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NEED TO CONSIDER MORE ECONOMICAL
not plug-to-plug compatible
from the original manufacturer Procurement of components from
alternate sources of supply Potential savings available by
using components that are
not plug-to-plug compatible
magnetic disk packs
NEED FOR DEVELOPMENT OF STANDARD INTERFACE
FACTORS TO BE CONSIDERED IN MAKING PROCUREMENT DECISIONS
Operational capability of equipment
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STUDY OF THE ACQUISITION
WHY THE REVIEW WAS MADE
The General Accounting Office (GAO) performed this study because of :
--Preliminary indications that significant savings
could be achieved in the procurement of selected
--The increasing investment of the Federal Government
in automatic data processing (ADP) equipment.
--The widespread congressional interest in the procurement,
management, and use of such equipment.
FINDINGS AND CONCLUSIONS
Recently, numerous independent manufacturers of peripheral
The study shows that it is common practice for Government
GAO identified selected computer components that are directly
GAO found that a number of private organizations had installed
On the basis of observations at commercial organizations visited
GAO believes that, if more systematic attention is given to
GAO estimates that, if plug-to-plug compatible components were
GAO believes that, in addition to the estimated savings in acquiring plug-to-plug compatible components, savings are also available in the acquisition of non-plug-to-plug components from sources other than the systems manufacturers.
It is estimated that the purchase cost of such components, DOW
GAO suggests, however, that the potential savings must be evaluated in light of costs associated with combining the components into a total computer system.
RECOMMENDATIONS OR SUGGESTIONS
GAO recommends that the head of each Federal agency take immediate action to implement steps requiring replacement of leased components that can be replaced with more economical plug-to-plug compatible units.
GAO recommends also that the Director, Bureau of the Budget,
GAO recommends that, pending the issuance of specific policies, the factors described in this report be used by Federal agencies to evaluate alternate sources of ADP equipment.
Also, inasmuch as third-party leasing arrangements generally result in savings when compared with rental arrangements available from equipment manufacturers, GAO believes that the head of each Federal agency should consider this method of procurement when purchase of the equipment is determined not to be advantageous.
AGENCY ACTIONS AND UNRESOLVED ISSUES
The use of plug-to-plug compatible components for Federal ADP
MATTERS FOR CONSIDERATION BY THE CONGRESS
This report summarizes the findings of the study and is issued