FDA’s Janus Database Among Projects Stuck In Agency’s IT Quagmire
GAO finds many FDA IT initiatives stuck mid-stage in confusion. The report, prepared at the request of House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, urges the agency to develop a better tracking and assessment system.
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The Senate Appropriations Committee April 26 approves a $3.9 billion spending plan for the agency in fiscal 2013, providing a $12.5 million boost in Treasury spending over President Obama’s proposed budget, with the extra funds slated for the food and animal drug programs.
The agency has not been able to get rid of outdated IT systems despite spending more than $160 million to date on a program designed to do that among other goals.