Weather Service modernization lagging

The General Accounting Office reported last month that the National Weather Service's Advanced Weather Interactive Processing System is not scheduled for deployment until June, and then "with less than full functionality.

"Until AWIPS is deployed and functioning properly, NWS will not be able to take full advantage of the $4.5 billion investment it has made in the modernization to date," GAO concluded.

In its report, which is part of GAO's series on "Major Management Challenges and Program Risks" at federal agencies, GAO also reported that the Commerce Department must improve its financial management to comply with federal accounting standards and effectively reconcile and close its books at year's end. In addition, most bureaus in Commerce "lack effective automated systems to support sound financial management."

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