A Year in Review

Outcomes and Lessons Learned from Implementing Agency-Led TechStat Reviews Across the Federal Government

CIO Council


The Federal Government has spent over $600 billion on information technology (IT) over the past decade. Far too often, IT projects, especially large projects, cost hundreds of millions of dollars more than they should, take years longer than necessary to deploy, and deliver technologies that are obsolete by the time they are completed.

As a result of the state of IT projects across the Federal Government, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) launched TechStat Accountability Sessions (TechStats) in January 2010. A TechStat is a face-to-face, evidence-based accountability review of an IT investment; it enables the Federal Government to intervene to turn around, halt or terminate IT projects that are failing or are not producing results for the American people.

On December 9, 2010, OMB launched the 25 Point Implementation Plan to Reform Federal Information Technology Management to deliver more value to the American taxpayer. The plan established the requirement for Federal agencies to conduct TechStats on troubled investments on an on-going basis. This report, presented by the Chief Information Officer (CIO) Council’s Management Best Practices Committee, captures the experience of agency-led TechStats at the one year mark –sharing information with the public regarding outcomes, lessons learned, and opportunities for further growth.