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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. Provisions of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2010, require HUD to develop and submit to Congress an expenditure plan for its efforts to modernize the department's IT environment prior to using 75 percent of the funds made available for IT modernization. The plan is to satisfy certain statutory conditions and is to be reviewed by GAO. Accordingly, GAO's objectives were to (1) determine whether HUD's revised plan satisfies statutory conditions and (2) provide observations about the plan and management of HUD's IT modernization program. To accomplish this, GAO assessed the plan against the statutory conditions, analyzed department documentation and relevant plans on key internal management controls, and reviewed HUD's efforts to address open GAO recommendations. GAO also interviewed cognizant department officials.

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Recommendations for Executive Action

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Department of Housing and Urban Development 1. To ensure institutional commitment for current and future enterprise architecture development, maintenance, and use, the Secretary of HUD should direct the Chief Information Officer to approve a policy to govern the architecture prior to further developing its segment architectures. Because HUD has committed to specific milestones to address prior GAO recommendations in the areas of investment management and human capital, we did not make additional recommendations at this time relative to these two areas.
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In May 2014, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) updated its policy handbook, to include establishing a policy to define, maintain, and adhere to the department's approved enterprise architecture principles, procedures, standards, reference models, and guidelines that support HUD's mission, goals, and objectives. According to the policy, the department intends to maintain a single department-wide enterprise architecture based on the its mission, strategies, goals, and objectives. In addition, the department intends to enable and mature its enterprise architecture through segment development in support of HUD's programs and initiatives. While the department did not issue the policy prior to further development of its enterprise architecture segments (as we had recommended), establishing the policy should, nonetheless, help ensure HUD's institutional commitment to enterprise architecture development, maintenance, and use.

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