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Is Your Project's Technology Up to the Job? GAO Releases Draft Technology Readiness Assessment Guide

Third Volume in Series to Help Manage Government Projects

WASHINGTON, D.C. (August 11, 2016) – The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) today issued for public review a draft version of a new guide to help federal, state, and local government agencies more reliably assess technology readiness for projects of all sizes. The Technology Readiness Assessment Guide: Best Practices for Evaluating the Readiness of Technology for Use in Acquisition Programs and Projects (GAO-16-410G) is available on-line and applies to civilian and defense projects managed by government entities and private contractors. The draft guide is being released for a one-year comment period.

"Managing technology maturity in today’s increasingly complex, technology-centric systems is a vital tool for reducing risk in program acquisition and management," said Gene Dodaro, Comptroller General of the United States and head of the GAO. "The best practices presented in GAO’s guide should help agencies better manage the critical technologies and related costs that often are a major source of risk in acquiring advanced systems and projects."

Drawing on technology readiness assessment (TRA) concepts originally conceived by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, the Department of Defense  (DOD), and others, GAO’s draft guide describes seven best practices for developing and producing a reliable, high-quality TRA.  The goal is to help TRA practitioners, program managers, technology developers, and governance bodies better understand technology maturity, conduct credible technology readiness assessments, and develop plans for technology maturation efforts.

A companion to GAO’s cost estimating and schedule assessment guides, the draft TRA guide is designed to help government agencies develop, manage, and review capital acquisition programs. The guide is also intended for use by GAO auditors in evaluating government programs that rely heavily on advanced technologies. GAO plans to use the guide to audit the credibility of agencies’ maturity assessments of critical technologies within their major acquisition programs.

"GAO worked with experts from government agencies, private industry, nonprofit groups, and academia to develop and formalize TRA best practices," said Timothy Persons, GAO’s Chief Scientist, who headed up this effort along with Michael Sullivan, GAO Director for Acquisition and Sourcing Management.

"With these criteria, program managers and technology developers will be better equipped to evaluate technology maturity, gauge progress, and identify and manage risk in today’s advanced systems acquisition and technology development environment,” Persons noted. “Government auditors will also be better able to evaluate agencies’ decisions about technology readiness."

“Since the late 1990s, when GAO first began to study the link between technology maturity and outcomes for programs such as the Joint Strike Fighter, DOD and other agencies have come to recognize technology readiness as a reliable indicator of program results,” Sullivan said. “Assessments of technology readiness need not be relegated to ‘report cards’ but can be used to manage successful technology development. GAO’s guide represents a real leap forward—a single, comprehensive framework for understanding and using technology readiness, from invention to product development.”

The draft guide lays out a multi-step process for developing a high-quality TRA, explains how results may be used, and presents case studies drawn from published GAO audits that illustrate typical pitfalls in developing technology for integration into larger systems. The guide also provides best-practice checklists for program managers and evaluators to use for each of the seven best practices, such as selecting and evaluating critical technologies, and includes technical appendixes.

For more information, contact Chuck Young, Managing Director of Public Affairs, at 202-512-4800.

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Is Your Project's Technology Up to the Job? GAO Releases Draft Technology Readiness Assessment Guide
http://www.gao.gov/press/pr_technology_readiness_assessment_guide_vol_3.htm

Aug 11, 2016
Third Volume in Series to Help Manage Government Projects WASHINGTON, D.C. (August 11, 2016) – The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) today issued for public review a draft version of a new guide to help federal, state, and local government agencies more reliably assess technology readiness for projects of all sizes. The Technology Readiness Assessment Guide: Best Practices for Evaluating the Readines...
GAO Makes MedPAC Appointments
http://www.gao.gov/press/medpac_appointments2016jun.htm

Jun 2, 2016
WASHINGTON, DC (June 2, 2016) – Gene L. Dodaro, Comptroller General of the United States and head of the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO), today announced the appointment of five new members to the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC), as well as the reappointment of one current member. “MedPAC provides valuable advice to policymakers on key issues relating to Medicare,” Dodaro said. ”GA...
GAO Appoints Three New Members to Health IT Policy Committee
http://www.gao.gov/press/appointments_hcac_2016may.htm

