Information technology (IT) is critical to the Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD) ability to carry out its home ownership and community development mission. By statutory mandate, HUD is to develop and submit to Congress an expenditure plan for its efforts to modernize the department's IT environment that satisfies certain conditions, including being reviewed by GAO. GAO's objectives were to determine the extent to which (1) HUD's expenditure plan meets statutory conditions and (2) HUD has in place key institutional IT modernization management capabilities. To accomplish this, GAO assessed the plan against the statutory conditions and assessed department documentation of efforts to institutionalize IT modernization management capabilities against open GAO recommendations.
Recommendations for Executive Action
|Department of Housing and Urban Development||To increase the usability and value of HUD's next expenditure plan to its House and Senate Appropriations Subcommittees, the Secretary of HUD should direct the Chief Information Officer (CIO) to ensure that future plans satisfy each element of each statutory condition for each project in the plan, or disclose why any element is not satisfied, along with any associated project risks and plans for addressing those risks.|
|Department of Housing and Urban Development||The Secretary should direct the CIO to ensure that future plans clearly describe the status of HUD's efforts to establish and implement each of these modernization management controls, along with the project-specific risks and mitigation plans associated with this status.|
|Department of Housing and Urban Development||The Secretary should ensure that the number and scope of HUD's modernization projects are commensurate with the department's institutional capacity to execute them.|