Management briefs

The Information Technology Association of America sent a letter March 18 to Pete Aldridge, undersecretary of Defense for acquisition, technology and logistics, urging the Defense Department to "conduct a full public review and discussion of its proposal" to prohibit those who are not citizens from working on sensitive-but-unclassified IT projects.

ITAA President Harris Miller noted that the potential impact of the draft proposal has not been adequately assessed. "Precipitous action here could make it much more difficult and expensive for the military services to acquire the requisite IT services," Miller said. DOD has not released a copy of the draft proposal.

DLA rapped on IT management

The Defense Logistics Agency is hard at work to improve its information technology investment management strategy, but many enhancements are needed, according to the General Accounting Office.

In a March 15 report, GAO officials noted that the agency only recently began focusing on IT investment management, which has left it "without some of the capabilities that it needs to ensure that its mix of IT investments best meets the agency's mission and business priorities."

Among other things, GAO recommended that DLA develop a plan within six months for improving its IT investment management process and issue guidelines covering the scope and operations of its investment review boards.

Mae De Vincentis, DLA's director of information operations, agreed with most of the recommendations but found it "unsettling" that DLA was "being judged against a document that is an exposure draft." GAO used the draft Information Technology Investment Management maturity framework to assess DLA's practices.

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