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FCW : March 15, 2015
BackStory High risk, by the numbers 34 March 15, 2015 FCW.COM Improving the management of IT acquisitions and operations was added to the Government Accountability Office’s 2015 High Risk List. Here’s why — and what to watch for next. 183 of agencies’ 759 major IT investments were flagged as needing management attention, with 34 of them prompting serious concerns: 4% 20% Needs attention 76% Normal 34 investments ($1.5 billion) 149 investments ($10.8 billion) 576 investments ($28.7 billion) of GAO’s IT recommendations should be implemented of major acquisitions should deliver functionality every 12 months of projected savings from PorfolioStat and data center consolidation should actually be achieved But don’t hold your breath. For the 23 areas that have made it off the High Risk List, it took an average of nine years for them to do so. And six of the areas on the list have been there since 1990. 730+ recommendations have been made by GAO regarding IT management in the past five years. 23% have been fully implemented. GAO’s magic number for improvement? 80% Less than half of the IT investments GAO examined were delivering functionality within 12 months: DOD DHS DOT HHS VA TOTALS 37 12 20 14 6 Total: 89 Functional: 41 Significant concerns 11 6 11 7 6 0315fcw_034.indd 34 2/23/15 10:20 AM
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