The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) news articles and reports continue to highlight problems with federal agencies’ acquisition of new systems or modification of existing systems. Often, in response to these reports, the U.S. Congress fine-tunes existing laws, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) revises policies and puts an emphasis on specific approaches, and individual federal agencies rewrite policies and procedures.
Repeatedly, one hears that current laws and policies are inhibiting the ability of federal agencies to deliver project value relative to new or modified systems. An outsider looking in might further comment that the environment is complicated by the various policies and procedures across federal agencies and even within the agencies’ components. Many agencies adopt portions of the Department of Defense Capital Investment Policies and Procedures, which also continually get adjusted with the latest thinking and/or processes developed to avoid the last set of overruns.
With cross-agency efforts increasing, the plethora of policies and practices are becoming
inhibitors, and are often overwhelming for everyone in the environment.