DHS Must Improve IT Acquisition Process: GAO Report

Law360, New York (July 29, 2011, 6:15 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security should make better use of outside, independent reviews to prevent cost overruns in its information technology programs, according to a U.S. Government Accountability Office report published Thursday.

Since its creation in 2003, the DHS has been developing new IT systems for both mission-critical and administrative work, but has struggled to get its money's worth, the GAO said. The DHS makes inconsistent use of independent verification and validation of development plans to get an objective assessment of a project’s costs and...
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