Since 2001, the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) has been working to acquire the Electronic Records Archives (ERA) system, which is intended to address critical issues in the creation, management, and use of federal electronic records. As required by law, the agency submitted its fiscal year 2006 expenditure plan to the congressional appropriations committees, seeking the release of about $22 million for the development of the system. GAO's objectives in reviewing the expenditure plan were to (1) determine the extent to which the expenditure plan satisfied the legislative conditions specified in the appropriations act; (2) determine the extent to which NARA has implemented GAO's prior recommendations; and (3) provide any other observations about the expenditure plan and the ERA acquisition. We reviewed the expenditure plan and analyzed it against the legislative conditions and assessed NARA's progress in addressing prior recommendations.
Recommendations for Executive Action
|National Archives and Records Administration||To reduce risks associated with NARA's efforts to acquire ERA, the Archivist of the United States should ensure that future expenditure plans include a sufficient level and scope of information to enable Congress to understand what system capabilities and benefits are to be delivered, by when, and at what cost, and report on the progress being made against the commitments that were made in prior expenditures plans.|