GAO Urges OMB to Increase ‘High-Priority’ Program Oversight

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The Government Accountability Office has recommended the Office of Management and Budget to increase its oversight and continue issuing reports on high-priority programs and U.S. Digital Service projects.

According to a report published Tuesday OMB’s Office of E-Government and Information Technology used a structured approach to determine the top 10 high priority IT programs from a list of agency projects that required additional oversight.

E-Gov staff members noted the programs were given greater oversight through quarterly meetings with OMB members and frequent discussions with the agency chief information officer.

GAO however noted the Federal CIO was not involved with the progress of any of the top 10 programs due to the volume of programs currently underway.

The watchdog agency pointed out that Federal CIO involvement previously impacted the development of programs including troubled projects through TechStat reviews.

The Government Accountability Office report also covered the incomplete nature of USDS reports issued to Congress regarding key projects and added such reports were not released on a quarterly basis as directed.

GAO noted the continued reports on the top 10 high priority programs will help boost congressional oversight and efforts of IT governance entities to provide stakeholders with information.

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