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GAO Issues Report on Airline Consumer Protections
WASHINGTON, Aug. 23 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on airlines' training programs on racial, ethnic and religious non-discrimination for their employees and contractors. The report (GAO-19-654R) is titled "Airline Consumer Protections: Information on Selected Airlines' Non-Discrimination Training Programs".

The report was sent to Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Mississippi, chairman, Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Washington, ranking member of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, Rep. Peter DeFazio, D-Oregon, chairman, and Rep. Sam Graves, R-Missouri, ranking member ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on DOD Installations
WASHINGTON, Aug. 23 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on the Department of Defense's installation access control efforts. The report (GAO-19-649) is titled "DOD Installations: Monitoring Use of Physical Access Control Systems Could Reduce Risks to Personnel and Assets".

The report was sent to Sen. James M. Inhofe, R-Oklahoma, chairman, Sen. Jack Reed, D-Rhode Island, ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, Sen. John Boozman, R-Arkansas, chairman, Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, ranking member of the Senate Appropriations subcommittee on Military Construction, ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on Defense Management
WASHINGTON, Aug. 21 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on the extent to which the Department of Defense has made progress in implementing the requirements of section 911, including establishing a new cross-functional team on electromagnetic spectrum operations. The report (GAO-19-598) is titled "Defense Management: DOD Should Set Deadlines on Stalled Collaboration Efforts and Clarify Cross-Functional Team Funding Responsibilities".

The report was sent to Sen. James M. Inhofe, R-Oklahoma, chairman, Sen. Jack Reed, D-Rhode Island, ranking member of the Senate Armed Services ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on Defense Acquisition Workforce
WASHINGTON, Aug. 16 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on the Department of Defense's implementation of human capital flexibilities for its acquisition workforce. The report (GAO-19-509) is titled "Defense Acquisition Workforce: DOD Increased Use of Human Capital Flexibilities but Could Improve Monitoring".

The report was sent to Sen. James M. Inhofe, R-Oklahoma, chairman, Sen. Jack Reed, D-Rhode Island, ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Alabama, chairman, Sen. Richard Durbin, D-Illinois, ranking member of the Senate Appropriations ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on Defense Travel
WASHINGTON, Aug. 16 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on problems related to improper payments in the Department of Defense's travel pay program. The report (GAO-19-530) is titled "Defense Travel: DOD Should Strengthen Its Ongoing Actions to Reduce Improper Travel Payments".

The report was sent to Rep. Gary J. Palmer, R-Alabama, on Aug. 15. Here are excerpts of summaries associated with the report.

What GAO Found: "The Department of Defense's (DOD) Defense Travel System (DTS)--the primary system DOD uses to process travel payments--accounts for most of DOD's travel payments. ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on Electronic Cigarettes
WASHINGTON, Aug. 16 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on e-cigarettes imported into the U.S. from 2016 through 2018. The report (GAO-19-619R) is titled "Electronic Cigarettes: U.S. Imports, 2016-2018".

The report was sent to Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Oregon, ranking member of the Senate Finance Committee, on July 12. Here are excerpts of summaries associated with the report.

What GAO Found: "The customs value of e-cigarette devices, parts, and liquid imported into the United States in 2016 through 2018 was $2.4 billion, resulting in $120 million in tariff revenue. E-cigarette ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on Future Warfare
WASHINGTON, Aug. 16 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on the the Army's implementation of a new warfighting concept to guide how its forces will engage jointly with other services in multiple domains, especially in cyber and space. The report (GAO-19-570) is titled "Future Warfare: Army Is Preparing for Cyber and Electronic Warfare Threats, but Needs to Fully Assess the Staffing, Equipping, and Training of New Organizations".

The report was sent to Sen. James M. Inhofe, R-Oklahoma, chairman, Sen. Jack Reed, D-Rhode Island, ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on Medicare Part D
WASHINGTON, Aug. 16 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on the role of pharmacy benefit managers in the Part D program. The report (GAO-19-498) is titled "Medicare Part D: Use of Pharmacy Benefit Managers and Efforts to Manage Drug Expenditures and Utilization".

The report was sent to Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, chairman of the Senate Special Committee on Aging, and Rep. Richard Neal, D-Massachusetts, chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, on July 15. Here are excerpts of summaries associated with the report.

What GAO Found: "Medicare Part D plan sponsors used ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on Social Security, Medicare
WASHINGTON, Aug. 15 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on Social Security and Medicare trust funds. The report (GAO-19-596) is titled "Social Security and Medicare: Improved Schedule Management Needed for More Timely Trust Fund Reports".

The report was sent to Rep. Tom Reed, R-New York, ranking member of the House Ways and Means subcommittee on Social Security, on July 30. Here are excerpts of summaries associated with the report.

What GAO Found: "Annual reports on the status of Social Security and Medicare trust funds are developed through a collaboration between agency ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on Ex-Im Bank
WASHINGTON, Aug. 13 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on the status of the Export-Import Bank's monitoring of dual-use exports that it continued to finance in fiscal 2017, as of August 2019. The report (GAO-19-656R) is titled "Export-Import Bank: Status of End-Use Monitoring of Dual-Use Exports as of August 2019".

The report was sent to Sen. Michael Crapo. R-Idaho, chairman, Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, ranking member of the Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee, Sen. Lindsey O. Graham, R-South Carolina, chairman, Sen. Patrick J. Leahy, D-Vermont, ranking ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on Security Assistance
WASHINGTON, Aug. 13 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on human rights training for foreign security forces. The report (GAO-19-554) is titled "Security Assistance: U.S. Agencies Should Improve Oversight of Human Rights Training for Foreign Security Forces".

The report was sent to Sen. James M. Inhofe, R-Oklahoma, chairman, Sen. Jack Reed, D-Rhode Island, ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, Sen. James Risch, R-Idaho, chairman, Sen. Robert Menendez, D-New Jersey, ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Louisiana, ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on Guided Missile Frigate
WASHINGTON, Aug. 10 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on the FFG(X) Guided Missile Frigate program. The report (GAO-19-512) is titled "Guided Missile Frigate: Navy Has Taken Steps to Reduce Acquisition Risk, but Opportunities Exist to Improve Knowledge for Decision Makers".

The report was sent to Sen. James M. Inhofe, R-Oklahoma, chairman, Sen. Jack Reed, D-Rhode Island, ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Louisiana, chairman, Sen. Richard Durbin, D-Illinois, ranking member of the Senate Appropriations subcommittee on Defense, ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on Medicaid Payment
WASHINGTON, Aug. 10 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on the status of selected states' implementation of Medicaid third-party liability changes. The report (GAO-19-601) is titled "Medicaid Payment: CMS Has Not Overseen States' Implementation of Changes to Third-Party Liability".

