Information Technology: Implementation of IT Reform Law and Related Initiatives Can Help Improve Acquisitions, Statement of David A. Powner, Director, Information Technology Management Issues, Testimony Before the Subcommittees on Information Technology and Government Operations, Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, House of Representatives   [open pdf - 332KB]

"The federal government is projected to invest more than $89 billion on IT [information technology] in fiscal year 2017. Historically, these investments have frequently failed, incurred cost overruns and schedule slippages, or contributed little to mission-related outcomes. Accordingly, in December 2014, IT reform legislation was enacted, aimed at improving agencies' acquisitions of IT. Further, in February 2015, GAO [Government Accountabilty Office] added improving the management of IT acquisitions and operations to its high-risk list. This statement focuses on the status of federal efforts in improving the acquisition of IT. Specifically, this statement summarizes GAO's prior work primarily published between June 2013 and February 2017 on (1) key IT workforce planning activities, (2) risk levels of major investments as reported on OMB's [Office of Management and Budget] IT Dashboard, and (3) implementation of incremental development practices, among other issues. Between fiscal years 2010 and 2015, GAO made 803 recommendations to OMB and federal agencies to address shortcomings in IT acquisitions and operations. The significance of these recommendations contributed to the addition of this area to GAO's high-risk list. As of December 2016, OMB and the agencies had fully implemented 366 (or about 46 percent) of the 803 recommendations. In fiscal year 2016, GAO made 202 new recommendations, thus further reinforcing the need for OMB and agencies to address the shortcomings GAO has identified."

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