|Financial Audit Division Report 09-19||Released May 29, 2009|
The Office of Enterprise Technology (OET) did not maintain a complete, consistent, and accurate inventory of information technology projects or develop a method to prioritize and approve projects across state agencies. State agencies did not have effective processes to inventory, analyze, prioritize, and authorize information technology projects.
In addition, the Office of Enterprise Technology provided inconsistent oversight of project management controls and did not gather and report information on project performance. State agencies did not effectively monitor information technology projects to ensure that projects achieved their objectives and were completed on time and on budget. The state did not have an effective post-project evaluation process.
In some cases, the Office of Enterprise Technology and state agencies did not comply with statutory and policy requirements related to project portfolio management and project management objectives.
The report contains four findings related to internal control deficiencies and noncompliance with statutory and state policy requirements.
Our audit objective was to answer the following questions:
The audit scope included projects completed between July 1, 2006, and June 30, 2008, and projects in progress as of July 1, 2008.
Minnesota government relies heavily on its use of information technology to collect, process, store, and report information related to the programs and services it provides and the management of its operations. Each year, state agencies undertake projects to develop new computer systems or update existing computer systems. These projects range from small and low cost to very large, complex, and expensive.
OET’s Planning and Portfolio Management Division has responsibility for conducting state level project portfolio management practices and establishing project portfolio and project management standards for the state.