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GAO Shows Concern On Pentagon IT System Management

The Government Accountability Office released a report concluding that the Defense Department uses a high-risk method to manage its business information technology systems, David Perera reports for FierceGovernment IT.

According to the June 1 audit, the Pentagon’s challenges include its practice of confirming and approving business system modernization projects worth more than $1 million.

Auditors said the department approved many of the projects without having enough information.

An exact count of its business systems differs depending on the inventory being assessed as the department’s 2012 budget request says there are 1,657 business systems.

However, the Defense Information Technology Portfolio Repository, considered the department’s authoritative business systems inventory, says the Pentagon has 2,179 business systems, Perera reported.

Department officials in said April declared that a single investment board for business system modernization projects will be stood up in October but structure and guidance are both still being developed, according to the report.

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