May 5, 2016
WASHINGTON, DC (May 5, 2016) – Gene L. Dodaro, Comptroller General of the United States and head of the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO), today announced the appointment of three new members to the Health Information Technology (HIT) Policy Committee. The new appointees are: James S. (Jamie) Ferguson, who will fill the position representing payers; Carolyn Petersen, who will fill the position of an adv...
Center for Audit Excellence and USAID Sign First-of-Its-Kind Agreement to Strengthen International Accountability
http://www.gao.gov/press/cae_and_usaid_sign_agreement.htm

Apr 25, 2016
WASHINGTON, D.C. (April 25, 2016) –  In a move to enhance accountability across the globe, representatives of the U.S. Government Accountability Office’s (GAO) Center for Audit Excellence and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)  that establishes a framework for collaboration on training and technical assistance efforts. The goal of the a...
Statement Regarding Protest of General Dynamics Land Systems
http://www.gao.gov/press/statement_re_b-412525.htm

Mar 15, 2016
The following is a statement from Kenneth E. Patton, Managing Associate General Counsel for Procurement Law at GAO, regarding today’s decision resolving a protest filed by General Dynamics Land Systems, B-412525, B-412525.2, March 15, 2016. On March 15, 2016, the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) denied a protest filed by General Dynamics Land Systems, of Sterling Heights, Michigan, challenging the aw...
U.S. Government's Annual Financial Report Unable to Pass GAO Audit
http://www.gao.gov/press/usgov_financial_report_unable_pass_gao_audit.htm

Feb 25, 2016
WASHINGTON, D.C. (February 25, 2016) — The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) did not  render an opinion on the federal government’s consolidated financial statements for FY 2015 because of persistent problems with the Department of Defense’s (DOD) finances, the federal government’s inability to account for and reconcile certain transactions, an ineffective process for preparing the consolidated...
How Long Will This Project Really Take? GAO Issues Final Version of Its Schedule Assessment Guide
http://www.gao.gov/press/schedule_assessment_guide_2015.htm

Dec 22, 2015
Second Volume in Series to Help Manage Government Projects WASHINGTON, D.C. (December 22, 2015) – The U.S. Government Accountability Office today issued a final version of a manual to help federal, state, and local government agencies develop more reliable schedule assessments for government projects of all sizes. The Schedule Assessment Guide: Best Practices for Project Schedules (GAO-16-89G), available on-line,...
GAO Makes MACPAC Appointments, Designates Chair
http://www.gao.gov/press/macpac_appointments_2016.html

Dec 16, 2015
WASHINGTON, DC (December 16, 2015) – Gene L. Dodaro, Comptroller General of the United States and head of the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO), today announced the appointment of seven new members to the Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission (MACPAC).  He also named the Commission’s Chair. “The seven men and women designated to serve on the Commission bring a wealth of knowledge an...
GAO Again Named a "Best Place to Work" in Government
http://www.gao.gov/press/best_places_2015.htm

Dec 8, 2015
Washington, D.C. (December 8, 2015) – The Partnership for Public Service today announced that the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) has again been named one of the top places to work in the federal government. GAO ranked third in the Partnership’s 2015 list of the “Best Places to Work” among mid-size agencies. Also this year, the congressional watchdog agency was again first in its support of divers...
GAO Makes Appointments to New HHS Advisory Committee on Physician Payment Models
http://www.gao.gov/press/appointments_hhs_advisory_committee_physician_payment_methods.htm

Oct 9, 2015
WASHINGTON, DC (October 9, 2015) - Gene L. Dodaro, Comptroller General of the United States and head of the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO), today announced the first appointments to the Physician-Focused Payment Model Technical Advisory Committee. The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 established this committee to provide comments and recommendations to the Secretary of Health and Huma...
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