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Major Automated Information Systems: Selected Defense Programs Need to Implement Key Acquisition Practices

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In 2011, DOD allotted at least 5.6 billion for designated MAIS programs, which are intended to help the department sustain its key operations. The National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012 mandated that GAO select and assess DOD MAIS programs annually through March 2018. This report discusses the results of GAO s first annual assessment. The act directed GAO to 1 describe the extent to which selected MAIS programs have stayed within planned cost and schedule estimates and met performance targets, 2 assess selected MAIS programs actions to manage risks, and 3 assess the extent to which selected MAIS programs used key information technology acquisition best practices. To do so, GAO selected 14 of the 48 DOD MAIS programs based on several factors, including size of total life-cycle costs, and summarized the results of analyses of cost, schedule, and performance across the programs. Further, GAO selected 3 of the 14 programs one Army, one Air Force, and one Navy and analyzed their risk management actions and assessed them against best practices for requirements management and project monitoring and control. GAO recommends that DOD direct the Army program to address weaknesses in its risk management and IVV practices. DOD concurred with these two recommendations and provided additional information that removed the need for a third potential recommendation regarding leadership on the Air Force program.

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  • Economics and Cost Analysis
  • Computer Systems
  • Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies

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