System Effectiveness

Making Air Force's Acquisition Management Information System More Useful Gao ID: IMTEC-87-11 March 11, 1987

GAO assessed the Air Force Acquisition Management Information System's (AMIS) effectiveness in providing the Air Force with efficient contract administration information support.

GAO found that fewer personnel than expected used AMIS, despite its timesaving benefits, because: (1) AMIS data were incomplete and inaccurate, thus encouraging potential users to rely on manual records for the information they needed; and (2) potential users lacked training, which discouraged them from using AMIS. GAO also found that AMIS was not as effective as it could have been because the Air Force had neither: (1) developed and periodically tested a system disaster recovery plan; nor (2) performed required audits to ensure that the system's needed internal controls were in place and functioning properly. GAO concluded that, if the Air Force corrects AMIS deficiencies, AMIS will become more usable.


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