Following alarming recent reports of hackers accessing U.S. military personnel records and intelligence data, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) has stated that millions and millions of dollars have been lost through delays and overruns from investments made to improve federal technology. The GAO’s report also stated that these investments had led to “questionable mission-related achievements.” Furthermore, “the implementation of initiatives to improve IT acquisitions has been inconsistent.”
As of May, 2015, $8.7 billion worth of such investments and acquisitions were running into problems, according to the GAO – 178 out of 738 major tech projects were “in need of management attention due to their risk.” As an example, more than $1 billion was spent on the Department of Defense’s Expeditionary Combat Support System, but, after failing to deploy within 5 years of receiving the investment, the project was simply scrapped.
In an age when cyber-security should be uppermost in the minds of those seeking to protect U.S. citizens, and investment in the correct technology is paramount, such waste of taxpayer dollars needs to be addressed. If you believe the current government needs to do more with regard to this, please Like & Share this post.