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Information Technology: Government-Wide Guidelines and Management Assistance Center Needed To Improve ADP Systems Development

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General Accounting Office, Information Technology: Government-Wide Guidelines and Management Assistance Center Needed To Improve ADP Systems Development (AFMD-81-20) (Feb. 20, 1981) (full-text).

Overview Edit

In more than 57 reports in the past 10 years, the GAO has identified management weaknesses in the design and development of large, complex Federal data processing systems. These systems:

  • were not cost effective
  • did not meet user needs
  • had prolonged development cycle and cost overruns, or
  • simply did not work.

The GAO suggests a framework of principles and procedures for managing systems development which could be the basis for issuing Government-wide guidelines. The earlier recommendation that a management assistance center for computer software and systems development be established was reiterated.

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