Memoranda 97-02 - Funding Information Systems Investments


Start: 1996-10-25, Publication: 2012-03-04


The Information Technology Management Reform Act (ITMRA) of 1995 (40 USC 1401 et. seg.) directs the Office of Management and Budget to establish clear and concise direction regarding investments in major information systems, and to enforce that direction through the budget process. Accordingly, the decision criteria set out below are established with respect to the evaluation of major information system investments proposed for funding in the FY 1998 President's budget.

The most effective long-term investment strategy is guided by a multiyear plan. The plan is a roadmap for getting from "where we are today. to "where we want to be" -- achieving the strategic mission goals of the organization in the framework of the Government Performance and Results Act (GPRA). Thus the first four decision criteria relate specifically to capital planning. The fifth criterion establishes the critical link between planning and implementation -- information architecture -- which aligns technology with mission goals. Under the ITMRA, the Chief Information Officer is responsible for that architecture. The last three criteria establish risk management principles to assure a high level of confidence that the proposed investment will succeed.


Name:Owen Ambur


Name:Office of Management and Budget



  • Franklin D. RainesDirector