The report was sent to Sen. Charles E. Grassley, R-Iowa, chairman, Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Oregon, ranking member of the Senate Finance Committee, Rep. Frank Pallone Jr., D-New Jersey, chairman, and Rep. Greg Walden, R-Oregon, ranking member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, on Aug. 9. Here ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on Obesity Drugs
WASHINGTON, Aug. 10 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on the prevalence of obesity and the use and insurance coverage of obesity drugs. The report (GAO-19-577) is titled "Obesity Drugs: Few Adults Used Prescription Drugs for Weight Loss and Insurance Coverage Varied".

The report was sent to Sen. Charles E. Grassley, R-Iowa, chairman, Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Oregon, ranking member of the Senate Finance Committee, Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tennessee, chairman, Sen. Patty Murray, D-Washington, ranking member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee, Rep. Frank ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on Global Tobacco Control
WASHINGTON, Aug. 9 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on U.S. global tobacco control efforts. The report (GAO-19-533R) is titled "Global Tobacco Control: U.S. Efforts Have Primarily Focused on Research and Surveillance".

The report was sent to Rep. Karen Bass, D-California, chair of the House Foreign Affairs subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations, and Rep. Lloyd Doggett, D-Texas, on Aug. 8. Here are excerpts of summaries associated with the report.

What GAO Found: "In fiscal years 2015 through 2018, U.S. agencies' funding ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on Nuclear Supply Chain
WASHINGTON, Aug. 9 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on the Department of Energy's use of the enhanced procurement authority and on the status of any previous recommendations. The report (GAO-19-606R) is titled "Nuclear Supply Chain: NNSA Should Notify Congress of Its Recommendations to Improve the Enhanced Procurement Authority".

The report was sent to Sen. James M. Inhofe, R-Oklahoma, chairman, Sen. Jack Reed, D-Rhode Island, ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, chairman, Sen. Joe Manchin, D-West Virginia, ranking member ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on Generic Drug Applications
WASHINGTON, Aug. 8 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on issues regarding the approval of generic drug applications in the first review cycle. The report (GAO-19-565) is titled "Generic Drug Applications: FDA Should Take Additional Steps to Address Factors That May Affect Approval Rates in the First Review Cycle".

The report was sent to Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tennessee, chairman, Sen. Patty Murray, D-Washington, ranking member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee, Rep. Frank Pallone Jr., D-New Jersey, chairman, Rep. Greg Walden, R-Oregon, republican ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on VA Health Care
WASHINGTON, Aug. 8 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on the Veterans Health Administration's efforts to assess the impact of the same-day services initiative on veterans' access to care. The report (GAO-19-546) is titled "VA Health Care: Goals and Related Measures Needed to Better Assess the Impact of Same-Day Services".

The report was sent to Rep. Jack Bergman, R-Michigan, ranking member of the House Veterans' Affairs Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, on Aug. 7. Here are excerpts of summaries associated with the report.

What GAO Found: "The Department of ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on Land Ports of Entry
WASHINGTON, Aug. 7 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on the Customs and Border Protection's process for inspecting passenger vehicles, pedestrians and commercial vehicles at land ports of entry's to secure the border. The report (GAO-19-658) is titled "Land Ports of Entry: CBP Should Update Policies and Enhance Analysis of Inspections".

The report was sent to Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wisconsin, chairman, and Sen. Gary C. Peters, D-Michigan, ranking member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, on Aug. 6. Here are excerpts of summaries associated ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on Federal Housing Administration
WASHINGTON, Aug. 3 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on the Distressed Asset Stabilization Program. The report (GAO-19-228) is titled "Federal Housing Administration: Opportunities Exist to Improve Defaulted Single-Family Loan Sales".

The report was sent to Rep. Maxine Waters, D-California, chairwoman of the House Financial Services Committee, on July 3. Here are excerpts of summaries associated with the report.

What GAO Found: "The Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD) Federal Housing Administration (FHA) uses multiple entities to check loan eligibility ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on Intelligence Community
WASHINGTON, Aug. 3 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on the extent to which the Defense Intelligence Agency has planned and overseen the Intelligence Community Centers for Academic Excellence program since 2011. The report (GAO-19-529) is titled "Intelligence Community: Actions Needed to Improve Planning and Oversight of the Centers for Academic Excellence Program".

The report was sent to Rep. Adam Schiff, D-California, chairman, Rep. Devin Nunes, R-California, ranking member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, Rep. Chris Stewart, R-Utah, and Rep. ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on State Department Reform Efforts
WASHINGTON, Aug. 3 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on the extent to which the Department of State addressed key practices critical to the successful implementation of agency reform efforts. The report (GAO-19-450) is titled "State Department: Leadership Focus Needed to Guide Agency Reform Efforts".

The report was sent to Sen. Robert Menendez, D-New Jersey, ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Sen. Gary C. Peters, D-Michigan, ranking member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, Sen. Lindsey O. Graham, R-South Carolina, ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on VA Nursing Home Care
WASHINGTON, Aug. 3 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on the Department of Veterans Affairs nursing home care. The report (GAO-19-428) is titled "VA Nursing Home Care: VA Has Opportunities to Enhance Its Oversight and Provide More Comprehensive Information on Its Website".

The report was sent to Sen. Jon Tester, D-Montana, ranking member of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee, Rep. Mark Takano, D-California, chairman of the House Veterans' Affairs Committee, Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D-Illinois, and Sen. Richard Durbin, D-Illinois, on July 3. Here are excerpts of summaries ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on Defense Logistics Agency
WASHINGTON, Aug. 1 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on the Defense Logistics Agency's reverse engineering efforts including the protection of small businesses' intellectual property. The report (GAO-19-586) is titled "Defense Logistics Agency: Small Businesses Participate in Reverse Engineering of Spare Parts".

The report was sent to Sen. James M. Inhofe, R-Oklahoma, chairman, and Sen. Jack Reed, D-Rhode Island, ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, on July 31. Here are excerpts of summaries associated with the report.

What GAO Found: "The Defense Logistics ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on Foreign Assistance
WASHINGTON, Aug. 1 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on guidelines for monitoring and evaluation of U.S. foreign assistance. The report (GAO-19-466) is titled "Foreign Assistance: Federal Monitoring and Evaluation Guidelines Incorporate Most but Not All Leading Practices".

The report was sent to Sen. James Risch, R-Idaho, chairman, Sen. Robert Menendez, D-New Jersey, ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Sen. Lindsey O. Graham, R-South Carolina, chairman, Sen. Patrick J. Leahy, D-Vermont, ranking member of the Senate Appropriations subcommittee on ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on Medicare Physician Services
WASHINGTON, Aug. 1 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on billing codes that may be used for longitudinal comprehensive care planning-type services for beneficiaries with a serious or life-threatening illness. The report (GAO-19-557) is titled "Medicare Physician Services: Spending On and Use of Billing Codes for Comprehensive Care Planning Services".

