Information Technology: Departments of Defense and Energy Need to Address Potentially Duplicative Investments
GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY OFFICE WASHINGTON DC
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The federal government spends billions of dollars on information technology IT each year, with such investments accounting for at least 79 billion in fiscal year 2011. Given the size of these investments, it is important that federal agencies avoid duplicative investments when possible to ensure the most efficient use of resources. GAO has previously reported on initiatives under way to address potentially duplicative IT investments i.e., investments providing similar functions across the government. GAO was asked to review the extent to which potentially duplicative IT investments exist within three categories at selected agencies the Departments of Defense DOD, Energy DOE, and Homeland Security DHS and actions these agencies are taking to address them. To accomplish this, GAO analyzed budget data on agency IT investments, reviewed agency information related to efforts to address duplication, and interviewed agency officials.
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