GAO: Agencies Must Establish ‘Complete’ IT Modernization Plans

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The Government Accountability Office has found that most federal agencies with critical modernization needs haven't established plans for updating their legacy systems. GAO said in a report published Tuesday that the 10 most critical agencies with systems that range from eight to 51 years old are using outdated programming languages, deploy unsupported software and hardware and operate with known security vulnerabilities. 

According to the report, three of the agencies in the list don’t have any documented modernization plans while only two established a strategy with “key practices for success”. Agencies identified in the list include the Office of Personnel and Management as well as the departments of Defense and Homeland Security.

“Until the other eight agencies establish complete modernization plans, they will have an increased risk of cost overruns, schedule delays, and project failure,” GAO noted.

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