Cost Savings Planned and Achieved Through SSA's Information Technology Development Initiatives

Tuesday, October 1, 2013
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In an April 2009 report, we noted that SSA’s 7-year projected savings for new and continued IT projects in FYs 2007 through 2009 were $10 to $20 billion. In our report, we expressed concern that these estimates were not realistic and did not reconcile to the Agency’s annual productivity statistics.

The Clinger Cohen Act requires that agencies implement a capital planning and investment control process to maximize the value of IT acquisitions. Further, the Office of Management and Budget mandated that Federal agencies perform post-implementation reviews (PIR). We noted in a 2010 report that SSA’s proposed PIR process, as described in its PIR Framework, needed enhancements to meet Federal and SSA requirements, including validating anticipated benefits, such as cost savings.

The objective of this audit was to determine whether SSA had achieved the planned cost savings for its information technology IT initiatives.