The report was sent to Sen. Charles E. Grassley, R-Iowa, chairman, Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Oregon, ranking member of the Senate Finance Committee, Rep. Frank Pallone Jr., D-New Jersey, chairman, Rep. Greg Walden, R-Oregon, ranking ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on Medicare Plan Finder
WASHINGTON, July 31 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on the usability of the Medicare Plan Finder and the completeness of its information. The report (GAO-19-627) is titled "Medicare Plan Finder: Usability Problems and Incomplete Information Create Challenges for Beneficiaries Comparing Coverage Options".

The report was sent to Rep. Richard Neal, D-Massachusetts, chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, on July 26. Here are excerpts of summaries associated with the report.

What GAO Found: "The Medicare Plan Finder (MPF) website--a primary resource for comparing ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on Medicaid
WASHINGTON, July 30 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on Medicaid disproportionate share hospital payments to hospitals. The report (GAO-19-603) is titled "Medicaid: States' Use and Distribution of Supplemental Payments to Hospitals".

The report was sent to Sen. Charles E. Grassley, R-Iowa, chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, and Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ohio, ranking member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, on July 19. Here are excerpts of summaries associated with the report.

What GAO Found: "Medicaid disproportionate share hospital (DSH) payments are one ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on Nuclear Security
WASHINGTON, July 30 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on the International Atomic Energy Agency's nuclear security program. The report (GAO-19-429) is titled "Nuclear Security: The International Atomic Energy Agency Could Improve Priority Setting, Performance Measures, and Funding Stabilization".

The report was sent to Sen. James E. Risch, R-Idaho, chairman, Sen. Robert Menendez, D-New Jersey, ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Sen. Benjamin Cardin, D-Maryland, on July 29. Here are excerpts of summaries associated with the report.

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GAO Issues Report on Water Resources Projects
WASHINGTON, July 30 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on the extent to which the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has addressed the Water Resources Reform and Development Act feasibility study acceleration provisions. The report (GAO-19-561) is titled "Water Resources Projects: Army Corps of Engineers Can Further Enhance Acceleration of Feasibility Studies".

The report was sent to Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyoming, chairman, Sen. Thomas Carper, D-Delaware, ranking member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, Rep. Peter DeFazio, D-Oregon, chairman, and Rep. Sam ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on Wireless Internet
WASHINGTON, July 30 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on wireless internet access for school-age children in lower-income households. The report (GAO-19-564) is titled "Wireless Internet: FCC Should Assess Making Off-School-Premises Access Eligible for Additional Federal Support".

The report was sent to Sen. Roger F. Wicker, R-Mississippi, chairman, Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Washington, ranking member of the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee, Rep. Frank Pallone Jr., D-New Jersey, chairman, and Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ohio, ranking member of the House Energy ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on Wireless Internet
WASHINGTON, July 30 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on wireless internet access for school-age children in lower-income households. The report (GAO-19-564) is titled "Wireless Internet: FCC Should Assess Making Off-School-Premises Access Eligible for Additional Federal Support".

The report was sent to Sen. Roger F. Wicker, R-Mississippi, chairman, Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Washington, ranking member of the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee, Rep. Frank Pallone Jr., D-New Jersey, chairman, and Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ohio, ranking member of the House Energy ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on Cybersecurity
WASHINGTON, July 28 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on federal agencies' cybersecurity risk management programs. The report (GAO-19-384) is titled "Cybersecurity: Agencies Need to Fully Establish Risk Management Programs and Address Challenges".

The report was sent to Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wisconsin, chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Maryland, chairman, Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, ranking member of the House Oversight and Reform Committee, Sen. Thomas Carper, D-Delaware, and Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, on ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on DOD Depot Maintenance
WASHINGTON, July 28 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on the Department of Defense depot maintenance. The report (GAO-19-452) is titled "Depot Maintenance: DOD Should Adopt a Metric That Provides Quality Information on Funded Unfinished Work".

The report was sent to Rep. John Garamendi, D-California, chairman, Rep. Doug Lamborn, R-Colorado, ranking member of the House Armed Services subcommittee on Readiness, and Rep. Joe Wilson, R-South Carolina, on July 26. Here are excerpts of summaries associated with the report.

What GAO Found: "Each year, billions of dollars of ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on Electronic Health Records
WASHINGTON, July 28 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on key aspects of Veterans Health Information Systems and Technology Architecture and the Department of Veterans Affairs's plans for the new acquisition of the Cerner system. The report (GAO-19-125) is titled "Electronic Health Records: VA Needs to Identify and Report System Costs".

The report was sent to Rep. Mark Takano, D-California, chairman, and Rep. Phil Roe, R-Tennessee, ranking member of the House Veterans' Affairs Committee, on July 25. Here are excerpts of summaries associated with the report.

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GAO Issues Report on Federal Information Security
WASHINGTON, July 28 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on federal agencies' information security policies and practices. The report (GAO-19-545) is titled "Federal Information Security: Agencies and OMB Need to Strengthen Policies and Practices".

The report was sent to Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wisconsin, chairman, Sen. Gary C. Peters, D-Michigan, ranking member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Maryland, chairman, and Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, ranking member of the House Oversight and Reform Committee, on July 26. Here ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on Federal Information Security
WASHINGTON, July 28 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on federal agencies' information security policies and practices. The report (GAO-19-545) is titled "Federal Information Security: Agencies and OMB Need to Strengthen Policies and Practices".

The report was sent to Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wisconsin, chairman, Sen. Gary C. Peters, D-Michigan, ranking member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Maryland, chairman, and Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, ranking member of the House Oversight and Reform Committee, on July 26. Here ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on Federal Rulemaking
WASHINGTON, July 28 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on the extent to which selected agencies clearly communicate their practices associated with identity information. The report (GAO-19-483) is titled "Federal Rulemaking: Selected Agencies Should Clearly Communicate Practices Associated with Identity Information in the Public Comment Process".

The report was sent to Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, chairman, Sen. Thomas Carper, D-Delaware, ranking member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Permanent subcommittee on Investigations, Sen. James Lankford, ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on Federal Student Loans
WASHINGTON, July 28 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on indicators of potential fraud or error in income and family size information provided by borrowers on Income-Driven Repayment plans. The report (GAO-19-347) is titled "Federal Student Loans: Education Needs to Verify Borrowers' Information for Income-Driven Repayment Plans".

The report was sent to Rep. Virginia Foxx, R-North Carolina, ranking member of the House Education and Labor Committee, and Rep. Brett Guthrie, R-Kentucky, on June 25. Here are excerpts of summaries associated with the report.

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GAO Issues Report on Federal Student Loans
WASHINGTON, July 28 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on indicators of potential fraud or error in income and family size information provided by borrowers on Income-Driven Repayment plans. The report (GAO-19-347) is titled "Federal Student Loans: Education Needs to Verify Borrowers' Information for Income-Driven Repayment Plans".

