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Powner, David A.

Works: 136 works in 202 publications in 1 language and 22,062 library holdings
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Most widely held works by David A Powner
Information technology, leveraging best practices and reform initiatives can help Defense manage major investments : testimony before the Subcommittee on Readiness and Management Support, Committee on Armed Services, U.S. Senate by David A Powner( )

1 edition published in 2014 in English and held by 294 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The federal government reportedly plans to spend at least $82 billion on IT in fiscal year 2014. Of that, Defense plans to spend over $39 billion -- $5.5 billion on classified systems, $9 billion on acquisitions, and $25 billion on operations and maintenance. Given the scale of such planned outlays and the criticality of many of these systems to the security and defense of the nation, it is important that these Defense investments are acquired on time and within budget and that they deliver expected benefits. GAO has previously reported and testified that federal IT projects too frequently fail and incur cost overruns and schedule slippages while contributing little to mission-related outcomes. Further, GAO has highlighted several examples of Defense investments that have not delivered results within planned cost and schedule estimates. Numerous best practices and administration initiatives are available for agencies that can help them improve the oversight and management of IT acquisitions. This testimony covers how best practices and IT reform initiatives can help Defense better manage major acquisitions and legacy investments
Critical infrastructure protection : key private and public cyber expectations need to be consistently addressed : report to congressional requesters by United States( )

1 edition published in 2010 in English and held by 281 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Cybersecurity : key challenges need to be addressed to improve research and development : report to congressional requesters by United States( )

1 edition published in 2010 in English and held by 279 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Computer networks and infrastructures, on which the United States and much of the world rely to communicate and conduct business, contain vulnerabilities that can leave them susceptible to unauthorized access, disruption, or attack. Investing in research and development (R & D) is essential to protect critical systems and to enhance the cybersecurity of both the government and the private sector. Federal law has called for improvements in cybersecurity R & D, and, recently, President Obama has stated that advancing R & D is one of his administration's top priorities for improving cybersecurity. GAO was asked to determine the key challenges in enhancing national-level cybersecurity R & D efforts among the federal government and private companies. To do this, GAO consulted with officials from relevant federal agencies and experts from private sector companies and academic institutions as well as analyzed key documents, such as agencies' research plans. GAO is recommending that the Director of OSTP direct NITRD to exercise its leadership responsibilities by taking several actions, including developing a national agenda, and establishing and utilizing a mechanism to keep track of federal cybersecurity R & D funding. OSTP agreed with GAO's recommendation and provided details on planned actions
Data center consolidation : agencies making progress on efforts, but inventories and plans need to be completed : report to Congressional requesters by United States( )

1 edition published in 2012 in English and held by 274 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In 2010, as focal point for information technology management across the government, OMB's Federal Chief Information Officer launched the Federal Data Center Consolidation Initiative, an effort to consolidate the growing number of federal data centers. In July 2011, GAO evaluated 24 agencies' progress on this effort and reported that most agencies had not yet completed data center inventories or consolidation plans and recommended that they do so. In this subsequent review, GAO was asked to (1) evaluate the extent to which the 24 agencies updated and verified their data center inventories and plans, (2) evaluate the extent to which selected agencies have adequately completed key elements of their consolidation plans, and (3) identify agencies' notable consolidation successes and challenges. To address these objectives, GAO assessed the completeness of agency inventories and plans, analyzed the schedule and cost estimates of 5 agencies previously reported to have completed one or both estimates, and interviewed officials from all 24 agencies about their consolidation successes and challenges. OMB's Federal Chief Information Officer should ensure that agencies use a standardized cost model to improve consolidation planning, and the 5 selected agencies should implement recognized best practices when establishing schedules and cost estimates for their consolidation efforts
Critical infrastructure protection : current cyber sector-specific planning approach needs reassessment : report to congressional requesters by United States( )

1 edition published in 2009 in English and held by 273 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The nation's critical infrastructure sectors (e.g., energy, banking) rely extensively on information technology systems. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued guidance in 2006 that instructed lead federal agencies, referred to as sector-specific agencies, to develop plans for protecting the sector's critical cyber and other (physical) infrastructure. These agencies issued plans in 2007, but GAO found that none fully addressed all 30 cyber security-related criteria identified in DHS's guidance and recommended that the plans be updated to address it by September 2008. GAO was asked to determine the extent to which sector plans have been updated to fully address DHS's cyber security requirements and assess whether these plans and related reports provide for effective implementation. To do this, GAO analyzed documentation, interviewed officials, and compared sector plans and reports with DHS cyber criteria. GAO recommends that DHS assess whether existing sector-specific planning processes should continue to be the nation's approach to securing cyber and other critical infrastructure and consider whether other options would provide more effective results. DHS concurred with the recommendation; however, it took exception with certain report facts and conclusions. GAO addressed these comments, but they did not result in substantive report revisions
Electronic government : implementation of the Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act of 2006 : report to congressional committees by United States( )

2 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 272 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act of 2006 (FFATA) is intended to increase the transparency of and accountability for the over $1 trillion that federal agencies award each year in contracts, loans, grants, and other awards. Among other things, the act required the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to establish, no later than January 1, 2008, a publicly accessible Web site containing data on federal awards. The act also authorized OMB to issue guidance to federal agencies on reporting award data and instructs agencies to comply with that guidance. OMB launched the site ( in December 2007. GAO's objectives were to determine the extent to which (1) OMB is complying with FFATA requirements to make federal award data available, (2) federal agencies are reporting required award data, and (3) inconsistencies exist between data on the Web site and records at federal agencies. To do this, GAO reviewed FFATA requirements and OMB guidance, interviewed OMB and agency officials, and examined a sample of awards reported to OMB. GAO is recommending that OMB, among other things, include all required data on the site, ensure complete reporting, and clarify guidance for verifying agency-reported data
Critical infrastructure protection : OMB leadership needed to strengthen agency planning efforts to protect federal cyber assets : report to congressional requesters by United States( )

