ACE in the hole with GAO

The Homeland Security Department has spent $1 billion on the Automated Commercial Environment, but delays and defects have muddled its deployment, a new Government Accountability Office report said.

ACE, an import and export processing system, ultimately is expected to cost $3.3 billion. "Release 3 testing and pilot activities were delayed and have produced system defect trends," GAO said, and Release 4 also has been plagued by defects.

The program's expenditure plan "largely satisfies the legislative conditions imposed by the Congress," a transaction-processing goal has been 99.9 percent successful, and DHS has addressed some of GAO's previous recommendations, the watchdog agency said.

But, the report added, "much remains to be done before these recommendations are fully implemented." The contract was awarded in April 2001 to IBM Corp. and a team that includes Lockheed Martin Corp.

Reader Comments

Please post your comments here. Comments are moderated, so they may not appear immediately after submitting. We will not post comments that we consider abusive or off-topic.

Please type the letters/numbers you see above

What is your e-mail address?

My e-mail address is:

Do you have a password?

Forgot your password? Click here


  • Dive into our Contract Award database

    In an exclusive for WT Insider members, we are collecting all of the contract awards we cover into a database that you can sort by contractor, agency, value and other parameters. You can also download it into a spreadsheet. Our databases track awards back to 2013. Read More

  • Navigating the trends and issues of 2016 Nick Wakeman

    In our latest WT Insider Report, we pull together our best advice, insights and reporting on the trends and issues that will shape the market in 2016 and beyond. Read More

contracts DB

Washington Technology Daily

Sign up for our newsletter.

Terms and Privacy Policy consent

I agree to this site's Privacy Policy.