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GAO: OMB, Federal Agencies Implemented 46% of 800 Auditors’ IT Reform Recommendations

Federal agencies and the Office of Management and Budget have implemented 46 percent of the Government Accountability Office‘s 800 recommendations on information technology acquisitions and operations management.

GAO said Tuesday the number of implementations as of October 2016 reflects a 23 percent increase compared to the percentage reported in 2015.

Auditors added agencies closed 3,125 of 10,584 total data centers and achieved $2.8 billion in cost savings and avoidances through fiscal year 2015 out of the $8.2 billion goal that was set for fiscal year 2019.

A GAO report in June found that agencies did not fully consider risks when rating major investments on the IT Dashboard and that GAO’s assessments of risks facing 95 investments did not match the chief information officer’s ratings 73 times.

GAO reported in August that 22 agencies planned to deliver usable functionality every six months from 64 percent of 469 active software development projects for fiscal year 2016.

Seven selected agencies provided different percentages of such software projects on the IT Dashboard compared to what was reported to GAO.

The government watchdog noted it will continue to monitor agencies’ efforts to address the oversight and execution of the data center consolidation initiative; the IT Dashboard’s accuracy and reliability; and incremental development policies.

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