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Sunday, January 07, 2007

IG concerned about GPO transformation

The Government Printing Office faces numerous technology challenges in the year ahead, according to the agency's inspector general.

In fact, four of GPO's 10 top management objectives listed in a recent report have a strong information technology element. The GPO’s semiannual report to Congress, covering a time span from April 1 to Sept. 30, points to a number of IT initiatives as central to its modernization. The report, however, also questions the agency’s ability to obtain the technology it needs.

“[W]e have also become increasingly concerned with the agency’s ability to efficiently and effectively acquire the high-technology goods and services necessary to transform to a 21st century information processing and disseminating operation,” states the report.

GPO’s IT-oriented management objectives include the improvement of financial management. GPO seeks to migrate its current financial and business systems to an integrated system based on Oracle enterprise applications. “Investment in the integrated system presents both great opportunities for enhanced efficiency and cost savings, and significant risk in the event the system does not meet user requirements,” the report states.

The IG, working with a consultant, identified several vulnerabilities in the Oracle initiative. Among the concerns were inadequate staffing, lack of performance metrics, and lack of “an effective method to manage program progress.”

-John Moore, FCW.com

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