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Army Networks: Select Programs Are Utilizing Competition to Varying Degrees
GAO-14-460: Published: May 29, 2014. Publicly Released: May 29, 2014.
The Army is incorporating competition in various ways for most of the nine tactical networking acquisition programs GAO examined. To achieve the best return on the government's investment, federal agencies are generally required to award contracts competitively. As the Army has decreased the amount of in-house system development it is doing for tactical networking equipment, it is using various to...
Federal Software Licenses: Better Management Needed to Achieve Significant Savings Government-Wide
GAO-14-413: Published: May 22, 2014. Publicly Released: May 22, 2014.
The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and the vast majority of agencies that GAO reviewed do not have adequate policies for managing software licenses. While OMB has a policy on a broader information technology (IT) management initiative that is intended to assist agencies in gathering information on their IT investments, including software licenses, it does not guide agencies in developing co...
Defense Acquisitions: Update on DOD's Efforts to Implement a Common Contractor Manpower Data System
GAO-14-491R: Published: May 19, 2014. Publicly Released: May 19, 2014.
Thirty-two DOD components submitted inventories for fiscal year 2012, collectively reporting an estimated 670,000 contractor FTEs providing services to DOD with obligations totaling about $129 billion. Since our May 2013 report, DOD has taken additional steps to implement its November 2011 plan to collect contractor manpower data via a department-wide solution, but various challenges may hinder DO...
Defense Business Systems: Further Refinements Needed to Guide the Investment Management Process
GAO-14-486: Published: May 12, 2014. Publicly Released: May 12, 2014.
The Department of Defense (DOD) has developed a portfolio-based investment management process for its defense business systems, certified and approved a majority of its defense business systems, made key improvements to the data used to manage its business investments, and updated its transition plan to assist its efforts in complying with key provisions of section 332 of the Ronald W. Reagan Nati...
Information Technology: Agencies Need to Establish and Implement Incremental Development Policies
GAO-14-361: Published: May 1, 2014. Publicly Released: May 8, 2014.
All five agencies in GAO's review—the Departments of Defense (Defense), Health and Human Services (HHS), Homeland Security (DHS), Transportation (Transportation), and Veterans Affairs (VA)—have established policies that address incremental development; however, the policies usually did not fully address three key components for implementing the Office of Management and Budget's (OMB) guidance...
Information Technology: Implementing Best Practices and Reform Initiatives Can Help Improve the Management of Investments
GAO-14-596T: Published: May 8, 2014. Publicly Released: May 8, 2014.
GAO recently reported on nine critical factors underlying successful major information technology (IT) acquisitions. Factors cited included (1) program officials were actively engaged with stakeholders and (2) prioritized requirements.One key IT reform initiative undertaken by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) is the IT Dashboard, which provides information, including ratings of risk, on 7...
Information Technology: SSA Needs to Address Limitations in Management Controls and Human Capital Planning to Support Modernization Efforts
GAO-14-308: Published: May 8, 2014. Publicly Released: May 8, 2014.
The Social Security Administration’s (SSA) selected information technology (IT) projects did not fully adhere to management controls called for by its IT project management guidance, which are essential to effectively oversee and monitor IT investments. Such controls include, among others, a cost-benefit analysis, risk mitigation plan, and project schedule. For the five projects selected, SSA de...
Information Technology: Leveraging Best Practices and Reform Initiatives Can Help Agencies Better Manage Investments
GAO-14-568T: Published: May 7, 2014. Publicly Released: May 7, 2014.
Information technology (IT) acquisition best practices have been developed by both industry and the federal government to help guide the successful acquisition of investments. For example, GAO recently reported on nine critical factors underlying successful major IT acquisitions. Factors cited included (1) program officials were actively engaged with stakeholders and (2) prioritized requirements.O...
2020 Census: Prioritized Information Technology Research and Testing Is Needed for Census Design Decisions
GAO-14-389: Published: Apr 3, 2014. Publicly Released: Apr 3, 2014.
The Census Bureau (Bureau) has made progress in researching and testing information technology (IT) options for the 2020 Decennial Census, but several of the supporting projects lack schedules and plans, and it is uncertain whether they will be completed in time to inform the decision on the operational design for the 2020 census, planned for September 2015. Specifically, it has begun research on...
Information Technology: IRS Needs to Improve the Reliability and Transparency of Reported Investment Information
GAO-14-298: Published: Apr 2, 2014. Publicly Released: Apr 2, 2014.
According to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), 6 of its19 major information technology (IT) investments were within 10 percent of cost and schedule estimates during fiscal year 2013. The remaining 13 were reported as having significant cost and schedule variances for at least 1 month of the year. Specifically, IRS reported 8 investments as being below cost or ahead of schedule; 3 as behind sched...