Department of Energy: Better Information Resources Management Needed to Accomplish Missions
GENERAL ACCOUNTING OFFICE WASHINGTON DC INFORMATION MANAGEMENT AND TECHNOLOGY DIV
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The Department of Energy DOE is responsible for multiple energy and defense missions that are important to economic growth, public health and safety, and the nations security. DOE also faces complex challenges, such as massive environmental damage and unsafe nuclear weapons production facilities, and management problems, such as weak controls over contractor activities. To successfully accomplish DOES missions and correct existing problems, the Secretary and departmental and contractor managers need timely, reliable, and relevant information. The general accounting office examined key aspects of the Departments information resources management IRM program, focusing primarily on the environmental restoration, safety and health management, nuclear weapons production, and security mission areas. GAOS objectives were to determine whether 1 information shortfalls impair managers ability to fulfill their responsibilities, 2 DOES strategic IRM planning is linked to strategic mission planning, and 3 management control over the acquisition and operation of information systems is adequate to ensure compliance with federal and DOE IRM policies and requirements.
- Administration and Management
- Non-electrical Energy Conversion
- Computer Systems