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GAO Issues Report: VA Health Care Facilities - Leveraging Partnerships to Address Capital Investment Needs
WASHINGTON, May 15 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report (GAO-22-106017) entitled "VA Health Care Facilities - Leveraging Partnerships to Address Capital Investment Needs".

Here are excerpts of summaries associated with the report.

What GAO Found: "The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) offers health care services to about 9 million veterans at its 171 medical centers and more than 1,100 outpatient facilities. VA has long faced challenges addressing its pressing infrastructure demands. As part of a partnership pilot program, VA is authorized to accept up to five donations ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report: COVID-19 - FDA Took Steps to Help Make Tests Available
WASHINGTON, May 15 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report (GAO-22-104266) entitled "COVID-19 - FDA Took Steps to Help Make Tests Available; Policy for Future Public Health Emergencies Needed".

Here are excerpts of summaries associated with the report.

What GAO Found: "The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) took several actions aimed at increasing the availability of COVID-19 tests in the United States. This included granting emergency use authorizations (EUA) for more than 400 COVID-19 tests and sample collection devices by the end of 2021 (see figure https://www.gao.gov/products/gao-22-104266). ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report: Border Security - CBP Could Improve How It Categorizes Drug Seizure Data and Evaluates Training
WASHINGTON, May 12 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report (GAO-22-104725) entitled "Border Security - CBP Could Improve How It Categorizes Drug Seizure Data and Evaluates Training".

Here are excerpts of summaries associated with the report.

What GAO Found: "U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers and agents follow a multi-step process when seizing drugs. This process includes collecting seizure data such as the drug type and concealment method in CBP data systems. CBP officials have several mechanisms to perform quality assurance efforts on drug seizure records. ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report: 2022 Annual Report - Additional Opportunities to Reduce Fragmentation, Overlap, and Duplication and Achieve Billions of Dollars in Financial Benefits
WASHINGTON, May 12 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report (GAO-22-105301) entitled "2022 Annual Report - Additional Opportunities to Reduce Fragmentation, Overlap, and Duplication and Achieve Billions of Dollars in Financial Benefits".

Here are excerpts of summaries associated with the report.

What GAO Found: "GAO identified 94 new actions in 21 new and nine existing areas for Congress or executive branch agencies to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of government. For example:

* The Department of Energy could pursue less expensive disposal options of nuclear and ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report: Missile Defense - Acquisition Processes Are Improving, But Further Actions Are Needed to Address Standing Issues
WASHINGTON, May 12 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report (GAO-22-105925) entitled "Missile Defense - Acquisition Processes Are Improving, but Further Actions Are Needed to Address Standing Issues".

Here are excerpts of summaries associated with the report.

What GAO Found: "The Missile Defense Agency (MDA) was established 20 years ago to develop a system to defend the U.S. and its allies against ballistic missile attacks. Since then, MDA has made progress developing and testing the Missile Defense System. MDA has taken steps to improve how it develops missile defense assets ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report: Higher Education - Education Needs to Strengthen Its Approach to Monitoring Colleges' Arrangements With Online Program Managers
WASHINGTON, May 6 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report (GAO-22-104463) entitled "Higher Education - Education Needs to Strengthen Its Approach to Monitoring Colleges' Arrangements with Online Program Managers".

Here are excerpts of summaries associated with the report.

What GAO Found: "At least 550 colleges worked with an online program manager (OPM) to support at least 2,900 education programs (e.g., certificate and degree programs) as of July 2021, according to the most recently available market research data. However, the exact number of OPM arrangements is unknown, ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report: Earthquakes - Opportunities Exist to Further Assess Risk, Build Resilience, and Communicate Research
WASHINGTON, May 5 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report (GAO-22-105016) entitled "Earthquakes - Opportunities Exist to Further Assess Risk, Build Resilience, and Communicate Research".

Here are excerpts of summaries associated with the report.

What GAO Found: "The National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program (NEHRP) has goals outlined in its most recent Strategic Plan for fiscal years (FY) 2009-2013 for the improvement of earthquake resilience in communities nationwide. However, officials from the National Institute of Science and Technology (NIST) said that a national ... Show Full Article