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OMB: Duplicate IT Projects
The OMB has issued a memo requiring agencies to show OMB their internal IT review procedures for eliminating redundant investments. Agency CIO’s will be required to submit a joint statement to Karen Evans, administrator for E-government and IT, confirming the agency is neither planning nor scheduled to duplicate IT investments or acquisitions.
“’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.’”
“‘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.’”