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Doubts"> The project has taken heat from the Office of Management and Budget and members of Congress as well. In response to the audit report, Rep. Tom Davis, R-Va., chairman of the House Committee on Government Reform, said he had had misgivings about TCE from the outset. "I suspected for the last year or so that TCE was an ill-considered stovepipe program conceived at a time when we needed to move in the opposite direction," Davis said."I felt that TCE would foster the perpetuation of duplicative agency-specific administrative functions across government that are far more costly and far less efficient than GSAs centrally managed acquisition infrastructure for telecom."Davis said the audit report confirmed his suspicions. "I hate to say I told you so, but the IG report reveals exactly what I have been saying consistently for the last year: TCE is a disaster and ought to be abandoned before the Treasury wastes even more precious taxpayer funds," he said. "Its a total mystery why the Department has so stubbornly tried to move forward with TCE." The Treasury Department is not the only federal agency that has had difficulty emulating corporate American in moving toward more productive and cost-effective IT systems. The GAO finds that the private and public sectors face different IT challenges. Read more here. In January, the Government Accountability Office found that the Department of Defense is moving forward with a $34 billion IT project, called the Global Information Grid, but it is not clear who is in charge of the project and nobody is held accountable for the results. An inherent lack of high-level coordination and cooperation among the departments divisions is leaving the project somewhat up in the air, the GAO found. "DOD is at risk of not knowing whether the GIG is being developed within cost and schedule, whether risks are being adequately mitigated, or whether the GIG will provide a worthwhile return on DODs investment," the GAO said in a report released Jan. 31. Check out eWEEK.coms for the latest news, views and analysis of technologys impact on government and politics.