Information Technology Reform: Agencies Need to Improve Certification of Incremental Development, Report to Congressional Committees [open pdf - 8MB]
"Investments in federal IT [information technology] too often result in failed projects that incur cost overruns and schedule slippages. Recognizing the severity of issues related to government-wide IT management, Congress enacted federal IT acquisition reform legislation in December 2014. Among other things, the law states that OMB [Office of Management and Budget] require in its annual IT capital planning guidance that CIOs [Chief Information Officer] certify that IT investments are adequately implementing incremental development. GAO [Government Accountability Office] was asked to review agencies' use of incremental development. This report addresses the number of investments certified by agency CIOs as implementing adequate incremental development and any reported challenges, and whether agencies' CIO certification policies and processes were in accordance with FITARA [Federal IT Acquisition Reform Act]. GAO analyzed data for major IT investments in development, as reported by 24 agencies, and identified their reported challenges and use of certification information. GAO also reviewed the 24 agencies' policies and processes for the CIO certification of incremental development and interviewed OMB staff."
Government Accountability Office: http://www.gao.gov/