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12/27/2013
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Elena Malykhina
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Most Wasteful Government IT Projects Of 2013

Federal agencies continue to pour millions into overlapping IT projects. Check out the worst offenders.
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$1 billion: enterprise resource planning
Since 2005, the US Air Force had spent $1 billion to build an enterprise resource planning (ERP) system. The Expeditionary Combat Support System (ECSS) was supposed to merge base-level and wholesale logistics systems.
The project was cancelled in December 2012 with 'no identifiable benefit to the military or to the taxpayer,' said Coburn in his report. It would have required an additional $1.1 billion and would not have been completed until 2020. (Read Lessons From A Failed Federal IT Project.)
(Source: US Air Force)

$1 billion: enterprise resource planning
Since 2005, the US Air Force had spent $1 billion to build an enterprise resource planning (ERP) system. The Expeditionary Combat Support System (ECSS) was supposed to merge base-level and wholesale logistics systems.
The project was cancelled in December 2012 with "no identifiable benefit to the military or to the taxpayer," said Coburn in his report. It would have required an additional $1.1 billion and would not have been completed until 2020. (Read Lessons From A Failed Federal IT Project.)
(Source: US Air Force)

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MichaelB097
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12/27/2013 | 9:39:38 PM
Everything with Government I.T. is "Easier said than done"
Easy to say it, "you  could save money by using the same I.T. systems for the C.I.A. and the Dept. of Health (DHHS)".... also use the same systems for the F.T.C., the S.E.C., the Justice Dept., and the Atomic Energy Commision....easy, no problem........be sure to use the same system for the F.C.C., so we can all get irradiated via our T.V. sets......
moarsauce123
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12/27/2013 | 3:20:22 PM
The easy fix
There is an easy fix for this: give the GOA the power to cut the budget by the amounts deemed wasted. If the Air Force has to do with over a billion less this monkey business will stop really quickly.
cbabcock
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12/27/2013 | 2:17:38 PM
$1 billion down the drain on an uncompleted Air Force project?
The Air Force spent $1 billion on ERP over 7 years, then cancels? The AF needs ERP. The logistics of keeping planes in the air is stunning, especially when they're in motion to different bases around the world. If this project was cancelled, what will replace it?
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