The U.S. Health & Human Services Dept. and other federal agencies wasted $321 million on redundant IT systems, according to a Government Accounting Office report.
MASSDEVICE ON CALL — The U.S. Dept. of Health & Human Services and 2 other federal agencies may have blown some $321 million on IT systems that were already in place, according to a Government Accounting Office report.
The GAO identified 12 "potentially duplicative" investments at HHS, the Dept. of Homeland Security and the Defense Dept., out of the 590 it reviewed.
"These investments accounted for about $321 million in reported IT spending for fiscal years 2008 through 2013," according to the GAO.
The boondoggles included:
"GAO recommends that DoD develop a plan and DHS and HHS conduct analyses to address the potentially duplicative investments identified in this report. DOD and HHS agreed with GAO's recommendations but DHS disagreed. GAO believes that analysis by DHS on why 1 system would not support both agencies' requirements is needed," according to the report.
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