Billions Wasted Buying Federal Computer Systems†
- Subcommittee on Oversight of Government Management, Senate Governmental Affairs Committee
The Minority Staff of the Senate Subcommittee on Oversight of Government Management recently completed a comprehensive examination of the federal government's practices for purchasing computers. This review was initiated after several reports of failed computer acquisitions indicated there may be significant systemic problems in the way the federal government buys computers and computer-related equipment and services. The findings and recommendations in this report support overhauling the current process for buying major computer and communications systems and emphasize the need for earlier and more effective oversight of these programs.