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9 Factors For A Successful Government IT Rollout

GAO outlines strategies that produce cost-effective and well-implemented federal IT investments.
Federal Data Center Consolidation Makes Progres
Federal Data Center Consolidation Makes Progress
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As part of continued federal efforts to make IT investments more cost-effective, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) has identified nine "critical success factors" for federal agencies to successfully acquire and implement IT programs.

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: