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GAO: DHS Should Involve Executive Steering Panel in HR IT Investment Management

DHS - ExecutiveMosaicThe Government Accountability Office has called on the Department of Homeland Security to involve the executive steering committee in the management of the human resources information technology investment.

GAO said in a report released Thursday that only one – HRIT intake process – out of 15 strategic improvement areas for the implementation of DHS’ HRIT investment achieved full implementation as of November 2015.

DHS launched the investment program in 2003 in an effort to integrate, consolidate and update the department’s HRIT infrastructure.

Only five of the other improvement areas that were expected to achieve completion between December 2012 and September 2014 have reached the partial implementation status, according to the congressional audit agency.

These include data management and sharing, personnel action processing, human resources document management, performance management and payroll action processing.

GAO also recommended that DHS should draft a cost-estimate for the life cycle of the HRIT investment and set time frames for the reassessment of the program.

“Until DHS takes key actions to manage this neglected investment, it is unknown when its human capital management weaknesses will be addressed,” Carol Cha, director for IT acquisition management issues at GAO, wrote in the report.

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