Friday, 4th February 2011
Washington Post: "Costs Soaring for Archives' Digital Library, Auditors Say" (NARA)
From a Washington Post Article:
The cost of building a digital system to gather, preserve and give the public access to the records of the federal government has ballooned as high as $1.4 billion, and the project could go as much as 41 percent over budget, government auditors plan to report Friday.
The Government Accountability Office blames the cost overruns and schedule delays on weak oversight and planning by the National Archives, which awarded a $317 million contract to Lockheed Martin Corp. six years ago to create a modern archive for electronic records.
The Archives "has not been positioned to identify potential cost and schedule problems early and thus has not been able to take timely actions to correct problems and avoid program schedule delays and cost increases," the GAO wrote in its report. A copy of the document was obtained ahead of its release by The Post.
Archivist of the United States David S. Ferriero, responding to a draft of the GAO report in November, agreed with most of the findings and said his staff plans to address them soon. He disagreed with auditors' estimate of the project cost, saying the cost of project management, planning and research should not be included.
Read the Complete WPost Article
See: New GAO Report -- Electronic Records Archive: National Archives Needs to Strengthen Its Capacity to Use Earned Value Techniques to Manage and Oversee Development
See Also: From December 17, 2010: NARA to suspend development of ERA starting in 2012 (via Federal News Radio)
See Also: From October, 2010: "National Archives and Records Administration: Oversight and Management Improvements Initiated, but More Action Needed" (via GAO)
See Also: Posted February 3, 2011 on ResourceShelf: New Report From the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) On Its Plans to Reinvent Itself