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GAO: Pentagon’s Automated IT Program Reporting Needs Improvement

acquisition policyThe Government Accountability Office has called on the Defense Department to implement corrective actions for reporting of critical changes related to schedule, cost or system performance goals of DoD’s major automated information system programs.

GAO said Wednesday it evaluated 18 MAIS acquisition efforts at the department that experienced a critical program change and found that 16 of those initiatives did not comply with a 60-day reporting requirement.

DoD officials interviewed by the government watchdog said they think the reporting period is not long enough for them to complete program assessments.

The agency added that the department does not have an internal control system to ensure that MAIS programs that do not report critical changes to Congress on time will not obligate contract funds as required by law.

GAO recommended that DoD develop strategies to address management challenges for its MAIS investments as well as indicate on the Federal IT Dashboard that the Office of Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics is also responsible for such programs.

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