In response to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Tennessee Valley Authority's (TVA) efforts in the area of computer acquisition planning and requirements analysis and validation, specifically with regard to ongoing general purpose equipment procurement and proposed acquisition of scientific processing support and minicomputers.
Recommendations for Executive Action
|Tennessee Valley Authority||1. TVA should incorporate the workload validation discipline in its information systems planning process and formally integrate its information systems planning into its business planning.|
|Tennessee Valley Authority||2. TVA should develop and maintain an inventory of its application software. The effective performance of information systems planning requires the full appreciation of all resources used.|
|Tennessee Valley Authority||3. TVA should emphasize the systematic management control of its automatic data processing resources by implementing and enforcing a formalized systems development methodology. Procedures should specify the management level at which reviews and approvals are required, based on clearly defined thresholds of cost, schedule, and scope.|
|Tennessee Valley Authority||4. TVA should develop a policy that will balance the opportunities for using low-cost computers with the need for maintaining control of them.|