DOD praised on IT purchase tracking

GAO Report: Defense Acquisitions: Collection and Reporting of Information Technology Purchases

The Defense Department is on schedule to meet a congressional requirement to track purchases of information technology products and services, the General Accounting Office reported.

Under the fiscal 2001 Defense authorization bill, DOD was required to collect specific procurement data on its purchases of IT products and services beginning Oct. 30, 2001. Furthermore, the law mandated that DOD submit its first annual report on the data collection to congressional committees by March 15, 2002.

"DOD is making good progress in meeting congressional requirements," the Jan. 28 GAO report said. "It has modified appropriate data collection systems to enable them to collect and report all mandated data."

DOD now collects IT procurement data centrally, and the armed services and civilian agencies began collecting the mandated data Oct. 1, 2001, GAO said in its report, "Defense Acquisitions: Collection and Reporting of Information Technology Purchases."

The data includes which products or services are purchased and for how much, whether they are commercial items, and how the purchase was completed. The data will show how much competition was involved.

DOD was planning to spend $20.3 billion on IT in fiscal 2001, and lawmakers said it was "imperative that DOD have visibility over how these funds are spent," the report said.

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Christopher J. Dorobek is the co-anchor of Federal News Radio’s afternoon drive program, The Daily Debrief with Chris Dorobek and Amy Morris, and the founder, publisher and editor of the, a leading blog for the Federal IT community.

Dorobek joined Federal News Radio in 2008 with 16 years of experience covering government issues with an emphasis on government information technology. Prior to joining Federal News Radio, Dorobek was editor-in-chief of Federal Computer Week, the leading news magazine for government IT decision-makers and the flagship of the 1105 Government Information Group portfolio of publications. As editor-in-chief, Dorobek served as a member of the senior leadership team at 1105 Government Information Group, providing daily editorial direction and management for FCW magazine,, Government Health IT and its other editorial products.

Dorobek joined FCW in 2001 as a senior reporter and assumed increasing responsibilities, becoming managing editor and executive editor before being named editor-in-chief in 2006. Prior to joining FCW, Dorobek was a technology reporter at, one of the first online community centers for current and former government employees. He also spent five years at Government Computer News, another leading industry publication, covering a variety of federal IT-related issues.

Dorobek is a frequent speaker on issues involving the government IT industry, and has appeared as a frequent contributor to NewsChannel 8’s Federal News Today program. He began his career as a reporter at the Foster’s Daily Democrat, a daily newspaper in Dover, N.H. He is a graduate of the University of Southern California. He lives in Washington, DC.


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