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OMB cancels one IT program, scales back eight others

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By Marjorie Censer
Monday, December 13, 2010

After completing a review of 16 troubled federal IT projects, the Office of Management and Budget said last week it would cancel a Department of Homeland Security information technology program.

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The set of assessments was the second chunk of 26 reviews of high-risk IT programs, defined as systems over budget, behind schedule or at risk for those issues.

The OMB said it is scaling back eight of the assessed programs and accelerating the most useful parts of seven others.

Eight federal IT projects identified as the most troubled are left to be reviewed. The results of the most recent reviews:

Canceled:

-- Federal Emergency Management Agency's National Flood Insurance Program Information Technology Systems and Services -- Department of Homeland Security

The program was to provide IT support for the flood insurance program, which centrally monitors and maintains data on the relevant insurance policies.

Scaled back:

-- U.S. Patent and Trademark Office's Patent File Wrapper Program -- Commerce Department

The integrated system was meant to help the patent office handle an increase in filings and provide for public access.

-- Homeland Security Information Network -- Department of Homeland Security

The portal was designed to be the department's unifying information sharing platform, meant to allow federal, state, local, tribal and private sector partners, among others, to collaborate and share sensitive but unclassified information.


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