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Performance Audit of Information Systems Development Administered by the Department of Environmental Protection , Report No. 12300, May 1994

  • From 1988 through 1993 the Department expended approximately $26.5 million for information resource management. While system modification and redesign can be expected and desirable, key Department systems continue to exhibit fundamental weaknesses.
  • Also, the Department has not established procedures or controls for data entry that could help to ensure the accuracy of data going into Department systems. DEP districts, which are responsible for data entry, have limited procedures to ensure that data entry is validated for reliability.
  • The Department's Information System Development Methodology (ISDM) satisfies most of the requirements of the Florida Administrative Code. However, the Quality Assurance Program that DEP established in tandem with its ISDM is limited in scope and does not contain provisions such as establishing measures of quality for applications, evaluating compliance with ISDM standards, and tracking and evaluating project management effectiveness. In addition, the Department's ISDM does not contain a mechanism for identifying the costs of specific systems.

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