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Audit Report: IG-0466

April 3, 2000

Implementation of Integrated Business Information Systems Within the Department of Energy

The trend in both government and the private sector is greater reliance on "Integrated Business Information Systems" which are modern information systems that can be used to manage business functions as a seamless unit rather than as separate activities. The attraction of these software systems lies in management's ability to access real-time data, link business processes and applications, support immediate responses to change, and incorporate best business practices. A number of the Department's facility management contractors were in the process of developing and implementing such systems. The objective of the audit was to evaluate the progress being made by the Department's contractors in this effort.