Major Management Challenges and Government Risks: A Governmentwide Perspective
DIANE Publishing, Jul 1, 2003 - 51 pages
In its 2001 Governmentwide Perspective, the General Accounting Office (GAO) identified operational challenges, such as the continuing need to implement management reforms, and discussed the need to address human capital and other strategic challenges, particularly the longer-term budget outlook. The information that GAO presents in this report is intended to help sustain congressional attention in addressing the challenges government faces in doing business in the 21st century. This report is part of a special series of reports on governmentwide and agency-specific issues.
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Page 8 - Most critically, we risk losing the opportunity to phase in changes gradually so that all can make the adjustments needed in private and public plans to accommodate this historic shift.
Page 4 - Dramatic increases In computer interconnectivity, especially in the use of the Internet, continue to revolutionize the way our government, our nation, and much of the world communicate and conduct business. The benefits have been enormous. Vast amounts of information are now literally at our fingertips, facilitating research on virtually every topic imaginable; financial and other business transactions...
Page 38 - Although agencies have taken steps to redesign and strengthen their information system security programs, our analyses of information security at major federal agencies have shown that federal systems were not being adequately protected from computer-based threats, even though these systems process, store, and transmit enormous amounts of sensitive data and are indispensable to many federal agency operations.
Page 20 - These key practices are to ensure that top leadership drives the transformation; establish a coherent mission and integrated strategic goals to guide the transformation; focus on a key set of principles and priorities at the outset of the transformation...
Page 38 - Computer Security: Improvements Needed to Reduce Risk to Critical Federal Operations and Assets, GAO-02-231T (Washington, DC: Nov. 9, 2001), and Computer Security: Progress Made, but Critical Federal Operations and Assets Remain at Risk, GAO-02-303T (Washington, DC: Nov.
Page 7 - As we have stated elsewhere,7 early action to change these programs would yield the highest fiscal dividends for the Federal budget and would provide a longer period for prospective beneficiaries to make adjustments in their own planning. Waiting to build economic resources and reform future claims entails risks.
Page 36 - Federal agencies have already implemented an array of egovernment applications, including using the Internet to collect and disseminate information and forms, buy and pay for goods and services, submit bids and proposals, and apply for licenses, grants, and benefits. In fact, a study of 22 countries.
Page 3 - ... referred to as globalization; • the shift to market-oriented, knowledge-based economies; • an aging and more diverse US population...
Page 6 - ... budget simulations that seek to illustrate the likely fiscal consequences of the coming demographic tidal wave and rising health care costs Our latest long-term budget simulations reinforce the need for change in the major cost drivers — Social Security and health care programs. As shown in figure 1, by midcentury, absent reform of these entitlement programs, projected federal revenues may be adequate to pay little beyond interest on the debt and Social Security benefits.
Page 45 - I have discussed in my statement today, although efforts to transform agencies by improving their management and performance are under way, more remains to be done to ensure that the government has the capacity to deliver on its promises meet current and emerging needs, and to remain relevant in the 21st Century.