In a recently published report, the federal watchdog agency lists common factors underlying the successful acquisition of seven federal IT investments, in the departments of Commerce, Defense, Energy, Homeland Security, Transportation, Treasury and Veterans Affairs.
The total lifecycle costs of the programs--which were judged on how they achieved their respective cost, schedule, scope, and performance goals--was about $5 billion, according to the GAO.
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The nine factors underlying all of the successful programs were: