FY 2020 Annual Performance Plan and Report - Goal 5 Objective 3

Fiscal Year 2020
Released March, 2019

Goal 5. Objective 3: Optimize information technology investments to improve process efficiency and enable innovation to advance program mission goals

HHS information technology investments help achieve the Department’s mission by acquiring and managing the technology infrastructure and systems for its health care and human services programs and mission-support programs.  From externally facing websites like HHS.gov to internal applications that manage programs and resources, HHS needs information technology solutions to be modernized, secure, and responsive to customer demands.  The Department’s current modernization investments include cloud computing, data center consolidation and improvements, information technology portfolio reviews, shared services, and a digital strategy that makes it easier to access information using HHS websites and tools.  In addition, HHS is working to increase partnerships with industry, academia, and other organizations to leverage their technology expertise as well.

The Office of the Secretary leads this objective.  All divisions contribute to the achievement of this objective.

Objective 5.3 Table of Related Performance Measures

Increase the percentage of systems with an Authority to Operate (ATO) (Lead Agency - ASA; Measure ID - 3.3)

  FY 2013 FY 2014 FY 2015 FY 2016 FY 2017 FY 2018 FY 2019 FY 2020
Target N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A Baseline 96.5% 97%
Result N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A 96% 9/30/19 9/30/20
Status N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A Historic Actual Pending Pending

The purpose of this measure is to increase the total percentage of identified systems that have a formal authorization to operate on HHS networks.  This measure links directly to measure 3.4.

Improve the score to an "A" in each of the FITARA-related Scorecard Metrics, per GAO and the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee (Lead Agency - ASA; Measure ID - 3.4)

  FY 2013 FY 2014 FY 2015 FY 2016 FY 2017 FY 2018 FY 2019 FY 2020
Target N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A 90% 90% 90%
Result N/A N/A N/A 64% 64% 89% 12/31/19 12/31/20
Status N/A N/A N/A Historic Actual Historic Actual Target Not Met but Improved Pending Pending

HHS has 100 out of 103 software projects on an incremental development methodology, giving the department an “A” grade.  This builds on the department’s score from May, when 82 out of 83 projects were on an incremental path.  Under risk assessment transparency, HHS categorized 92 percent of its major investments as at risk, a designation that the committee wants agencies to use.  This puts HHS as the agency with the fifth most investments at risk, maintaining the department’s “A” grade in the category.  Under the IT portfolio category, the department reported $4.378 billion in savings and avoidance since 2012.  Compared to the IT budget of $17.04 billion for the last 3 years, HHS had a savings ratio of 25.7 percent, the highest out of all reviewed agencies, and a slight improvement over May’s 25.3 percent.  With exceptional results, HHS maintained an A grade.  HHS also maintained its inventory of software licenses and used it to make management decisions, which helped to maintain the department’s “A” grade in the category.


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