New GAO Report: "Electronic Government: National Archives and Records Administration's Fiscal Year 2011 Expenditure Plan"
NARA’s fiscal year 2011 expenditure plan satisfies four of the six legislative conditions and partially satisfies two. Specifically, it partially satisfies the condition that NARA meet requirements for reviewing the progress of capital investments, such as ERA. While NARA has held regular meetings with senior-level agency management to review ERA progress, these groups did not document approval of important schedule and scope changes, and NARA did not validate the estimated benefits and costs of deployed ERA capabilities. Further, NARA partially satisfies the condition that the expenditure plan be approved by NARA and the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). NARA approved the expenditure plan in October 2010, but the plan was not approved by OMB. Without approval from OMB, Congress will have limited assurance of the plan’s reliability and accuracy. NARA has fully implemented one of GAO’s four prior recommendations and partially implemented three. It implemented a recommendation to ensure that ERA’s requirements are managed using a disciplined process by, for example, developing a process to keep requirements current. NARA partially implemented three other recommendations.
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