Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Army's program for solving its year 2000 computer system problem, focusing on the: (1) status of the Army's efforts to identify and correct its systems; and (2) appropriateness of the Army's strategy and actions to remediate its year 2000 problems.
Recommendations for Executive Action
|Department of the Army||1. The Secretary of the Army should direct the Army Chief Information Officer (CIO) to require by July 30, 1998, that all Army components: (1) correct their inventory databases, ensuring that they are accurate and complete; (2) certify all claims of year 2000 compliance and submit completed certification checklists to the Army Year 2000 Project Office; (3) provide reliable year 2000 cost estimates that are based on a comprehensive inventory and completed assessments of all mission-critical and major systems so that priorities can be established and informed resource trade-off decisions can be made; (4) prepare contingency plans that include specific actions for ensuring the continuity of the Army's critical operations at the year 2000; (5) prepare memorandums of agreement for all identified interfaces; and (6) develop test plans and identify the need for additional testing resources.|
|Department of the Army||2. The Secretary of the Army should direct the Army CIO to require by July 30, 1998, that the Army Year 2000 Project Office ensure that the Army Year 2000 inventory database contains complete, accurate, and current information on year 2000 status. To accomplish this, the Army Year 2000 Project Office should: (1) correct known problems, including erroneous database default values; and (2) perform quality assurance checks of the data prior to its use.|
|Department of the Army||3. The Secretary of the Army should direct the Army CIO to require that the Army Year 2000 Project Office continuously monitor components' progress in: (1) identifying all systems interfaces and defining key details of the data exchange between systems interfaces; and (2) preparing and implementing required memorandums of agreement.|
|Department of the Army||4. The Secretary of the Army should direct the Army CIO to require that the Army Year 2000 Project Office negotiate with other entities to secure and schedule additional test facilities if components determine that more test capacity is needed.|