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Projects that run over budget or never become opera- tional have long been the ugly reality of federal IT. Now the House Oversight and Government Reform Commit- tee is demanding that the Of ce of Management and Budget hold agencies responsible for lavish failures. Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) said botched proj- ects make up 75 percent of all large federal IT programs and that a considerable portion of agencies IT budgets go to sustaining archaic systems, wasting as much as $20 billion a year. "But let s understand: In this case, it s not the waste of the $20 billion, it s what that $20 billion could do [if] properly applied to our transparency into our govern- ment," Issa said. "The leveraging of $20 billion to save $200 billion is why it s essential that we x this part of government that seems to be so broken." In the past decade, federal IT cost taxpayers $600 billion, some of which was spent on expensive, redun- dant systems and projects. Rep. John Mica (R-Fla.), chairman of the Government Operations Subcommit- tee, cited a Government Accountability Of ce report showing that the federal government funded 622 human resources systems, 580 nancial management systems and 777 supply chain management systems in 2011. Those duplicative resources add up to "some pretty signi cant costs," Mica said. But money has also been poured into systems that never see daylight. Mica urged OMB to hold the responsible parties accountable. "OMB has to be willing to step up and take responsibility and say, The buck stops here, " he said. --- Camille Tuutti House committee targets wasteful IT spending Be part of the conversation: Follow @FCWNow on Twitter. February 2013 FCW.COM 9 UPCOMING WEBCAST | MARCH 5, 2013 The Building Blocks of Cloud Computing BROUGHT TO YOU BY SPONSORED BY Join us for the second webcast in this three-part series titled "3 Strategies for Lowering the Cost of Government through IT Innovation". Register for the second session, "The Building Blocks of Cloud Computing: How to Boost the Ef ciency, Availability and ROI of the Enterprise through Virtualization", to learn how to migrate easily. You'll hear from federal IT leaders and pioneers in cloud computing as they share their best practices and lessons learned, including: How virtualization can increase ef ciency, availability and ROI in your organization What to plan for when migrating to the cloud -- the hidden potholes along the way How to avoid derailing cloud adoption early in the planning stages Stay tuned for more information on this series: WWW.FCW.COM/CLOUDBUILDINGBLOCKS REGISTER NOW FOR THIS FREE WEBCAST AT: WWW.FCW.COM/CLOUDBUILDINGBLOCKS Thanks again @Frank_Konkel for the #SocialGov analysis post in @FCWNow http://ow.ly/h5O7e - social data can be critical to missions... 10:02AM-24Jan13 Justin Herman @JustinHerman Reply Retweet Favorite
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