Review of the Acquisition Career Management Information System (ACMIS)

Office of Inspector General, GSA


This review assessed the reliability of the data contained in the Acquisition Career Management Information System (ACMIS). Specifically, we evaluated how useful the data is in making management decisions regarding budgeting, staffing, training, and employee development related to the General Services Administration’s (GSA’s) acquisition workforce. The original objective1 of this review was to assess GSA’s implementation of the acquisition workforce qualification provisions of the Clinger-Cohen Act of 1996. However, after completing the survey phase of the review, we concluded that the ACMIS represented a high-risk area and focused our review on system performance.


ACMIS does not provide useful management information. Despite a substantial investment of time, effort and taxpayer money, ACMIS exhibits poor data reliability and system functionality. These deficiencies can be traced to poor program management and a lack of accountability on the part of GSA’s Office of Acquisition Policy and the Federal Acquisition Institute (FAI). During our review, GSA decided to replace ACMIS. To develop a replacement system, the Office of Governmentwide Policy (OGP) must address the deficiencies inherent with ACMIS. Attention to system development lifecycle principles, improved contract management, and accountability for development, implementation and maintenance of the new system are essential to ensure future success.

(Results in Brief)