The report was sent to Rep. Virginia Foxx, R-North Carolina, ranking member of the House Education and Labor Committee, and Rep. Brett Guthrie, R-Kentucky, on June 25. Here are excerpts of summaries associated with the report.

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GAO Issues Report on Nutrition Education
WASHINGTON, July 28 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on the extent to which Department of Agriculture has information on participation, expenditures and effectiveness for its nutrition education programs. The report (GAO-19-572) is titled "Nutrition Education: USDA Actions Needed to Assess Effectiveness, Coordinate Programs, and Leverage Expertise".

The report was sent to Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-Connecticut, chairwoman of the House Appropriations subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies, and Rep. Tim Ryan, D-Ohio, on July 25. Here ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on Nutrition Education
WASHINGTON, July 28 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on the extent to which Department of Agriculture has information on participation, expenditures and effectiveness for its nutrition education programs. The report (GAO-19-572) is titled "Nutrition Education: USDA Actions Needed to Assess Effectiveness, Coordinate Programs, and Leverage Expertise".

The report was sent to Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-Connecticut, chairwoman of the House Appropriations subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies, and Rep. Tim Ryan, D-Ohio, on July 25. Here ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on Public Safety Officers' Benefits Program
WASHINGTON, July 28 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on the Bureau of Justice Assistance's reporting on Public Safety Officers' Benefits claims related to 9/11. The report (GAO-19-521R) is titled "Public Safety Officers' Benefits Program: Improvements Needed to Strengthen Reporting on 9/11-Related Claims".

The report was sent to Sen. Lindsey O. Graham, R-South Carolina, chairman, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-California, ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-New York, chairman, and Rep. Doug Collins, R-Georgia, ranking member of the House ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on Civil Monetary Penalties
WASHINGTON, July 25 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on agencies' compliance with the annual inflation adjustments required by the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act. The report (GAO-19-567R) is titled "Civil Monetary Penalties: Review of Federal Agencies' Compliance with the 2018 Annual Inflation Adjustment Requirements".

The report was sent to Sen. Lindsey O. Graham, R-South Carolina, chairman, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-California, ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-New York, chairman, and Rep. Doug Collins, R-Georgia, ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on Equal Employment Opportunity
WASHINGTON, July 25 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on the Department of Homeland Security's efforts to identify and address barriers to equal employment opportunity in its workforce. The report (GAO-19-573) is titled "Equal Employment Opportunity: DHS Could Better Address Challenges to Ensuring EEO in Its Workforce".

The report was sent to Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Mississippi, chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, on July 24. Here are excerpts of summaries associated with the report.

What GAO Found: "The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has identified ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on K-12 Education
WASHINGTON, July 25 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on inspection and remediation efforts that protect children from exposure to lead in schools. The report (GAO-19-461R) is titled "K-12 Education: School Districts' Efforts to Address Lead-Based Paint".

The report was sent to Sen. Patty Murray, D-Washington, ranking member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee, and Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, on July 9. Here are excerpts of summaries associated with the report.

What GAO Found: "An estimated 12 percent of school districts inspected their schools ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on Nursing Homes
WASHINGTON, July 24 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on abuse of residents in nursing homes. The report (GAO-19-433) is titled "Nursing Homes: Improved Oversight Needed to Better Protect Residents from Abuse".

The report was sent to Sen. Charles E. Grassley, R-Iowa, chairman, Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Oregon, ranking member of the Senate Finance Committee, Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, chairman, and Sen. Thomas Carper, D-Delaware, ranking member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Permanent subcommittee on Investigations, on June 13. Here are excerpts of summaries ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on Rail Transit
WASHINGTON, July 23 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on factors affecting the costs to build transit projects. The report (GAO-19-562) is titled "Rail Transit: Federal Transit Administration Could Improve Information on Estimating Project Costs".

The report was sent to Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, chairman, Sen. Jack Reed, D-Rhode Island, ranking member of the Senate Appropriations subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development and Related Agencies, Rep. David E. Price, D-North Carolina, chairman, and Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, R-Florida, ranking member of ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on 2020 Census
WASHINGTON, July 20 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on the Census Bureau's progress in opening area census offices. The report (GAO-19-602) is titled "2020 Census: Bureau Is Making Progress Opening Offices and Recruiting, but Could Improve Its Ability to Evaluate Training".

The report was sent to Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Maryland, chairman, Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, ranking member of the House Oversight and Reform Committee, Rep. Gerald "Gerry" Connolly, D-Virginia, chairman, and Rep. Mark Meadows, R-North Carolina, ranking member of the House Oversight and Government ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on Discretionary Transportation Grants
WASHINGTON, July 20 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on the Department of Transportation's process for evaluating and selecting applications for awards. The report (GAO-19-541) is titled "Discretionary Transportation Grants: Actions Needed to Improve Consistency and Transparency in DOT's Application Evaluations".

The report was sent to Sen. Roger F. Wicker, R-Mississippi, chairman, Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Washington, ranking member of the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee, Rep. Peter DeFazio, D-Oregon, chairman, Rep. Sam Graves, R-Missouri, ranking ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on VA Mental Health
WASHINGTON, July 19 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on factors that contribute to providers' treatment decisions for veterans with mental health conditions. The report (GAO-19-465) is titled "VA Mental Health: VHA Improved Certain Prescribing Practices, but Needs to Strengthen Treatment Plan Oversight".

The report was sent to Rep. Jack Bergman, R-Michigan, ranking member of the House Veterans' Affairs Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, and Rep. Ann Kuster, D-New Hampshire, on June 17. Here are excerpts of summaries associated with the report.

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GAO Issues Report on Air Traffic Control
WASHINGTON, July 19 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on planned improvements to aircraft surveillance. The report (GAO-19-532) is titled "Air Traffic Control: FAA's Analysis of Costs and Benefits Drove Its Plans to Improve Surveillance in U.S. Oceanic Airspace".

The report was sent to Rep. Peter DeFazio, D-Oregon, chairman, and Rep. Sam Graves, R-Missouri, ranking member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, on July 17. Here are excerpts of summaries associated with the report.

What GAO Found: "The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) evaluated ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on Army Modernization
WASHINGTON, July 19 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on how the establishment of Army Futures Command could affect small businesses that support research and development efforts. The report (GAO-19-511) is titled "Army Modernization: Army Futures Command Should Take Steps to Improve Small Business Engagement for Research and Development".

The report was sent to Sen. Benjamin Cardin, D-Maryland, ranking member of the Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee, on July 17. Here are excerpts of summaries associated with the report.

