Agencies lax on Clinger-Cohen
- By Diane Frank
- Oct 23, 2000
Governmental Affairs Committee report
Agencies are not applying most of the information technology management
practices outlined in the Clinger-Cohen Act, leaving them without a clear
understanding of how IT is helping them achieve agency missions, according
to a congressional report released Friday.
Sen. Fred Thompson (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Governmental Affairs
Committee, issued the report six months after he and ranking committee member
Sen. Joseph Lieberman (D-Conn.) sent letters to 24 agencies asking for an
update on the Clinger-Cohen implementation process.
The 1996 act established the position of the chief information officer
and put in place the basis for a comprehensive IT capital planning process.
But according to the responses turned in by agencies, most are not using
these advantages, the report states.
The report focuses on nine findings, including:
* Roles, reporting relationships and boundaries of authority among CIOs
within large executive agencies and departments are not clearly established.
* IT capital planning and investment control processes have not been
fully implemented governmentwide.
* The quality of data for the assessments of major IT investments and
initiatives for decision-making and for measuring progress is questionable.
* Fewer than half of the agencies reported requiring process re-engineering
of mission-related processes before making significant IT investment in
support of those missions.
Thompson makes 12 general recommendations for how agencies can fully
comply with Clinger-Cohen, including giving CIOs authority and control over
the IT investment and planning process and increasing the project management
and capital planning skills of their IT workforce.