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Information Technology Agency Summary

Let's begin by looking at the breakdown of IT Spending over the past few years.

Total IT Spending by Fiscal Year

 


Understanding: Total IT Spending by Fiscal Year

This graph displays the Total IT Spending for all agencies over the past few fiscal years. Each fiscal year is further divided into the amount of spending in "major" and "non-major" investments. The amount of spending in "major" investments is significant because those investments are required to submit Business Cases, which provide additional transparency into the cost, schedule, and performance data related to its spending.


A major IT investment ("major") is an investment that:

  • requires special management attention because of its importance to the mission or function of the agency, a component of the agency requires special management attention because of its importance to the mission or function to the government;
  • has significant program or policy implications;
  • has high executive visibility;
  • has high development, operating, or maintenance costs;
  • has unusual funding mechanism; or
  • is defined as major by the agency’s capital planning and investment control process.

Agencies should also include all “major automated information systems” as defined in 10 U.S.C. 2445 and all “major acquisitions” as defined in the OMB Circular A-11 Capital Programming Guide consisting of information resources. OMB may work with the agency to declare IT investments as major IT investments. Agencies must consult with assigned OMB desk officers and Resource Management Offices (RMOs) regarding which investments are considered major.

Investment Highlights

Understanding: Investment Highlights

This is a snapshot of data for all agencies for the current fiscal year (FY) 2018, which is October 1, 2017 - September 30, 2018. The Total FY2018 Spending is the total non-classified DME and O&M agency funding amounts spent in FY2018. The Projects on Schedule and Projects on Budget show the percentage of projects that are performing close to their planned schedules and planned costs. Displayed as well is the number of Major Investments (“Majors”) there are and what % of the Total FY2018 Spending on Major Investments is being spent on them.

Calculations used for Projects on Schedule:

  • Schedule Variance = Planned Completion Date – Actual or Projected Completion Date
  • Duration = Planned Completion Date – Planned Start Date
  • Schedule Variance % = (Schedule Variance / Duration) x 100
  • Projects on Schedule is the total number of projects with Schedule Variance that is < 10%.

Calculations used for Projects on Budget:

  • Cost Variance = Planned Total Costs – Projected or Actual Total Costs
  • Cost Variance % = (Cost Variance / Planned Total Cost) x 100
  • Projects on Budget is the total number of projects with Cost Variance that is < 10%.

A major IT investment ("major") is an investment that:

  • requires special management attention because of its importance to the mission or function of the agency, a component of the agency requires special management attention because of its importance to the mission or function to the government;
  • has significant program or policy implications;
  • has high executive visibility;
  • has high development, operating, or maintenance costs;
  • has unusual funding mechanism; or
  • is defined as major by the agency’s capital planning and investment control process.

Agencies should also include all “major automated information systems” as defined in 10 U.S.C. 2445 and all “major acquisitions” as defined in the OMB Circular A-11 Capital Programming Guide consisting of information resources. OMB may work with the agency to declare IT investments as major IT investments. Agencies must consult with assigned OMB desk officers and Resource Management Offices (RMOs) regarding which investments are considered major.

Systems Development Life Cycle (SDLC) Methodology Highlights

 

Understanding: SDLC Methodology Highlights

The Systems Development Life Cycle (SDLC) is a term used in systems engineering, information systems and software engineering to describe a process for planning, creating, testing, and deploying an information system.


Waterfall
Waterfall is a software development process in which all requirements are gathered up front and development following. Development occurs in a phased approach such as: Analysis, Design, Implementation, Testing, Deployment, and Maintenance. Compared to Agile, testing and integration typically occur later in the cycle.

Iterative
Iterative is a methodology of software development process that divides a project into many smaller releases. Risks are resolved during iteration. Because of the focus on many releases, only one module is developed/built at a time. At the end of an iterative cycle, the main focus is creating a new version of software to satisfy customer and the process is repeated. The Iterative methodology includes Agile and Spiral.

Not Primarily a Software Development Project or Systems Development Project
Projects outside of software and system development. The systematic use of resources, knowledge and practices to design and implement a given project and meet its goals and objectives under specific requirements. This includes the process of transforming available project inputs into desired outputs by consuming available resources.

 

Individual Investments

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Individual Investments

This table displays all agencies investments. You can filter the investments by bureau name and/or by investment type (Funding / Contribution / Major / Non-Major). The table columns are sortable by clicking on the up or down arrows.