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February 5, 2011 / Council of State Archivists

Costs soaring for Archives’ digital library, auditors say

This article originally appeared on the Washington Post website on Friday, February 4, 2011 and was written by Lisa Rein.

The cost of building a digital system to gather, preserve and give the public access to the records of the federal government has ballooned as high as $1.4 billion, and the project could go as much as 41 percent over budget, government auditors plan to report Friday. The Government Accountability Office blames the cost overruns and schedule delays on weak oversight and planning by the National Archives, which awarded a $317 million contract to Lockheed Martin Corp. six years ago to create a modern archive for electronic records. [link to full article]

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