The 345-page Government Accountability Office report, revealing “unnecessary duplication, overlap or fragmentation” in federal programs, landed with a thud on Congress’ doorstep earlier this week.
And, as observers pick through its findings, detailing more than 30 general areas of overlap and a host of duplicated programs, they will find a number of federal IT programs and initiatives targeted in the report.
InformationWeek reports that “several key aspects of the government’s implementation of IT” were singled out in the report as “areas where overlap could be eliminated to help the government provide more efficient and effective services.”
Many of the issues pose challenges governmentwide.
For example, overlap between enterprise architecture — what InformationWeek characterized as the “blue prints” federal agencies use to modernize legacy government IT systems — are too expensive and running behind schedule.
Meanwhile, GAO gave its stamp of approval on the government’s proposals to close a ballooning number of unwieldy and costly data centers but recommended federal Chief Information Officer Vivek Kundra and the Office of Management and Budget continue to play a strong role to ensure such plans are working efficiently.
On the issue of electronic health records, the report advised the Defense Department and the Department of Veterans Affairs to continue to work closely together on an interoperable EHR system.
“Although the financial benefit of reducing duplication in this area is to be determined, a joint approach to electronic health record modernization should not only result in cost savings but also it should improve the departments’ ability to share health information,” the report stated.