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GAO: OMB Falling Behind on IT Budget, Implementation Goals

Government photoThe Government Accountability Office has evaluated the Office of Management and Budget’s information technology projects against its goals and found the agency lagging behind budgetary and deadline targets, Nextgov.com reported Thursday.

Joseph Marks writes GAO’s report shows the OMB failed to validate its claim of $4 billion in savings from TechStat sessions intended to curb potential overbudget and past-deadline IT projects.

“Until OMB obtains and shares information on the methods used to validate reported results, it will be difficult for the results to be independently validated and for OMB to provide assurance to Congress and the public that TechStats are achieving their intended impact,” GAO stated in its report.

The office reviewed four agencies and confirmed only $22 million in savings, Nextgov.com reported.

GAO said OMB had implemented TechStats on nearly one-fifth of potentially overbudget IT projects, according to the website.

Meanwhile, the Agriculture, Commerce, Homeland Security and Health and Human Services departments followed TechStats recommendations on close to one-third of similar projects, GAO said.

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