Medicare Transaction System: Strengthened Management and Sound Development Approach Critical to Success : Statement of Frank W. Reilly, Director, Information Resources Management/Health, Education, and Human Services, and Christopher W. Hoenig, Director, Information Resources Management/Policies and Issues, Accounting and Information Management Division, Before the Subcommittees on Human Resources and Intergovernmental Relations, and Government Management, Information and Technology, Committee on Government Reform and Oversight, House of Representatives (Google eBook)

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Page 3 - Last year, to help federal agencies improve their chances of success, we completed a study of how successful private and public organizations reached their goals of acquiring information systems that significantly improved their ability to carry out their missions. Our report5 describes an integrated set of fundamental management practices that were instrumental in producing success. The active involvement of senior managers, focusing on minimizing project risks and maximizing return on investment,...
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Page 4 - Important changes recently made to several laws and executive policy guidance are instituting best-practice approaches of leading organizations into the federal government.7 This month, the Office of Management and Budget will issue guidance that describes an analytical framework for making 'Other practices include (1) recognizing and communicating the need to change information management practices, (2) involving and creating ownership on the part of line managers, (3) improving organizational capabilities...
Page 3 - ... leading organizations that have been successful in applying and managing technology to thorny business problems as well as opportunities for change. To help federal agencies improve their chances of success, we completed a study of how successful private and public organizations designed and implemented information systems that significantly improved their ability to carry out their missions. Our report describes an integrated set of fundamental management practices that are instrumental in producing...
Page 1 - ... likely be on a different schedule and cost, but we also believe that the benefit of a good return on this investment can be achieved. Mr. HORN. Thank you very much. [The prepared statement of Mr. Burton follows:] PREPARED TESTIMONY BY INTERMETRICS, INC. Mr. Chairman and Members of the Subcommittee: We are pleased to participate in this joint subcommittee hearing today to discuss the status of the Medicare Transaction System (MTS) project. We are submitting this statement summarizing our role...
Page 6 - HCFA's development schedule for MTS contains significant overlap— or concurrency— among the various system-development phases: analysis, design, programming, testing, validation, and implementation. As shown in figure 1, the April 1994 MTS schedule— an early estimate by HCFA— is used only to illustrate the sequential nature of these phases. The November 1995 schedule shows extensive concurrency; for example, the analysis and design phases are occurring simultaneously during the period from...
Page 4 - Me cycles. Mts Displays Early Symptoms of Unnecessary Risk HCFA has not yet instituted a set of well-defined investment control processes to measure the quality of development efforts and monitor progress and problems. This situation has contributed to a series of problems related to requirements-definition...
Page 6 - FV&V contractor disagrees. To support critical design decisions, requirements need to be sufficiently detailed to include such functions and processes as performance levels and response times. When we reviewed HCFA's preliminary set of requirements, we found that many of them did not contain enough detail. Second, HCFA's development schedule for MTS contains significant overlap — or concurrency — among the various system-development phases: analysis, design, programming, testing, validation,...
Page 5 - HCFA is proceeding into the next phase of system development, the design phase, before requirements have been completed. HCFA plans to select an MTS design alternative by the end of this calendar year, but requirements are not scheduled to be completed until September 1996.
Page 4 - HCFA has twice redirected the approach and, 2 years into the contract, requirements definition at the appropriate level of specificity has not been completed. Requirements, which are defined during the analysis phase of a project, document the detailed...

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