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COVID-19: Selected Agencies Overcame Technology Challenges to Support Telework but Need to Fully Assess Security Controls

GAO-21-583
Sep 30, 2021
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9 Open Recommendations
Agency Affected Recommendation Status
United States Securities and Exchange Commission The Chair of SEC should ensure that the agency documents relevant IT security controls and enhancements in the security plan for the system that provides remote access for telework. (Recommendation 1)
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When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.
Social Security Administration The Commissioner of SSA should ensure that the agency documents relevant IT security controls and enhancements in the security plan for the system that provides remote access for telework. (Recommendation 2)
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When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.
Department of Transportation The Secretary of Transportation should ensure that the agency assesses all relevant IT security controls and enhancements for the system that provides remote access for telework. (Recommendation 3)
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When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.
United States Securities and Exchange Commission The Chair of SEC should ensure that the agency assesses and sufficiently documents the assessment of relevant IT security controls and enhancements for the system that provides remote access for telework. (Recommendation 4)
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When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.
Social Security Administration The Commissioner of SSA should ensure that the agency assesses and sufficiently documents the assessment of relevant IT security controls and enhancements for the system that provides remote access for telework. (Recommendation 5)
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When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.
Department of Homeland Security The Secretary of Homeland Security should ensure that the agency consistently monitors progress toward the completion of remedial actions for the system that provides remote access for telework. (Recommendation 6)
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When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.

IT Modernization: HUD Needs to Improve Its Estimation and Oversight Practices for Single-Family Housing

GAO-21-459
Sep 29, 2021
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8 Open Recommendations
Agency Affected Recommendation Status
Department of Housing and Urban Development The Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) should direct the Federal Housing Administration and the Office of the Chief Information Officer to clearly document agreements among the staff responsible for managing requirements to maintain alignment between requirements and FHA Catalyst modules. (Recommendation 1)
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When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.
Department of Housing and Urban Development The Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) should direct the Federal Housing Administration and the Office of the Chief Information Officer to ensure that FHA Catalyst is subject to independent verification and validation. (Recommendation 2)
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When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.
Department of Housing and Urban Development The Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) should direct the Federal Housing Administration and the Office of the Chief Information Officer to develop contingency plans for risks identified as critical (high probability, high impact) to FHA Catalyst. (Recommendation 3)
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When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.
Department of Housing and Urban Development The Secretary of Housing and Urban Development should direct the Federal Housing Administration and the Office of the Chief Information Officer to ensure that cost estimation guidance that incorporates the best practices called for in the GAO Cost Estimating Guide is applied to future FHA Catalyst cost estimates. (Recommendation 4)
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When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.
Department of Housing and Urban Development The Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) should direct the Federal Housing Administration and the Office of the Chief Information Officer to develop, and ensure the implementation of, schedule guidance that incorporates the best practices called for in the GAO Schedule Guide. (Recommendation 5)
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When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.
Department of Housing and Urban Development The Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) should direct the Federal Housing Administration and the Office of the Chief Information Officer to revise the FHA Catalyst schedule estimate according to the newly developed guidance. (Recommendation 6)
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When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.

IT Modernization: USDA Needs to Improve Oversight of Farm Production and Conservation Mission Area

GAO-21-512
Sep 23, 2021
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15 Open Recommendations
Agency Affected Recommendation Status
Department of Agriculture The Secretary of Agriculture should direct the E-Board to establish and execute a regular schedule to review, approve, and recommend IT investments. (Recommendation 1)
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When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.
Department of Agriculture The Secretary of Agriculture should direct the E-Board to consider the extent to which it should review and approve decision points that have passed and the associated required documents for Farmers.gov, in accordance with the requirements of the USDA Integrated IT Governance Framework and the approved tailoring agreement. (Recommendation 2)
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When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.
Department of Agriculture The Secretary of Agriculture should ensure that the Under Secretary for Farm Production and Conservation (FPAC) directs the FPAC Assistant Chief Information Officer to provide clearly documented guidance that supports a consistent and repeatable process for how a program office should apply Agile development methodologies in a manner that is consistent with the department's expectations for IT oversight. (Recommendation 3)
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When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.
Department of Agriculture The Secretary of Agriculture should ensure that the Under Secretary for Farm Production and Conservation (FPAC) directs the Business Center Chief Operating Officer to have the FPAC mission area implement the key IT workforce planning activity of establishing and maintaining a workforce planning process. (Recommendation 4)
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When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.
Department of Agriculture The Secretary of Agriculture should ensure that the Under Secretary for Farm Production and Conservation (FPAC) directs the Business Center Chief Operating Officer to have the FPAC mission area implement the key IT workforce planning activity of developing competency and staffing requirements. (Recommendation 5)
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When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.
Department of Agriculture The Secretary of Agriculture should ensure that the Under Secretary for Farm Production and Conservation (FPAC) directs the Business Center Chief Operating Officer to have the FPAC mission area implement the key IT workforce planning activity of assessing competency and staffing needs regularly. (Recommendation 6)
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When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.

Software Development: DOD Faces Risks and Challenges in Implementing Modern Approaches and Addressing Cybersecurity Practices

GAO-21-351
Jun 23, 2021
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2 Open Recommendations
Agency Affected Recommendation Status
Department of Defense The Secretary of Defense should direct the Chief Information Officer to revisit program risk ratings for its next submission to the federal IT Dashboard for the programs where the DOD CIO's program risk ratings indicated less risk than GAO's assessments of program risk. (Recommendation 1)
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When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.
Department of Defense The Secretary of Defense should direct the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment, in consultation with appropriate internal and external stakeholders, to ensure the data strategies and data collection efforts for the business system and software acquisition pathways define, collect, automate, and share, with the appropriate level of visibility, the metrics necessary for stakeholders to monitor acquisitions and that are critical to the department's ability to assess acquisition performance. (Recommendation 2)
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When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.
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