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GAO: Communication Key to Address Federal IT Reporting Challenges

DataCenterThe Government Accountability Office has recommended that the Office of Management and Budget communicate priority information technology reforms and associated reporting requirements with federal chief information officers.

GAO surveyed 24 federal CIOs and found that most of them believe only a few reporting controls help their agencies to better manage IT operations, GAO said April 2.

Each agency CIO is required to report on IT capital and strategic planning, systems acquisition, development, integration, security and investment management activities to OMB.

The CIOs who participated in the GAO survey estimate efforts to meet all 36 OMB-provided requirements will cost their organizations $150 million to $380 million a year.

GAO noted that OMB has implemented measures to streamline the federal IT reporting process but did not solicit feedback to address problems that CIOs face when they track current guidelines or use online tools to report IT management data.

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