INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY: OMB and Agencies Need to Focus Continued Attention on Implementing Reform Law
GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY OFFICE WASHINGTON DC WASHINGTON DC United States
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The federal government plans to invest more than 89 billion on IT in fiscal year 2017. Historically, these investments have frequently failed, incurred cost overruns and schedule slippages, or contributed little to mission-related outcomes. Accordingly, in December 2014, IT reform legislation was enacted into law, aimed at improving agencies acquisition of IT. Further, in February 2015, GAO added improving the management of IT acquisitions and operations to its high-risk lista list of agencies and program areas that are high risk due to their vulnerabilities to fraud, waste, abuse, and mismanagement, or are most in need of transformation. Between fiscal years 2010 and 2015, GAO made about 800 recommendations related to this high-risk area to OMB and agencies. As of May 2016, about 33 percent of these had been implemented. This statement primarily summarizes 1 GAOs published work on data center consolidation, and 2 GAOs draft reports on the risk of major investments as reported on the IT Dashboard and the implementation of incremental development practices. These draft reports with recommendations are currently with applicable agencies for comment.
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