In Senate committee testimony yesterday, the Government Accountability Office revealed that federal agencies have identified approximately 227 IT projects -- totaling at least $10.4 billion in expenditures for fiscal year 2008 -- as being poorly planned (on the Management Watch List), poorly performing (on the High Risk List with performance shortfalls), or both.

OMB determined that 103 projects (totaling about $4.5 billion) are poorly planned. In addition, agencies reported that 91 of their high risk projects (totaling about $1.8 billion) were poorly performing. Thirty-three projects (totaling about $4.1 billion) are both poorly planned and poorly performing.

The report titled: Information Technology: Further Improvements Needed to identify and Oversee Poorly Planned and Performing Projects, cited the Department of Treasury's Electronic Fraud Detection System as being poorly planned, the Social Security Administration's Disability Service Improvement project as poorly performing, and the Department of Homeland Security's Secure Border Initiative Net Technology Program as being both poorly planned and poorly performing.

Wayne Hanson  |  Editor