Homeland Security: Progress Made to Implement IT Reform, but Additional Chief Information Officer Involvement Needed, Report to Congressional Requesters [open pdf - 5MB]
From the highlights section within the document: "In 2014, Congress enacted IT [Information Technology] reform legislation, referred to as FITARA, which includes provisions related to seven areas of IT acquisition management. In 2015, OMB [Office of Management and Budget] released FITARA implementation guidance that outlined agency CIO [Chief Information Officer] responsibilities and required agencies to develop action plans for implementing the guidance. This report examines, among other things, the extent to which DHS has implemented selected action plans and the key challenges that DHS has faced in implementing selected FITARA provisions. To do so, GAO [Government Accountability Office] analyzed DHS's efforts to implement a sample of 31 of 109 action plans that DHS had reported as complete and that described later-stage implementation steps. To determine challenges, GAO analyzed and compared DHS documentation, including a random sample of IT-related contracts and agreements, to selected FITARA provisions to identify gaps between what was required by FITARA and what DHS had implemented. These provisions required, among other things, significant coordination between DHS headquarters and five components. [...] GAO is making 7 recommendations to DHS to ensure that it fully and effectively implements FITARA. Among other things, GAO recommends that DHS fully implement the action plans and address challenges related to CIO contract approval and evaluation of risk. DHS concurred with all 7 recommendations and provided estimated completion dates for implementing each of them."
Government Accountability Office: http://www.gao.gov/