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GAO Issues Report on Border Security
WASHINGTON, July 19 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on the extent to which the Border Security Improvement Plan includes the elements required by the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act. The report (GAO-19-538R) is titled "Border Security: Assessment of the Department of Homeland Security's Border Security Improvement Plan".

The report was sent to Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-West Virginia, chairman, Sen. Jon Tester, D-Montana, ranking member of the Senate Appropriations subcommittee on Homeland Security, Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard, D-California, chairman, ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on Consumer Reporting Agencies
WASHINGTON, July 19 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on issues related to the consumer reporting market. The report (GAO-19-459) is titled "Consumer Reporting Agencies: CFPB Should Define Its Supervisory Expectations".

The report was sent to Sen. Mike Crapo, R-Idaho, chairman, Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, ranking member of the Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee, Rep. Maxine Waters, D-California, chairwoman, and Rep. Patrick McHenry, R-North Carolina, ranking member of the House Financial Services Committee, on July 16. Here are excerpts of summaries ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on DATA Act
WASHINGTON, July 19 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on the Digital Accountability and Transparency Act. The report (GAO-19-537) is titled "DATA Act: Customer Agencies' Experiences Working with Shared Service Providers for Data Submissions".

The report was sent to Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wisconsin, chairman, Sen. Gary C. Peters, D-Michigan, ranking member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, chairman, Sen. Thomas Carper, D-Delaware, ranking member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Permanent subcommittee ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on IRS Information System Security Controls
WASHINGTON, July 19 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on the status of Internal Revenue Service's corrective actions to address information system control. The report (GAO-19-474R) is titled "Management Report: Improvements Are Needed to Enhance the Internal Revenue Service's Information System Security Controls".

The report was sent to Charles P. Rettig, commissioner of Internal Revenue Service, on July 18. Here are excerpts of summaries associated with the report.

What GAO Found: "During its audit of the Internal Revenue Service's (IRS) fiscal years 2018 and 2017 financial ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on Nonimmigrant Investors
WASHINGTON, July 19 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on the Department of State's and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services' E-2 adjudication process. The report (GAO-19-547) is titled "Nonimmigrant Investors: Actions Needed to Improve E-2 Visa Adjudication and Fraud Coordination".

The report was sent to Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, chairman of the Joint Economic Committee, on July 17. Here are excerpts of summaries associated with the report.

What GAO Found: "The Department of State (State) and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) annually adjudicated about ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on EPA Advisory Committees
WASHINGTON, July 16 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on issues related to how the Environmental Protection Agency appoints advisory committee members. The report (GAO-19-280) is titled "EPA Advisory Committees: Improvements Needed for the Member Appointment Process".

The report was sent to Sen. Tom Carper, D-Delaware, ranking member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-Rhode Island, ranking member of the Senate Environment and Public Works subcommittee on Clean Air and Nuclear Safety, Sen. Michael F. Bennet, D-Colorado, Sen. ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on K-12 Education Alternative Schools
WASHINGTON, July 16 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on alternative schools. The report (GAO-19-373) is titled "K-12 Education: Certain Groups of Students Attend Alternative Schools in Greater Proportions Than They Do Other Schools".

The report was sent to Rep. Robert C. Scott, D-Virginia, chairman of the House on Education and Labor Committee, on June 13. Here are excerpts of summaries associated with the report.

What GAO Found: "Certain groups of students are overrepresented at alternative schools--public schools with a disciplinary or academic focus that serve students ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on Medicare Synchronizing Medication Refills
WASHINGTON, July 16 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on the use of medication synchronization. The report (GAO-19-520) is titled "Medicare: Limited Information Exists on the Effects of Synchronizing Medication Refills".

The report was sent to Sen. Charles E. Grassley, R-Iowa, chairman, Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Oregon, ranking member of the Senate Finance Committee, Rep. Frank Pallone Jr., D-New Jersey, chairman, Rep. Greg Walden, R-Oregon, ranking member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, Rep. Richard Neal, D-Massachusetts, chairman, and Rep. Kevin Brady, R-Texas, ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on Agricultural Lending
WASHINGTON, July 13 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on agricultural credit services provided to socially disadvantaged farmers and ranchers. The report (GAO-19-539) is titled "Agricultural Lending: Information on Credit and Outreach to Socially Disadvantaged Farmers and Ranchers Is Limited".

The report was sent to Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kansas, chairman, Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Michigan, ranking member of the Senate Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry Committee, Rep. Collin C. Peterson, D-Minnesota, chairman, Rep. K. Michael Conaway, R-Texas, ranking member of the House ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on Border Infrastructure
WASHINGTON, July 13 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on land border crossing infrastructure. The report (GAO-19-534) is titled "Border Infrastructure: Actions Needed to Improve Information on Facilities and Capital Planning at Land Border Crossings".

The report was sent to Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Mississippi, chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, Rep. Martha McSally, R-Arizona, and Rep. Filemon Vela, D-Texas, on July 11. Here are excerpts of summaries associated with the report.

What GAO Found: "The Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) U.S. Customs and ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on Defense Acquisitions
WASHINGTON, July 13 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on how the Department of Defense implements acquisition-related National Defense Authorization Act provisions in the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement and communicates with stakeholders throughout that process. The report (GAO-19-489) is titled "Defense Acquisitions: DOD Needs to Improve How It Communicates the Status of Regulation Changes".

The report was sent to Sen. James M. Inhofe, R-Oklahoma, chairman, Sen. Jack Reed, D-Rhode Island, ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, Sen. Richard ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on Retirement Security
WASHINGTON, July 13 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on the trends in corporate restructuring. The report the trends in corporate restructuring is titled "Retirement Security: Trends in Corporate Restructurings and Implications for Employee Pensions".

The report was sent to Rep. Robert C. Scott, D-Virginia, chairman of the House on Education and Labor Committee , on July 12. Here are excerpts of summaries associated with the report.

What GAO Found: "Over the past 20 years, corporate restructurings, particularly mergers and acquisitions (M&A) tended to happen more frequently ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on Drug Control
WASHINGTON, July 10 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on the structure of the Department of Defense and the Department of Homeland Security joint task forces in combating the flow of illicit drugs. The report (GAO-19-441) is titled "Drug Control: Certain DOD and DHS Joint Task Forces Should Enhance Their Performance Measures to Better Assess Counterdrug Activities".

The report was sent to Sen. Roger F. Wicker, R-Mississippi, chairman of the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee, Sen. John Thune, R-South Dakota, and Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, on July ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on Dam Safety
WASHINGTON, July 10 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on the Army Corps of Engineers' decisions regarding cost sharing with irrigation districts for the repair project at the Harlan County Dam. The report (GAO-19-593R) is titled "Dam Safety: Army Corps' Decisions about and Status of Repayment for Harlan County Dam Repairs".

