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Title: NATIONAL BUREAU OF STANDARDS NEEDS BETTER MANAGEMENT OF ITS COMPUTER RESOURCES TO IMPROVE PROGRAM EFFECTIVENESS
Author(s): ANON
Corporate Author: US Comptroller General
United States of America
Date Published: 1979
Page Count: 64
Sponsoring Agency: Azimuth Inc.
Fairmont, WV 26554
US Comptroller General
Washington, DC 20548
Sale Source: Azimuth Inc.
1000 Technology Drive, Suite 3120
Fairmont, WV 26554
United States of America
Type: Legislative/Regulatory Material
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: THIS REPORT OF THE COMPTROLLER GENERAL STATES THAT THE NATIONAL BUREAU OF STANDARDS NEEDS MORE EFFECTIVE MANAGEMENT OF ITS COMPUTER RESOURCES TO IMPROVE PROGRAM EFFECTIVENESS.
Abstract: GOOD PLANNING, MANAGEMENT, AND USE OF THE NATIONAL BUREAU OF STANDARDS (NBS) COMPUTER RESOURCES AND PERSONNEL ARE CRITICAL TO AGENCY MISSION AND PROGRAM OBJECTIVES. HOWEVER, NBS COMPUTER RESOURCES ARE NOT FULFILLING THE NEEDS OF MANY ADMINISTRATORS AND SCIENTISTS WHO DEPEND ON THESE RESOURCES TO ANALYZE DATA, CONTROL EXPERIMENTS, AND PROVIDE NEEDED INFORMATION. UNDER THE CURRENT ORGANIZATIONAL STRUCTURE. RESPONSIBILITY IS DIFFUSED AMONG NUMEROUS ORGANIZATIONAL UNITS. LONG-TERM NEEDS HAVE BEEN ADDRESSED BY AD HOC STUDIES ONLY WHEN PROBLEMS ARISE, WHILE MANAGERS OF THE CENTRAL COMPUTER FACILITY HAVE BEEN PRIMARILY CONCERNED WITH SHORT-TERM FINANCIAL VIABILITY. MOREOVER, MANAGEMENT DOES NOT HAVE SUFFICIENT INFORMATION TO ASSESS THE PRODUCTIVITY AND PERFORMANCE OF THE AGENCY'S COMPUTER RESOURCES, AND FEW POLICIES AND OBJECTIVES HAVE BEEN ESTABLISHED. AN EFFECTIVE MANAGEMENT SYSTEM OF COMPUTER RESOURCES IS NEEDED. SUCH A SYSTEM WOULD BE BASED ON FORMALLY STATED POLICIES AND MEASURABLE OBJECTIVES AND COULD INCLUDE A LONG-RANGE PLANNING PROCESS AND A COMPUTER PERFORMANCE MANAGEMENT PROGRAM. THE SYSTEM WOULD BE THE RESPONSIBILITY OF A CENTRAL COMPUTER MANAGEMENT OFFICE, AND A STEERING COMMITTEE WOULD PERIODICALLY REVIEW THE SYSTEM TO ASSURE ITS EFFECTIVENESS. APPENDIXES CONTAIN PLANNING EFFORTS UNDERTAKEN BY NBS AND TWO LETTERS CONCERNING THE PROGRAM. ORGANIZATIONAL CHARTS AND A TABLE OF APPLICABLE PUBLIC LAWS ARE INCLUDED. (MJW)
Index Term(s): Computer hardware systems; Computers; Congressional information; Federal government; Federal programs; Management; National Bureau of Standards; Public administration
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