Corps of Engineers Management Information System (COEMIS)
LCD-76-119: Published: Oct 8, 1976. Publicly Released: Oct 8, 1976.
- Full Report:
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Management Information System (COEMIS) was reviewed to determine the thoroughness of the Department of Defense reappraisal of the COEMIS project and the current status of the system's development and implementation. COEMIS is intended to be a standardized system to operate with four primary subsystems: finance and accounting, personnel administration, resource allocation/project management, and real estate. The system was designed for use on the Honeywell G-437 computers located at nine of the Corps' regional data processing installations, with Honeywell G-225 computer terminals for access via telecommunications lines to the G-437 at other Corps' divisions and districts.
The Department of Defense did not take adequate action on an earlier GAO report which pointed out potential problems with COEMIS. COEMIS is still in the process of being modified to correct known deficiencies. Given the limitations of the G-437 machines, a point may be reached beyond which continuing modifications and augmentation to COEMIS will be counterproductive.
Recommendation for Executive Action
Comments: Please call 202/512-6100 for additional information.
Recommendation: Before buying new equipment, consideration should be given to a new design of COEMIS to make it operational on modern computers using a machine transferable data management system with inherent capabilities, such as update and query languages, and to make it more fully responsive to user needs.