The report was sent to Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, chairman, Sen. Joe Manchin, D-West Virginia, ranking member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyoming, chairman, Sen. Thomas Carper, D-Delaware, ranking ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on Individual Retirement Accounts
WASHINGTON, July 9 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on the extent to which the Department of Labor and the Internal Revenue Service collaborate on oversight of prohibited transaction rules for individual retirement accounts. The report (GAO-19-495) is titled "Individual Retirement Accounts: Formalizing Labor's and IRS's Collaborative Efforts Could Strengthen Oversight of Prohibited Transactions".

The report was sent to Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Oregon, ranking member of the Senate Finance Committee, on June 7. Here are excerpts of summaries associated with the report.

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GAO Issues Report on Federal Construction
WASHINGTON, July 3 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on federal construction contract change processes and timeframes. The report (GAO-19-500) is titled "Federal Construction: Army Corps of Engineers and GSA Need to Improve Data on Contract Changes".

The report was sent to Rep. Nydia M. Velazquez, D-New York, chairwoman, Rep. Steve Chabot, R-Ohio, ranking member of the House Small Business Committee, and Rep. Stephanie Murphy, D-Florida, on July 2. Here are excerpts of summaries associated with the report.

What GAO Found: "Multiple factors affect the time it takes to ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on Federal Oil, Gas Royalties
WASHINGTON, July 2 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on the Office of Natural Resources Revenue's federal oil and gas royalty compliance efforts. The report (GAO-19-410) is titled "Federal Oil and Gas Royalties: Additional Actions Could Improve ONRR's Ability to Assess Its Royalty Collection Efforts".

The report was sent to Rep. Raul Grijalva, D-Arizona, chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee, and Rep. Alan Lowenthal, D-California, chairman of the House Natural Resources subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources, on May 31. Here are excerpts of summaries ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on Health Centers
WASHINGTON, July 2 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on the sources and amounts of health center revenue. The report (GAO-19-496) is titled "Health Centers: Trends in Revenue and Grants Supported by the Community Health Center Fund".

The report was sent to Sen. Charles E. Grassley, R-Iowa, chairman, and Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Oregon, ranking member of the Senate Finance Committee, on May 30. Here are excerpts of summaries associated with the report.

What GAO Found: "Health centers' revenue more than doubled from calendar years 2010 through 2017, from $12.7 billion to $26.3 ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on Rail Safety
WASHINGTON, July 2 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on the safety and other impacts of longer freight trains. The report (GAO-19-443) is titled "Rail Safety: Freight Trains Are Getting Longer, and Additional Information Is Needed to Assess Their Impact".

The report was sent to Rep. Peter DeFazio, D-Oregon, chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, Rep. Daniel Lipinski, D-Illinois, chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials, Rep. Andre Carson, D-Indiana, Rep. Jim Cooper, ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on Defense Business Transformation
WASHINGTON, June 29 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on the cross-enterprise activities of inspector general offices within the Department of Defense. The report (GAO-19-559R) is titled "Defense Business Transformation: Cross-Enterprise Activities of Selected DOD Inspector General Offices".

The report was sent to Sen. James M. Inhofe, R-Oklahoma, chairman, Sen. Jack Reed, D-Rhode Island, ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, Rep. Adam Smith, D-Washington, chairman, and Rep. Mac Thornberry, R-Texas, ranking member of the House Armed Services Committee, ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on U.S. Territories
WASHINGTON, June 29 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on U.S. territories public debt outlook. The report (GAO-19-525) is titled "U.S. Territories: Public Debt Outlook - 2019 Update".

The report was sent to Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, chairman, Sen. Joe Manchin, D-West Virginia, ranking member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, and Rep. Raul Grijalva, D-Arizona, chairman, Rep. Rob Bishop, R-Utah, ranking member of the House Natural Resources Committee, on June 28. Here are excerpts of summaries associated with the report.

What GAO Found: "Puerto ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on DOD Contract Financing
WASHINGTON, June 28 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on the Department of Defense contract financing policy. The report (GAO-19-406) is titled "Contract Financing: DOD Should Comprehensively Assess How Its Policies Affect the Defense Industry".

The report was sent Sen. James M. Inhofe, R-Oklahoma, chairman, Sen. Jack Reed, D-Rhode Island, ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Alabama, chairman, Sen. Richard Durbin, D-Illinois, ranking member of the Senate Appropriations subcommittee on Defense, Rep. Adam Smith, D-Washington, chairman, ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on International Trade
WASHINGTON, June 28 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on the extent of foreign sourcing in government procurement across countries. The report (GAO-19-414) is titled "International Trade: Foreign Sourcing in Government Procurement".

The report was sent to Sen. Jeffrey A. Merkley, D-Oregon, ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations subcommittee on Multilateral International Development, Multilateral Institutions, and International Economic, Energy, and Environmental Policy and Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wisconsin, on May 30. Here are excerpts of summaries associated with ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on Military Personnel
WASHINGTON, June 28 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on the Department of Defense's officer appointment processes. The report (GAO-19-527R) is titled "Military Personnel: Factors Affecting Approval Time for Officer Appointments".

The report was sent to Sen. James M. Inhofe, R-Oklahoma, chairman, Sen. Jack Reed, D-Rhode Island, ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, Rep. Adam Smith, D-Washington, chairman, and Rep. Mac Thornberry, R-Texas, ranking member of the House Armed Services Committee, on June 27. Here are excerpts of summaries associated with the ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on Military Personnel
WASHINGTON, June 28 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on the Department of Defense's officer appointment processes. The report (GAO-19-527R) is titled "Military Personnel: Factors Affecting Approval Time for Officer Appointments".

The report was sent to Sen. James M. Inhofe, R-Oklahoma, chairman, Sen. Jack Reed, D-Rhode Island, ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, Rep. Adam Smith, D-Washington, chairman, and Rep. Mac Thornberry, R-Texas, ranking member of the House Armed Services Committee, on June 27. Here are excerpts of summaries associated with the ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on Northern Border Security
WASHINGTON, June 28 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on the Customs and Border Protection's efforts to secure the northern border between ports of entry. The report (GAO-19-470) is titled "Northern Border Security: CBP Identified Resource Challenges but Needs Performance Measures to Assess Security Between Ports of Entry".

The report was sent to Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wisconsin, chairman, and Sen. Gary C. Peters, D-Michigan, ranking member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, on June 26. Here are excerpts of summaries associated with the report.

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GAO Issues Report on U.S. Airlines
WASHINGTON, June 28 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on U.S. airlines' foreign ownership and control laws. The report (GAO-19-540R) is titled "U.S. Airlines: Information on DOT's Oversight of and Stakeholders' Perspectives on Foreign Ownership".

The report was sent to Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, chairman of the Joint Economic Committee, and Rep. Mark Green, R-Tennessee, on June 25. Here are excerpts of summaries associated with the report.

