factors are scored, and budgets for the coming two years are
informed by those scores.
In FY 1999, with worldwide implementation of an information
system to track program results, it will be possible to perform
analyses of operating unit performance in Washington and make the
R4 preparation and review process much less cumbersome by
facilitating document preparation and transmittal.
Improvements in information management during 1999 will emphasize
three broad areas:
(1) Preparedness for the Year 2000; (2) Full
implementation of the requirements of the Clinger Cohen Act; and
(3) Innovations in information systems and software engineering
Preparedness for the Year 2000 (Y2K):
The highest priority information management activity during 1999
will be completion of Year 2000 compliance work for all USAID
mission critical systems including NMS.
While the majority of
renovation actions to correct Y2K problems will occur in 1998, a
full additional year will be required to complete Y2K renovations
for NMS, and to adequately test Y2K changes, particularly those
involving the New Management System (NMS see below) or
interfaces with external systems.
The Y2K program will receive
highest priority for allocation of information management
resources and will adjust other resource areas as needed to fully
support this effort.
Implementation of the Clinger Cohen Act:
The position of Chief Information Officer was established in
This executive remains ultimately responsible for ensuring
that information technologies applied to program goals are
selected in consideration of the greatest benefit to the mission
of USAID. The CIO is supported in those decisions by the Capital
Investment Review Board (CIRB), a panel of senior USAID
executives representing all key program areas and disciplines. In
1999, the Board will play a significant role in tracking USAID's
performance in implementing Year 2000 changes as well as
overseeing further investments in the New Management Systems
The Board will continue to balance application of
resources between those two major initiatives, with Year 2000
requirements receiving first priority.
Both the implementation of the NMS and the requirements of Year
2000 will have a direct impact upon the information systems
architecture of USAID.
This architecture, which includes the
hardware, software and telecommunications necessary to support
the information needs of USAID, is in transition from a