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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.

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Recommendations for Executive Action

Agency Affected Recommendation Status
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.
Closed - Implemented
HUD took action that addressed our recommendation. Specifically, the department ensured that its revised fiscal year 2010 expenditure plan satisfied the statutory conditions for each project in the plan. For example, to satisfy the statutory condition pertaining to identifying expected mission benefits, the plan stated that one of the mission benefits expected from the HUD Integrated Financial Management Improvement Project is to support the timeliness and responsiveness of financial transactions by ensuring that invoices are paid on time equal to or greater than 98 percent of the time. As a result, the revised plan provided Congress with greater insight and visibility into key aspects of the modernization projects under way, which should support more effective oversight and informed funding decisions.
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.
Closed - Implemented
HUD took actions to implement our recommendation. Specifically the department ensured that its revised fiscal year 2010 expenditure plan described the status of efforts to implement modernization management controls, including the departmentwide architecture and IT investment management framework, as well as project risk lists and associated mitigation plans. As a result of its actions, HUD's revised expenditure plan should be a more effective tool for Congressional oversight and decision-making.
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.
Closed - Implemented
HUD agreed with and took actions towards addressing our recommendation. Specifically, the department revised its portfolio of modernization projects from 29 to 7 to be commensurate with the department's institutional capacity to execute them. As a result, HUD should be better positioned to more effectively manage its modernization projects.

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