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United States : GAO acknowledges DOD's software license management plan as satisfactory

July 15, 2014



Many state agencies struggle handling software licenses effectively, overinvesting chunks of their million and billion dollar IT budgets on unutilized or spare programs.

But still, the Department of Defense is not one of those, in spite of its $31 billion budget and giant inventory of software licenses. The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has acknowledged DOD's software license management plan as satisfactory in efficiently fulfilling four statutory requirements set forth by the National Defense Authorization Act for financial year 2013, in a report released earlier in July.

According to an introductory letter from Carol Cha, director of Information Technology Acquisition Management Issues at GAO, with hundreds of software licenses acquired last year, the DOD not only succeeded in keeping an accurate inventory of those but also others not chosen for use, like 'some classified software, contractor-owned software, and handheld devices such as tablets and phones,'

The letter reads, 'DOD has developed a plan to help the department manage its licenses, and the plan clearly describes, among other statutory requirements, what software the inventory is to include. By identifying such information, DOD has laid the appropriate groundwork to analyze software license data.'


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Source: TendersInfo (India)


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