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Ambitious U.S. electronic records project faces rising costs, delays

Michael Cooney | Feb. 9, 2011
The government's all-encompassing digital federal records keeping system is costing a lot more - perhaps as high as 41% more -- than originally planned and could top $1.4 billion if estimates from the Government Accountability Office are correct.

Even when completed the system could still find problems. According to published reports: The Archives' inspector general, who also has scrutinized problems with the project, concluded last year that the system will lack a fully searchable database for the public. Searchers will be able to find subject lines but will not be able to search the full text of a document, Inspector General Paul Brachfeld said.

From the Arizona Daily Star: "Archivist of the United States David S. Ferriero, responding to a draft of the GAO report, agreed with most of the findings and said his staff plans to address them soon. He disagreed with auditors' estimate of the project cost, saying the cost of project management, planning and research should not be included."


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