The DoD requires that its commun. systems be interoperable: that is, that they work together seamlessly so that the right info. gets to the right people at the right time. This report examines DoD's process for "certifying and authorizing interoperability" (CAI); how the process was being applied, incl. whether contracting laws and reg's. have been violated; and the impact of DoD's appl'n. process on the competition. The report found that DoD does not have a well-defined process, incl. clear require., for CAI telecom switches. DoD has not applied its "telecom switch certification and authorization process" (TSCAP) consistently across vendors, and it has violated its own interop. policy. DoD's appl'n. of its TSCAP is influencing vendors' plans for competing for the DoDs bus.
This report reviews the DoDs acquisition of the Composite Health Care System (CHCS) II, an automated medical info. system to be deployed to about 1,100 health facilities at 142 mil. installations worldwide. This report is one in a series examining DoD's use of best practices in acquiring information technology systems. The objectives of this review were to determine: what progress DoD has made against CHCS II project commitments, incl. required system capabilities, expected system benefits, and est. project costs and milestones; whether DoD has economically justified its invest. in the system; and whether DoD has effective tech. and mgmt. controls in place for acquiring the system -- incl.: require. mgmt., test mgmt., arch. develop. and align., risk mgmt., and contract mgmt.
Contains recommendations describing the need for a Federal Aviation Admin. (FAA)-wide systems architecture in modernizing Air Traffic Control (ATC), and assesses FAA's efforts to develop and utilize one. Reviews FAA's ATC modernization to determine (1) whether FAA has a target architecture(s), and associated subarchitectures, to guide the development and evolution of its ATC systems; and (2) what, if any, architectural incompatibilities exist among ATC systems, and the effect of these incompatibilities. Charts, tables and photos.
Provides info. on a wide variety of topics related to the permanent provisions (phase II) of the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act. On Nov. 30, 1998, the Brady Act's permanent provisions went into effect with implementation of the Nat. Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS). Managed by the FBI, this computerized system is used to make presale background checks for purchases from Federal firearms licensees of all firearms, not just handguns. This report focuses on background checks conducted by the FBI's NICS Office. Presents info. on 4 topics: statistics on background checks, NICS operations; denials, & appeals; enforcement actions; & pawnshop issues.
The Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) spends about $3.5 billion annually providing critical information technology (IT) support to the military services, military commands, and Dept. of Defense (DoD) agencies, as well as operating and maintaining crucial command, control, and communications systems. In response to a mandate in the FY 2001 Defense Authorization Act, the General Accounting Office (GAO) studied the agency's management of its 500 Day Action Plan, as well as its efforts to establish important institutional management controls.