Mission Support Project:

Report on the Network and Data Collection and Analysis Application Pilot Test

OIMC-95-7: Published: Apr 1, 1995. Publicly Released: Apr 1, 1995.

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GAO provided information on its pilot test of and plans to implement the Mission Support Project computer network's data collection and analysis (DCA) application, a suite of commercial software packages linked to standardize and manage GAO-created documents. GAO noted that personnel participating in the pilot test reported that: (1) the network and application improved communications, kept them informed of work-related matters, and were faster and easier to use for sending and receiving automated files than the previous dial-up communications software; (2) the windows-based software was easier for switching software applications; (3) DCA software streamlined and simplified typical assignment tasks and processes, enabling users to quickly track the history and status of workpapers and products, facilitating supervisory review; and (4) DCA software allowed staff to quickly and easily locate, share, and reuse information. GAO also noted that its comprehensive plan for GAO-wide implementation of DCA: (1) addresses all implementation aspects, including communications, facilities, preparation, cable installation, workstation testing, employee training, and installation; (2) identifies the tasks, resources, and necessary sequence of actions; and (3) provides for effective oversight to ensure a coordinated team approach to implementation.

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