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A new prescription for the EIS transition

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This article was originally published on Federal Computer week online at fcw.com.

The Government Accountability Office's most recent report on the state of the Enterprise Infrastructure Solutions (EIS) transition process raises serious concerns about whether federal agencies are doing what's necessary to ensure their long term success. The spirit of the EIS program is modernization, but it seems pressure to meet established timelines may be working counter to that goal. The good news is, there is still an opportunity to get it right. Now is the time to revisit and update the EIS transition timeline to ensure we realize the full benefits of this extraordinary opportunity.

Concerns about the health of the EIS process emerged when Carol Harris previewed the GAO report findings in congressional testimony in March. According to the report, federal agencies are struggling with the EIS transition and are risking repeat of same sort of delays that plagued the prior Networx transition — costing nearly $400 million over original projections.

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