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Army Corporate Data Base Disregards Congressional and DOD Direction Gao ID: IMTEC-90-64 July 19, 1990

Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Department of the Army's effort to develop a corporate database.

GAO found that: (1) eight Army information system development initiatives are pursuing the objectives of the cancelled Corporate Database Project; (2) the initiatives at the major command and installation levels primarily involve the development of standard databases; (3) the Army's management of the initiatives lacks a coordinated implementation plan and guidance; (4) the Army is not sure that the initiatives will work and will not duplicate others; (5) the Army is not sure that the initiatives will be able to exchange data useful to Army decisionmakers, because it has not fully implemented its data standardization program; (6) organizations controlling seven of the eight initiatives did not comply with economic analysis and determination requirements prior to system development; (7) the Army does not know whether the most economical approach has been selected for the seven initiatives or the cost for initiative development; and (8) the Army did not know how much had been spent on the initiatives because the organizations controlling them did not fully track costs.


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