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Open Recommendations

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
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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.

High-Performance Computing: NNSA Could Improve Program Management Processes for System Acquisitions

GAO-21-194
Apr 29, 2021
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3 Open Recommendations
Agency Affected Recommendation Status
National Nuclear Security Administration The Administrator of NNSA should take steps to ensure that, for future HPC acquisitions, the ASC program follows GAO best practices for AOA processes, where possible, and justifies and documents any deviations, as required by agency policy. (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.
National Nuclear Security Administration The Administrator of NNSA should ensure that the ASC program's future AOA processes are performed by an entity independent of the contractor organization managing and executing the program. (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.
National Nuclear Security Administration The Administrator of NNSA should update and maintain its acquisition program documents to include current El Capitan requirements and clearly document the relationship between El Capitan's mission and functional requirements. (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.

Data Center Optimization: Agencies Report Progress and Billions Saved, but OMB Needs to Improve Its Utilization Guidance

GAO-21-212
Mar 04, 2021
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1 Open Recommendations
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Office of Management and Budget The Director of the Office of Management and Budget should reexamine its DCOI guidance regarding how to measure server utilization and revise it to better and more consistently address server efficiency. (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.

Information Technology: Selected Federal Agencies Need to Take Additional Actions to Reduce Contract Duplication

GAO-20-567
Sep 30, 2020
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19 Open Recommendations
Agency Affected Recommendation Status
Department of Agriculture The Secretary of Agriculture should ensure that the agency fully implements the category management activity to reduce unaligned IT spending, by performing an analysis of alternatives to justify the agency's unaligned IT contracts. (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 ensure that the agency fully implements the category management activity to develop and implement vendor management strategies, by implementing the strategies it had developed. (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 agency fully implements the category management activity to share prices paid, terms, and conditions for purchased IT goods and services. (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 agency finishes implementing its process to analyze IT contract data. (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 agency develops and implements strategies to address duplication identified through the use of spend analyses. (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 Defense The Secretary of Defense should ensure that the agency fully implements the category management activity to reduce unaligned IT spending. (Recommendation 6)
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The Department of Defense (DOD) concurred with the recommendation. In December 2020, DOD officials reported that the department has taken steps to reduce unaligned IT spending. For example, the officials stated that, in November 2020, the department established a Category Management Governance Working group to focus on governance, including category management policy and enterprise buying. In addition, the officials stated that the Chief Information Officer issued guidance on IT category management hardware purchasing solutions, and plans to issue additional guidance on IT category management in June 2021. However, DOD has not yet provided documentation showing that the department has reduced unaligned IT spending. We will continue to monitor the department's efforts to address our recommendation.
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