What GAO Found: "Department of Transportation (DOT) is responsible for overseeing U.S. airlines' compliance with foreign ownership and ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on U.S. Airlines
WASHINGTON, June 28 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on U.S. airlines' foreign ownership and control laws. The report (GAO-19-540R) is titled "U.S. Airlines: Information on DOT's Oversight of and Stakeholders' Perspectives on Foreign Ownership".

The report was sent to Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, chairman of the Joint Economic Committee, and Rep. Mark Green, R-Tennessee, on June 25. Here are excerpts of summaries associated with the report.

What GAO Found: "Department of Transportation (DOT) is responsible for overseeing U.S. airlines' compliance with foreign ownership and ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on USCG Management of Great Lakes Pilotage Program
WASHINGTON, June 28 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on the Coast Guard's management of the Great Lakes Pilotage Program. The report (GAO-19-493) is titled "Coast Guard: Stakeholders' Views on Issues and Options for Managing the Great Lakes Pilotage Program".

The report was sent to Sen. Roger F. Wicker, R-Mississippi, chairman of the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee, Sen. John Thune, R-South Dakota, Sen. Todd Young, R-Indiana, Sen. Gary C. Peters, D-Michigan, on June 26. Here are excerpts of summaries associated with the report.

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GAO Issues Report on Voter Registration
WASHINGTON, June 28 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on the Department of Justice's efforts to ensure states and localities comply with the National Voter Registration Act requirements to offer registration opportunities and administer voter registration list maintenance programs, and address potential instances of election fraud. The report (GAO-19-485) is titled "Voter Registration: Information on Federal Enforcement Efforts and State and Local List Management".

The report was sent to Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-California, ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on Voter Registration
WASHINGTON, June 28 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on the Department of Justice's efforts to ensure states and localities comply with the National Voter Registration Act requirements to offer registration opportunities and administer voter registration list maintenance programs, and address potential instances of election fraud. The report (GAO-19-485) is titled "Voter Registration: Information on Federal Enforcement Efforts and State and Local List Management".

The report was sent to Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-California, ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on Civilian Marksmanship Program
WASHINGTON, June 21 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on matters related to the transfer and subsequent sale of the surplus Army firearms to the Civilian Marksmanship Program. The report (GAO-19-555R) is titled "Civilian Marksmanship Program: Army Funded Report Addresses Various Aspects of the Sale of Surplus Firearms".

The report was sent to Sen. James M. Inhofe, R-Oklahoma, chairman, Sen. Jack Reed, D-Rhode Island, ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Alabama, chairman, Sen. Richard Durbin, D-Illinois, ranking member of the Senate ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on Defense Infrastructure
WASHINGTON, June 21 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on the Department of Defense's management of historic properties in use on U.S. installations. The report (GAO-19-335) is titled "Defense Infrastructure: Additional Actions Could Enhance DOD's Efforts to Identify, Evaluate, and Preserve Historic Properties".

The report was sent to Sen. John Boozman, R-Arkansas, chairman, Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, ranking member of the Senate Appropriations subcommittee on Military Construction, Veteran's Affairs, and Related Agencies, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Florida, chairman, ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on Federal Housing Administration
WASHINGTON, June 21 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on the Federal Housing Administration's effectiveness and efficiency in reaching determinations of conveyable condition. The report (GAO-19-517) is titled "Federal Housing Administration: Improved Procedures and Assessment Could Increase Efficiency of Foreclosed Property Conveyances".

The report was sent to Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, chairman, Sen. Jack Reed, D-Rhode Island, ranking member of the Senate Appropriations subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development and Related Agencies, Rep. David E. ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on Federal Housing Administration
WASHINGTON, June 21 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on the Federal Housing Administration's effectiveness and efficiency in reaching determinations of conveyable condition. The report (GAO-19-517) is titled "Federal Housing Administration: Improved Procedures and Assessment Could Increase Efficiency of Foreclosed Property Conveyances".

The report was sent to Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, chairman, Sen. Jack Reed, D-Rhode Island, ranking member of the Senate Appropriations subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development and Related Agencies, Rep. David E. ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on Foster Care
WASHINGTON, June 21 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on supervised independent living arrangements and services for older youth. The report (GAO-19-411) is titled "Foster Care: States with Approval to Extend Care Provide Independent Living Options for Youth up to Age 21".

The report was sent to Rep. Danny K. Davis, D-Illinois, chairman, Rep. Jackie Walorski, R-Indiana, ranking member of the House Ways and Means subcommittee on Worker and Family Support, on May 21. Here are excerpts of summaries associated with the report.

What GAO Found: "The 26 states that have approval ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on Land, Water Conservation Fund
WASHINGTON, June 21 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on the Land and Water Conservation Fund. The report (GAO-19-346) is titled "Land and Water Conservation Fund: Variety of Programs Supported, but Improvements in Data Collection Needed at BLM".

The report was sent to Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, chairman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, on May 31. Here are excerpts of summaries associated with the report.

What GAO Found: "From fiscal years 2014 through 2018, Congress appropriated nearly $1.9 billion from the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF). ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on NASA Commercial Crew Program
WASHINGTON, June 21 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on the the extent to which the Commercial Crew Program and its contractors have made progress towards certification. The report (GAO-19-504) is titled "NASA Commercial Crew Program: Schedule Uncertainty Persists for Start of Operational Missions to the International Space Station".

The report was sent to Sen. Jerry Moran, R-Kansas, chairman, Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-New Hampshire, ranking member of the Senate Appropriations subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies, Rep. Jose Serrano, D-New York, ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on NASA Human Space Exploration
WASHINGTON, June 21 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on NASA's human space exploration programs. The report (GAO-19-377) is titled "NASA Human Space Exploration: Persistent Delays and Cost Growth Reinforce Concerns over Management of Programs".

The report was sent to Sen. Jerry Moran, R-Kansas, chairman, Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-New Hampshire, ranking member of the Senate Appropriations subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies, Rep. Jose Serrano, D-New York, chairman, and Rep. Robert Aderholt, R-Alabama, ranking member of the House Appropriations ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on NASA Human Space Exploration
WASHINGTON, June 21 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on NASA's human space exploration programs. The report (GAO-19-377) is titled "NASA Human Space Exploration: Persistent Delays and Cost Growth Reinforce Concerns over Management of Programs".

The report was sent to Sen. Jerry Moran, R-Kansas, chairman, Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-New Hampshire, ranking member of the Senate Appropriations subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies, Rep. Jose Serrano, D-New York, chairman, and Rep. Robert Aderholt, R-Alabama, ranking member of the House Appropriations ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on Veterans Health Administration
WASHINGTON, June 21 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on the Veterans Health Administration's oversight of Veterans Integrated Service Networks. The report (GAO-19-462) is titled "Veterans Health Administration: Regional Networks Need Improved Oversight and Clearly Defined Roles and Responsibilities".

