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An investigation was conducted on the design, development, implementation, and operation of the Defense Integrated Data System. The extent to which the system will accomplish the objectives set forth for it by the Department of Defense (DOD) was evaluated.
The GAO found that a valid need exists for a central Federal repository for item identification and related cataloging data to complement the Federal Supply System. However, it did not presently appear that this system will completely achieve its planned performance objectives, because it is not able to: produce timely, accurate information for its intended users; eliminate the duplicate files and publications created and maintained by the military services; nor efficiently and effectively interchange information with other Defense Department systems.
These conditions were attributable to deficiencies in the system's design, the unwillingness of the military services to fully support and use the system, and the apparent lack of any central authority to enforce user participation. Although about $103 million has been spent on the system so far, DOD had been unable to identify any cost savings or cost avoidance associated with its use.
The GAO recommended that the Congressional Subcommittee on Defense Appropriations should: discuss with concerned officials the existing management plan for the system and the associated cost implications; review any proposed improvements in the management plan; and be apprised of the projected costs to resolve performance problems.