1 edition published in 2009 in English and held by 272 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Geostationary operational environmental satellites : improvements needed in continuity planning and involvement of key users : report to congressional committees by United States( )

1 edition published in 2010 in English and held by 271 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Department of Commerce's National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), with the aid of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), is to procure the next generation of geostationary operational environmental satellites, called Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite-R (GOES-R) series. The GOES-R series is to replace the current series of satellites, which will likely begin to reach the end of their useful lives in approximately 2015. This new series is considered critical to the United States' ability to maintain the continuity of data required for weather forecasting through the year 2028. GAO was asked to (1) determine the status of the GOES-R acquisition; (2) evaluate whether NOAA has established adequate contingency plans in the event of delays; and (3) assess NOAA's efforts to identify GOES data users, prioritize their data needs, and communicate with them about the program's status. To do so, GAO analyzed contractor and program data and interviewed officials from NOAA, NASA, and other federal agencies that rely on GOES data. GAO is recommending that NOAA address weaknesses in its continuity plans and improve its processes for involving other federal agencies. In commenting on a draft of this report, the Secretary of Commerce agreed with GAO's recommendations and identified plans for implementing them
Information technology : agencies need to improve the implementation and use of earned value techniques to help manage major system acquisitions : report to the Chairman, Subcommittee on Federal Financial Management, Government Information, Federal Services, and International Security, Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, U.S. Senate by United States( )

1 edition published in 2009 in English and held by 270 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In fiscal year 2009, the federal government planned to spend about $71 billion on information technology (IT) investments. To more effectively manage such investments, in 2005 the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) directed agencies to implement earned value management (EVM). EVM is a project management approach that, if implemented appropriately, provides objective reports of project status, produces early warning signs of impending schedule delays and cost overruns, and provides unbiased estimates of anticipated costs at completion. GAO was asked to assess selected agencies' EVM policies, determine whether they are adequately using earned value techniques to manage key system acquisitions, and evaluate selected investments' earned value data to determine their cost and schedule performances. To do so, GAO compared agency policies with best practices, performed case studies, and reviewed documentation from eight agencies and 16 major investments with the highest levels of IT development-related spending in fiscal year 2009. GAO is recommending that the selected agencies modify EVM policies to be consistent with best practices, implement EVM practices that address identified weaknesses, and manage negative earned value trends
Aviation weather : agencies need to improve performance measurement and fully address key challenges : report to congressional requesters by United States( )

1 edition published in 2010 in English and held by 270 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The National Weather Service's (NWS) weather products are a vital component of the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) air traffic control system. In addition to providing aviation weather products developed at its own facilities, NWS also provides on-site staff at each of FAA's en route centers - the facilities that control high-altitude flight outside the airport tower and terminal areas. NWS's on-site staff is called a center weather service unit. For several years, NWS and FAA have been exploring options for improving the aviation weather services provided at en route centers. GAO agreed to (1) determine the status of the agencies' efforts to restructure aviation weather services, (2) assess the agencies' progress in establishing performance baselines in order to measure the effect of any changes, and (3) evaluate plans to address key challenges. To do so, GAO evaluated agency progress and plans and compared agency efforts with leading practices"--Highlights
Information technology : federal agencies need to strengthen investment board oversight of poorly planned and performing projects : report to congressional requesters by United States( )

1 edition published in 2009 in English and held by 268 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Polar-orbiting environmental satellites : project risks could affect weather data needed by civilian and military users by David A Powner( )

1 edition published in 2003 in English and held by 268 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Information technology management : improvements needed in strategic planning, performance measurement, and investment management governmentwide by David A Powner( )

1 edition published in 2004 in English and held by 267 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Freedom of Information Act: agencies are implementing requirements but need to take additional actions : testimony before the Committee on Judiciary, U.S. Senate by United States( )

1 edition published in 2018 in English and held by 264 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Administrative agencies Administrative agencies--Data processing Administrative procedure Aeronautics, Commercial--Security measures Airlines--Security measures Air traffic control Armed Forces--Procurement--Evaluation Civil defense--Planning Computer networks--Security measures--Government policy Cost control Cyberterrorism--Prevention Data processing service centers Disclosure of information--Law and legislation Electronic data processing departments--Management Expenditures, Public Federal aid to research Finance, Public--Accounting--Law and legislation Freedom of Information Act (United States) GOES (Meteorological satellite) Government lending Government purchasing Grants-in-aid Information resources management Information storage and retrieval systems--Finance Information technology Information technology--Evaluation Information technology--Government policy Information technology--Management Internet in public administration--Law and legislation Meteorological satellites National security National security--Planning Polar Orbiting Environmental Satellite Program (U.S.) Production control Program budgeting Project management Public contracts Statistical weather forecasting Terrorism--Prevention--Government policy Transparency in government Transparency in government--Law and legislation U.S. Customs and Border Protection United States United States.--Department of Defense United States.--Department of Homeland Security United States.--Internal Revenue Service United States.--National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration United States.--National Weather Service United States.--Office of Science and Technology Policy Weather forecasting
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