In July 2002, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) issued two memorandums directing agencies expected to be part of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to temporarily cease funding for new information technology (IT) infrastructure and business systems investments and submit information to OMB on current or planned investments in these areas. GAO was asked to (1) explain OMB's implementation of these memorandums, (2) identify any resulting changes to applicable IT investments, and (3) ascertain if DHS has initiated its own investment management reviews and, if so, what the results of these reviews have been.
Recommendations for Executive Action
|Office of the Chief Information Officer (DOD CIO)||To demonstrate its progress in consolidating and integrating its systems and services, the Secretary of Homeland Security should direct the Chief Information Officer to periodically report to appropriate congressional committees, the budgetary savings that have resulted from the department's IT consolidation and integration efforts, including a breakout of the savings, the cause of the savings, and the time period in which the savings have been, or will be, generated.|
|Office of the Chief Information Officer (DOD CIO)||To ensure that IT investments subject to departmental review undergo timely control reviews, the Secretary of Homeland Security should direct the Chief Information Officer to develop a control review schedule for IT investments subject to departmental oversight (i.e., level 1, 2, and 3 investments).|