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US Government Efforts to Assess Agency IT Planning Need to Improve

10/02/2015 by Sharon Shahzad

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Many have attempted to shed light on federal information technology (IT) projects and improve them for increased cost efficiency and service delivery. However, waste and failure continue to pervade IT projects through cost overruns, insufficient planning, lack of leadership, poor communication, bad project management, and schedule delays that, in turn, end up costing taxpayers billions (e.g. HealthCare.gov, SBInet, Expeditionary Combat Support System). For decades, the federal government has attempted to curb such wasteful spending on low efficiency, duplicative, or low priority IT investments. Over the past 10 years, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has been particularly active in creating tools for agencies to regularly assess their IT maturity, Chief Information Officer (CIO) objectives, enterprise architecture, and investment level against common criteria for IT planning to improve project management, transparency, accountability, and performance. The OMB’s efforts include the Federal IT Dashboard, PortfolioStat, and TechStat—each seeking to affix metrics to IT projects. Each of the efforts has encountered significant challenges that mitigated their effectiveness.

IT Dashboard – Inconsistencies and Subjectivities

In 2009, the OMB launched the Federal IT Dashboard to report the performance of major IT investments in an effort to increase transparency and facilitate public monitoring of public investments. In addition to public accountability, the OMB began using it to identify at-risk investments. The site displays agencies’ cost, schedule, and performance data for over 700 major IT investments. They are intended to offer a near-real-time perspective on the performance of the investment as well as a historical perspective.

This article has been extracted from http://www.brookings.edu, please click on this link to read the article in full http://www.brookings.edu/blogs/techtank/posts/2015/02/10-government-it-assessment

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