A Better Management Information System Is Needed to Promote Information Sharing, Effective Planning, and Coordination of Afghanistan Reconstruction Activities
SPECIAL INSPECTOR GENERAL FOR AFGHANISTAN RECONSTRUCTION ARLINGTON VA
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The U.S. Government has appropriated about 38 billion to fund reconstruction and development activities in Afghanistan since 2001. This report examines the use of management information systems by U.S. agencies and commands to track and report on reconstruction efforts in Afghanistan and the extent to which these systems are integrated. We conducted our review from March to June 2009 in Kabul, Afghanistan where we obtained information from documents and interviews with U.S. officials, from the Department of State, the U.S. Agency for International Development, and the Department of Defense. Our work was conducted in accordance with generally accepted government auditing standards. Key U.S. agencies and commands in Afghanistan have management information systems for collecting data on their reconstruction activities, but there is no single management information system that provides complete and accurate information of all completed, underway, and planned reconstruction activities. While these U.S. entities indicated they utilize fairly mature and established management information systems for financial and accounting purposes, the availability and use of management information systems for project management varied significantly and provided little opportunity for sharing information without considerable effort. Sharing of reconstruction information between agencies and commands typically occurs through periodic meetings and manually intensive processes involving spreadsheets, presentations, and other ad hoc reports. An integrated management information system that provides a common operating picture of all U.S. reconstruction activities in Afghanistan would provide essential information for the decision-makers to better plan, coordinate, monitor, and report on U.S. activities.
- Administration and Management
- Information Science