OMB to agencies: No duplicate IT projects? Prove it

OMB to agencies: No duplicate IT projects? Prove it

The Office of Management and Budget is continuing to clamp down on agencies that duplicate spending on projects similar to those of the 25 e-government or Lines of Business consolidation initiatives.

Karen Evans, administrator for e-government and IT, and Rob Burton, deputy administrator of the Office of Federal Procurement Policy, recently issued a memo requiring agencies to show OMB their internal IT review procedures for eliminating or heading off redundant investments.

'We want verification that agencies have these processes in place,' Evans said. 'If agencies are doing their capital planning and IT investment controls, and if CIOs are making sure these policies are being used, and this memo makes that assumption, then OMB is just performing its oversight role.'

Agency CIOs, chief acquisition officers and senior procurement executives will have to submit 'a joint statement to Evans' office each quarter confirming the agency is neither planning nor scheduled to duplicate IT investments or acquisitions,' the memo said.

OMB will then include this confirmation as a part of its quarterly President's Management Agenda evaluations, Evans said.

'The administration has been focused on getting agencies to look at business cases and make decisions whether their investments are the right ones, and now we are asking for the documentation that shows they are doing it,' Evans said. 'A lot of what we are doing now is looking at the execution of the plans we've put in place over the last few years.'

This latest memo follows fiscal 2004 guidance on SmartBuy that required agencies to issue instructions to eliminate duplicative IT spending for all projects worth more than $2 million

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