Senate gets tough on agencies over Clinger-Cohen
- By Diane Frank
- Apr 11, 2000
The Senate Governmental Affairs Committee on Monday sent out letters to
24 federal agencies asking them how close they are to compliance with the
Clinger-Cohen Act of 1996 and what types of benefits the agencies have seen
from the use of technology.
Chairman Fred Thompson (R-Tenn.) and Ranking Member Joseph Lieberman (D-Conn.)
have expressed concern about agencies' progress toward putting in place
the act's provisions, which include new processes for acquiring and managing
information technology. In the four years since the law passed, many IT
programs and acquisitions have failed in one way or another, according to
a release from the committee.
The letters include questions on the range of IT issues addressed in the
Clinger-Cohen Act such as:
* Effective use of agency chief information officers.
* Agency benefits from capital planning and investment control processes.
* Managing IT for overall performance and results.
* Impact on business processes.
* Agency acquisition of information technology.
Thompson and Lieberman cited problems such as the unexpected increase in
the cost of the Justice Department's fingerprint matching system from $470
million to $640 million. The senators also expressed concern about the cancellation
of expensive programs such as the Internal Revenue Service's Tax Systems
Modernization project, on which the agency spent $3.3 billion before abandoning.
The IRS replaced that system with the $5 billion Prime program, which the
agency has just begun developing.