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Audit Report: IG-0516

August 23, 2001

Information Technology Support Services Contracts

Over the last several years, there have been a number of substantial changes to the policies that govern Federal acquisition and information technology management. Beginning with the enactment of the Government Performance and Results Act of 1993 and continuing with the Clinger-Cohen Act of 1996 (Clinger-Cohen), efforts have been made to make management of the Federal information technology effort more efficient, cost-effective, and responsive to the needs of the respective agencies. Within the U.S. Department of Energy (Department) these reforms were particularly important in light of its $1.4 billion annual information technology (IT) investment, which includes investments in research programs such as the Accelerated Strategic Computing Initiative.