Information Technology: Potentially Duplicative Investments Exist at the Departments of Defense and Energy
GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY OFFICE WASHINGTON DC
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Information technology should enable government to better serve the American people. However, according to OMB, despite spending more than 600 billion on IT over the past decade, the federal government has achieved little of the productivity improvements that private industry has realized from IT. Too often, federal IT projects run over budget, behind schedule, or fail to deliver promised functionality. In combating this problem, proper oversight is critical. Both OMB and federal agencies have key roles and responsibilities for overseeing IT investment management. OMB is responsible for working with agencies to ensure investments are appropriately planned and justified. Additionally, each year, OMB and federal agencies work together to determine how much the government plans to spend on IT projects and how these funds are to be allocated.
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