OMB releases list of high risk IT projects

OMB releases list of high risk IT projects

The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) last week released a list of high risk IT projects as a result of the review it ordered in July.  The list includes 26 projects from 15 agencies.  The lifecycle costs of 23 of the projects totals $30 billion.  The costs of three DoD projects (the Navy’s Future Pay and Personnel System and the Army and Air Force’s Integrated Pay and Personnel System) will not be available until September.  The total lifecycle costs of the fourth DoD system listed—Expeditionary Combat Support System (ECSS)—was $2 billion.  ECSS is being designed to replace over 700 Air Force legacy IT systems to streamline the AF logistics supply chain.  According to FederalTimes.com, federal CIO Vivek Kundra told reporters in a conference call that the goal was not to kill these programs, but to make them operate “better and faster.”  According to the plan outlined in the July memo, agencies will now have one month to develop improvement plans for the projects on the list. The plans should include stronger contractor performance metrics and revised acquisition strategies with specific corrective actions for achieving improvement goals.  After the plans are submitted, they will be reviewed in TechStat Accountability Sessions, which will be led by the CIO.  OMB will use the outcomes of these sessions when reviewing FY2012 budgets. 

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