GAO guides Coast Guard on IT
- By Paula Shaki Trimble
- Dec 17, 2000
The Coast Guard needs to work harder to execute the policies and procedures
it sets for managing its information technology acquisitions and programs,
according to a Dec. 12 report by the General Accounting Office.
The GAO report, "Information Technology Management: Coast Guard Practices
Can Be Improved," provides formal recommendations to Transportation Secretary
Rodney Slater on how to improve IT management at the Coast Guard based on
a briefing given to a House subcommittee in September.
* Develop written procedures to guide IT Investment Board operations.
* Establish an IT oversight process that compares actual cost and schedule
data with original estimates for all projects to determine whether investments
are proceeding as expected and to take corrective actions as appropriate.
* Develop and oversee a comprehensive IT investment portfolio.
* Initiate software acquisition process improvement efforts to address
weaknesses in requirements development and management and acquisition risk
* Implement a complete, effective security awareness program.
* Develop and implement a centralized mechanism to monitor and enforce
compliance with physical security and information systems security policies.
* Assess the IT civilian workforce to identify knowledge and skill requirements
The Coast Guard spent about $197 million on 81 IT initiatives in fiscal
2000, according to the GAO report. Four are major IT acquisitions that are
being tracked by the Coast Guard: the National Distress and Response System
modernization, the Ports and Waterways Safety System, Marine Information
for Safety and Law Enforcement system, and the Fleet Logistics System.