GAO, DOD don't see eye to eye on architecture

The Defense Department has made limited progress on its business enterprise architecture even after three years of effort and more than $203 million in expenditures, the General Accounting Office has found.

In a report released last week, DOD Business Systems Modernization: Limited Progress in Development of Business Enterprise Architecture and Oversight of IT Investments, auditors said DOD still has no one responsible for overseeing the business architecture. Also, GAO found that DOD has not defined performance metrics to evaluate the architecture's quality, content and utility.

IBM Corp. is building the business enterprise architecture for DOD's Business Management Modernization program office. DOD plans eventually to whittle 2,300 business systems down to one integrated business system.

This is GAO's fourth report on DOD's business enterprise architecture. Other reports were issued in May 2001, February 2003 and September 2003.

Defense disagreed with GAO's finding, saying in a written response that although progress over the past three years has been slower than the department or GAO would like, it has been significant.

To see GAO's report, go to www.gcn.com and enter 246 in the GCN.com/box.

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