Project Scheduling Best Practices in an Agile Environment

This is the second article in a series on project scheduling best practices. The first article, GAO Scheduling Best Practices, can be found here. With the growing adoption of Agile project management methodologies, many organizations now employ some combination of traditional project management and Agile project management tools. While Agile … [Read more...]

GAO Scheduling Best Practices

Government acquisitions rely on project scheduling for successful program execution. An integrated master schedule (IMS) allows all stakeholders to understand activity interdependencies and managers to make informed decisions about balancing program cost, schedule and scope. Of particular importance is how program costs are impacted due to … [Read more...]

GAO Reports on DATA Act Governance

Mention the Federal Government, and it is impossible not to picture mountains of data. The Digital Accountability and Transparency Act (DATA Act) is intended to provide a structure, which includes the creation of Federal data standards, in order to more effectively use and analyze the significant amount of available Government data. The intent of … [Read more...]

GAO – Stronger Cybersecurity Controls Needed

It’s hardly a secret that Federal systems experience cyber-based threats. While some are targeted attacks, others are unintentional and linked to events such as equipment failure. Managers are understandably concerned, given that reported information security incidents have risen from 5,503 in fiscal year (FY) 2006 to 67,168 for FY 2014, according … [Read more...]

Strengthening DOD Supply Chain Management

Since 1990, Department of Defense (DOD) supply chain management has been a documented high-risk area on the Government Accountability Office (GAO) High-Risk List. The GAO reports that the DOD "manages more than 5 million secondary inventory items, such as spare parts, with a reported value of approximately $98 Billion." To create more effective … [Read more...]

IT Acquisition Added to GAO High Risk List

The United States Government invests nearly $80 billion annually for IT functions. Despite initiatives to better administer these acquisitions, IT investments continue to experience program failures on a massive scale. Over a 5 year period, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) recommended over 700 improvements for IT acquisitions and … [Read more...]

GAO: Using Program Evaluations for More Effective Management

The Government Performance and Results Modernization Act of 2010 (GPRAMA) was intended to provide federal leaders with objective program effectiveness information and aid in federal agency decision-making. However, a Government Accountability Office (GAO) survey of federal managers, GAO-13-518, indicated a widespread absence of program evaluations, … [Read more...]