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The Department of Housing and Urban Development relies on outdated IT infrastructure and manual processes to insure a portfolio of single-family mortgages worth over $1 trillion. HUD has made several unsuccessful attempts to modernize its IT.
Many of the Social Security Administration's core IT systems are more than 30 years old. So, the agency is focusing its resources on IT modernization. The SSA started using an "Agile" approach for some of these projects in 2015. Agile is a modern, flexible approach to developing software.
What GAO Found The cost estimates that the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) developed for the four selected information technology (IT) investments were unreliable and, thus, lacked a sound basis for informing the department's investment and budgetary decisions.
What GAO Found The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has partially established elements of key practices for effective information technology (IT) governance, as identified by GAO's IT investment management guide.
What GAO Found The Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD) fiscal year 2013 information technology (IT) expenditure plan satisfied the two sets of statutory conditions contained in the appropriations act.
What GAO FoundHUDs fiscal year 2011 expenditure plan, which seeks to obligate about $114 million for seven modernization projects, along with enterprisewide services and program management, satisfies both sets of statutory conditions contained in the 2011 appropriations act.
What GAO FoundHUD has made progress in implementing prior GAO recommendations on modernizing its IT environment; however more actions are needed. In 2009, GAO reported that HUD lacked key IT management controls; which are essential to achieving successful outcomes.