USAID Was Not On Track To Achieve Performance and Cost Savings Goals for the Development Information Solution System.

Audit Report
Report Number
A-000-21-001-U
We contracted with the independent certified public accounting firm CliftonLarsonAllen LLP to conduct an audit of USAID's deployment of the Development Information Solution system. The audit firm concluded that although USAID was making progress in the development and implementation of the system, the Agency’s deployment of the system was behind schedule and not on track to timely achieve (1) adoption of a single program portfolio management platform for Washington and missions overseas, resulting in the retirement of redundant systems and (2) creation of a Portfolio Viewer that would enable advanced reporting to improve evidence-based decision making. We made four recommendations to address weaknesses identified by the audit firm that could prevent these selected performance goals from being fully achieved.

Recommendations

Recommendation 1

Revise the Development Information Solution system's cost savings plan in accordance with Office of Management and Budget's Capital Planning Guidance to determine the effects that the delayed decommissioning of redundant systems may have on the related costs to maintain the systems longer.

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Recommendation 2

Document and implement lessons learned for system users that incorporates the successes achieved by the past deployments in adopting the Development Information Solution system.

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Recommendation 3

Develop and implement a process to validate the data between Foreign Assistance Coordination and Tracking System Info and the Development Information Solution system to maximize its value per GAO's Agile Assessment Guide.

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Recommendation 4

Develop a plan in coordination with mission executive officers, program offices and bureaus to validate participation and adoption of the Development Information Solution system to reduce reliance on external systems or components for tracking, monitoring, or reporting performance data as called for by the DIS Business Case.

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