsor develop a transition plan for the consolidated system--the Navy Tactical Command Support System (NTCSS). This plan was completed in May 1993, and outlined the phased transition of the three existing program offices into NTCSS--no later than June 1995. Beginning with the FY 1995 budget, the sponsor will provide all funding for the transition to and implementation of NTCSS. A first draft of a strategic IRM plan for this program was circulated for comment in February 1993. The final version was issued on August 11, 1994. GAO thinks this document provides a good framework within which to proceed with development and implementation of NTCSS.

    Recommendation: In order to minimize SNAP III risks, the Acting Secretary of the Navy should suspend all nontactical ADP development until the Navy completes: (1) restructuring the management over shipboard nontactical programs to provide a single manager with authority over funding and development for all shipboard nontactical ADP programs; and (2) development of a strategic IRM plan for all shipboard nontactical ADP programs, which describes the transition from the current environment to SNAP III, and which should include sections that identify hardware capacity needs, contain alternative technical and procurement approaches, and include standards for hardware, software, and shipboard networks.

    Agency Affected: Department of Defense: Department of the Navy


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