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New GAO Report on DoD Software Development Risks

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) issued a new report earlier this week entitled “GAO-21-351 Software Development: DOD Faces Risks and Challenges in Implementing Modern Approaches and…

New GAO Report on DoD Software Development Risks

New GAO Report on DoD Software Development Risks
Bill Kobren
The Government Accountability Office (GAO) issued a new report earlier this week entitled “GAO-21-351 Software Development: DOD Faces Risks and Challenges in Implementing Modern Approaches and Addressing Cybersecurity Practices".

According to the GAO, “the Department of Defense plans to spend $12 billion on its 29 largest business information technology systems during FYs 2019-2022. DOD's efforts to modernize business systems has been a topic on our High Risk List since 1995. We found:
  • 22 programs that were actively developing software reported using approaches that reduced risk of cost and schedule overruns, such as early cybersecurity testing
  • DOD may be underestimating the risks for some of its acquisitions
  • DOD has taken steps to improve the sharing and transparency of data it uses to monitor acquisitions but needs to do more”

The GAO “… made 2 recommendations to improve acquisition monitoring.”