A Senate report accompanying HUD's fiscal year 2012 appropriation mandated the GAO to evaluate, among other things, the department's institutionalization of IT governance. In response, the GAO reported on HUD's IT project management in June 2013.
GAO's objectives for this second review were to determine (1) the extent to which HUD implemented key IT governance practices, including effective cost estimation, and (2) what, if any, cost savings or operational efficiencies HUD has reported achieving as a result of its IT governance practices. To accomplish this, the GAO compared HUD's approach to IT governance with best practices and the department's policies and procedures. The GAO also analyzed reported cost savings and operational efficiencies, along with any available supporting documentation.
The GAO recommends that HUD ensure that its investment review boards operate as intended and complete and update associated policies; fully establish processes including key elements for selecting and overseeing investments; and fully establish a process for identifying, collecting, and reporting data about cost savings and efficiencies.