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Chemical Assessments: An Agencywide Strategy May Help EPA Address Unmet Needs for Integrated Risk Information System Assessments
GAO-13-369: Published: May 10, 2013. Publicly Released: Jun 10, 2013.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has not conducted a recent evaluation of demand for Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS) toxicity assessments with input from users inside and outside EPA. Specifically, EPA issued a needs assessment report in 2003, which estimated that 50 new or updated IRIS toxicity assessments were needed each year to meet users' needs. However, GAO did not find su...
Coast Guard: Clarifying the Application of Guidance for Common Operational Picture Development Would Strengthen Program
GAO-13-321: Published: Apr 25, 2013. Publicly Released: May 28, 2013.
The U.S. Coast Guard, a component of the Department of Homeland Security, has made progress in developing its Common Operational Picture (COP) by increasing the information in the COP and increasing user access to this information, but the Coast Guard has also faced challenges in developing COP-related systems. The Coast Guard has made progress by adding internal and external data sources that all...
DOD Business Systems Modernization: Further Actions Needed to Address Challenges and Improve Accountability
GAO-13-557: Published: May 17, 2013. Publicly Released: May 17, 2013.
The Department of Defense (DOD) continues efforts to establish a business enterprise architecture (a modernization blueprint) and transition plan and modernize its business systems and processes, in compliance with key provisions of the Ronald W. Reagan National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2005 and amendments. Nonetheless, long-standing challenges remain. The following reflects the s...
Data Center Consolidation: Strengthened Oversight Needed to Achieve Billions of Dollars in Savings
GAO-13-627T: Published: May 14, 2013. Publicly Released: May 14, 2013.
The 24 agencies participating in the Federal Data Center Consolidation Initiative made progress towards the Office of Management and Budgets (OMB) goal to close 40 percent, or 1,253 of the 3,133 total federal data centers, by the end of 2015, but OMB has not measured agencies progress against its other goal of $3 billion in cost savings by the end of 2015. Agencies closed 420 data cent...
Data Center Consolidation: Strengthened Oversight Needed to Achieve Cost Savings Goal
GAO-13-378: Published: Apr 23, 2013. Publicly Released: May 14, 2013.
The 24 agencies participating in the Federal Data Center Consolidation Initiative (FDCCI) made progress towards the Office of Management and Budget's (OMB) goal to close 40 percent, or 1,253 of the 3,133 total federal data centers, by the end of 2015, but OMB has not measured agencies' progress against its other goal of $3 billion in cost savings by the end of 2015. Agencies closed 420 data center...
Federal Retirement Processing: OPM Is Pursuing Incremental Information Technology Improvements after Canceling a Modernization Plagued by Management Weaknesses
GAO-13-580T: Published: May 9, 2013. Publicly Released: May 9, 2013.
In a series of reviews, GAO found that the Office of Personnel Management's (OPM) retirement modernization efforts were hindered by weaknesses in key management practices that are essential to successful information technology (IT) modernization projects. For example, in 2005, GAO made recommendations to address weaknesses in the following areas:Project management: While OPM had defined major comp...
Information Technology: Consistently Applying Best Practices Could Help IRS Improve the Reliability of Reported Cost and Schedule Information
GAO-13-401: Published: Apr 17, 2013. Publicly Released: Apr 17, 2013.
According to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), 12 of its 20 major information technology (IT) investments were within 10 percent of cost and schedule estimates or significantly below cost between October 2011 and October 2012. For the remaining 8 investments, 3 were reported as being significantly over cost and 5 were reported as being significantly behind schedule. Reported reasons for these si...
IRS Website: Long-Term Strategy Needed to Improve Interactive Services
GAO-13-435: Published: Apr 16, 2013. Publicly Released: Apr 16, 2013.
The Internal Revenue Services (IRS) existing online services are limited when compared to many other government and private sector organizations. Static web pages make up the majority of www.IRS.gov; however, IRS highlights 18 basic interactive tools from its homepage. IRS does not offer dynamic account access to taxpayers. Other federal and state taxing authorities provide a broader range of on...
Major Automated Information Systems: Selected Defense Programs Need to Implement Key Acquisition Practices
GAO-13-311: Published: Mar 28, 2013. Publicly Released: Mar 28, 2013.
Of the 14 selected Department of Defense (DOD) major automated information system (MAIS) programs, 9 had stayed within their planned cost estimates, while 5 did not (with cost increases ranging from 3 to 578 percent); 5 programs remained on schedule, while 9 experienced delays (ranging from 6 months to 10 years); and 8 programs met their system performance targets, while 5 did not fully meet their...
Information Technology: DHS Needs to Enhance Management of Major Investments
GAO-13-478T: Published: Mar 19, 2013. Publicly Released: Mar 19, 2013.
Approximately two-thirds of the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) major IT investments were meeting their cost and schedule commitments. Specifically, out of 68 major IT investments in development, 47 were meeting cost and schedule commitments. The remaining 21--which DHS had estimated to cost about $1 billion--had one or more subsidiary projects that were not meeting cost and/or schedule co...