Winners and losers on the enhanced Federal IT Dashboard

IT dashboard contains ratings for 797 federal IT projects

The Social Security Administration got the highest overall rating for IT projects, while the Veterans Affairs Department received the lowest, according to the updated online Federal IT Dashboard.

The dashboard can now be accessed through a new website, IT.usaspending.gov, and has additional information to evaluate and track nearly 800 federal IT projects, according to the White House’s new Open Government status report released on Sept. 16.

“IT.usaspending.gov is a new information clearinghouse that allows the public visually to track approximately $80 billion in federal IT initiatives and to hold the government accountable for its investments in new IT,” the report states.


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The enhanced IT dashboard presents project ratings for federal agencies as well as for individual IT projects.

The agencies that earned the highest overall rating for their IT projects were the SSA, rated 9.3 out of 10; Energy Department, 9.1; National Science Foundation, 9.0; NASA, 8.6; and Smithsonian Institution, 8.2.

The lowest rated were the VA, 4.8; Homeland Security Department, 6.1; Commerce Department, 6.1; Health and Human Services Department, 6.7; and Treasury Department, 6.7.

The IT Dashboard also has information about 797 federal IT projects.

For example, it shows six projects that cost a total of $309 million that earned a “zero” rating, meaning that the spending was lowest in terms of its cost effectiveness, schedule, and agency CIO evaluation. Two of those projects are at the VA; two at the Transportation Department, and one each at Homeland Security and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

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Reader comments

Tue, Oct 18, 2011 Get real EPA

What the dashboard shows, new or old, is not a source of project truth, but management posture and positioning. None of the EPM systems involved (to the extent there are any) actually feed the dashboard unfiltered: they are all fed manually with actual PM information massaged in between. Many of the milestones are meaningless even if they did have actual project information present. Take the case of EPA's Enterprise Content Management project. Can anyone explain technology project milestones five, ten, or fifteen years into the future? Bottom line: there isn't enough PM competence to make transparency anything but illusory and even where there is PM competence, it gets obscured by management and executive filtering.

Wed, Sep 21, 2011

Is this unbiased and accurate info? It's all reported by the CIOs in charge of the programs!

Tue, Sep 20, 2011

I went to the website and when I clicked on one of the systems the data was months old. This is not good data... maybe the administration is trying to hide problems?

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