ERIC Number: ED479740
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
Bureau of Indian Affairs Schools: New Facilities Management Information System Promising, but Improved Data Accuracy Needed.
General Accounting Office, Washington, DC.
A General Accounting Office (GAO) study evaluated the Bureau of Indian Affairs' (BIA) new facilities management information system (FMIS). Specifically, the study examined whether the new FMIS addresses the old system's weaknesses and meets BIA's management needs, whether BIA has finished validating the accuracy of data transferred from the old system, and the effectiveness of quality control measures to ensure the accuracy of new data entered into the system from individual schools. Document reviews; interviews with contractors, BIA staff, and school facility management staff; and site visits to eight schools in three states indicated that FMIS has the capability to meet BIA's needs if data are entered correctly and promptly. BIA's contractor has been correcting data that were transferred to FMIS from the previous system, but issues such as software compatibility problems between the contractor's system and FMIS have delayed entry of some data for more than 1 year. BIA officials say that these problems are being addressed and that the delay has not affected their ability to prioritize or fund repair and construction projects at BIA schools. GAO's review of the data indicated that most newly identified deficiencies need not be addressed for 2-5 years, and that no instances were observed in which data problems resulted in unsafe learning environments. Most measures for controlling the quality of new data entry were not working well. Nearly half of proposed data entries were inaccurate and incomplete. Recommendations are presented. (TD)
Descriptors: American Indian Education, Computer Software Evaluation, Data Processing, Database Management Systems, Educational Facilities, Elementary Secondary Education, Feedback, Management Information Systems
For full text: http://www.gao.gov/cgi-bin/getrpt?GAO-03-692.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: General Accounting Office, Washington, DC.