The report was sent to Rep. Julia Brownley, D-California, chair, Rep. Neal Dunn, R-Florida, ranking member of the House Veterans' Affairs subcommittee on Health, Rep. Peter DeFazio, D-Oregon, Rep. Ann Kuster, D-New Hampshire, and Rep. Brad Wenstrup, R-Ohio,on June 19. Here ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on K-12 Education
WASHINGTON, June 19 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on the number of districts that reported all zeros or that left fields blank pertaining to restraint and seclusion. The report (GAO-19-551R) is titled "K-12 Education: Education Should Take Immediate Action to Address Inaccuracies in Federal Restraint and Seclusion Data".

The report was sent to Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Missouri, chairman, Sen. Patty Murray, D-Washington, ranking member of the Senate Appropriations subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies, Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-Connecticut, ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on Nuclear Weapons
WASHINGTON, June 18 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on the National Nuclear Security Administration's high explosive capabilities specific to nuclear weapons. The report (GAO-19-449) is titled "Nuclear Weapons: Additional Actions Could Help Improve Management of Activities Involving Explosive Materials".

The report was sent to Sen. James M. Inhofe, R-Oklahoma, chairman, Sen. Jack Reed, D-Rhode Island, ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tennessee, chairman, Sen.Dianne Feinstein, D-California, ranking member of the Senate Appropriations ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on Transitioning Servicemembers
WASHINGTON, June 18 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on Military Employment Assistance Centers. The report (GAO-19-438R) is titled "Transitioning Servicemembers: Information on Military Employment Assistance Centers".

The report was sent to Sen. James M. Inhofe, R-Oklahoma, chairman, Sen. Jack Reed, D-Rhode Island, ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, Rep. Adam Smith, D-Washington, chairman, and Rep. Mac Thornberry, R-Texas, ranking member of the House Armed Services Committee, on June 17. Here are excerpts of summaries associated with the report.

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GAO Issues Report on Data Protection
WASHINGTON, June 15 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on federal agencies' actions to ensure the effectiveness of agencies' remote identity proofing processes. The report (GAO-19-288) is titled "Data Protection: Federal Agencies Need to Strengthen Online Identity Verification Processes".

The report was sent to Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Oregon, ranking member of the Senate Finance Committee, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Massachusetts, ranking member of the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Protection, Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on Federal Retirement
WASHINGTON, June 15 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on potential improvements in federal retirement processing at the Office of Personnel Management. The report (GAO-19-217) is titled "Federal Retirement: OPM Actions Needed to Improve Application Processing Times".

The report was sent to Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, D-Maryland, chairman, Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, ranking member of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, Rep. Gerald Connolly, D-Virginia, chairman, and Rep. Mark Meadows, R-North Carolina, ranking member of the House Oversight and Government Reform ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on Army Corps of Engineers
WASHINGTON, June 14 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on how the Army Corps of Engineers prioritizes funding for Section 219 projects. The report (GAO-19-487) is titled "Army Corps of Engineers: Process for Selecting Section 219 Projects for Funding Could Be Strengthened".

The report was sent to Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyoming, chairman, Sen. Tom Carper, D-Delaware, ranking member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, Rep. Peter DeFazio, D-Oregon, chairman, Rep. Sam Graves, R-Missouri, ranking member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on Tobacco Taxes
WASHINGTON, June 14 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on the market shifts among smoking tobacco products. The report (GAO-19-467) is titled "Tobacco Taxes: Market Shifts toward Lower-Taxed Products Continue to Reduce Federal Revenue".

The report was sent to Sen. Charles E. Grassley, R-Iowa, chairman, Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Oregon, ranking member of the Senate Finance Committee, on June 13. Here are excerpts of summaries associated with the report.

What GAO Found: "Large federal excise tax disparities among similar tobacco products after enactment of the Children's Health ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on VA Real Property
WASHINGTON, June 14 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on how the Department of Veterans Affairs incorporates veterans' changing needs and expectations into facility planning. The report (GAO-19-440) is titled "VA Real Property: Improvements in Facility Planning Needed to Ensure VA Meets Changes in Veterans' Needs and Expectations".

The report was sent to Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-Georgia, chairman, Sen. Jon Tester, D-Montana, ranking member of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee, and Sen. Jerry Moran, R-Kansas, on June 13. Here are excerpts of summaries associated with ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on Climate Resilience
WASHINGTON, June 13 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on the Department of Defense's progress in developing a means to account for potentially damaging weather in its facilities project designs. The report (GAO-19-453) is titled "Climate Resilience: DOD Needs to Assess Risk and Provide Guidance on Use of Climate Projections in Installation Master Plans and Facilities Designs".

The report was sent to Sen. John Boozman, R-Arkansas, chairman, Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, ranking member of the Senate Appropriations subcommittee on Military Construction, Veterans' Affairs, ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on Commercial Aviation
WASHINGTON, June 13 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on airline information technology outages. The report (GAO-19-514) is titled "Commercial Aviation: Information on Airline IT Outages".

The report was sent to Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Washington, ranking member of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, on June 12. Here are excerpts of summaries associated with the report.

What GAO Found: "The Department of Transportation (DOT) and, within it, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) have limited roles overseeing or addressing the effects of outages ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on DOD Health Care
WASHINGTON, June 13 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on the extent to which the referral management process facilitates the coordination of primary and specialty care for TRICARE Prime beneficiaries. The report (GAO-19-488) is titled "DOD Health Care: Improvements Needed for Tracking Coordination of Specialty Care Referrals for TRICARE Prime Beneficiaries".

The report was sent to Sen. James M. Inhofe, R-Oklahoma, chairman, Sen. Jack Reed, D-Rhode Island, ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, Rep. Adam Smith, D-Washington, chairman, and Rep. Mac Thornberry, ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on KC-46 Tanker Modernization
WASHINGTON, June 13 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on the KC-46 programs progress toward meeting cost, schedule and performance goals. The report (GAO-19-480) is titled "KC-46 Tanker Modernization: Aircraft Delivery Has Begun, but Deficiencies Could Affect Operations and Will Take Time to Correct".

The report was sent to Rep. Joe Courtney, D-Connecticut, chairman, and Rep. Robert J. Wittman, R-Virginia, ranking memberof the House Armed Services subcommittee on Seapower and Projection Forces, on June 12. Here are excerpts of summaries associated with the report.

What ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on VA Health Care
WASHINGTON, June 13 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on the Department of Veterans Affairs' use of community care and efforts to develop budget estimates for this care. The report (GAO-19-478) is titled "VA Health Care: Estimating Resources Needed to Provide Community Care".

The report was sent to Sen. Jon Tester, D-Montana, ranking member of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee, Rep. Mark Takano, D-California, chairman, and Rep. David P. Roe, R-Tennessee, ranking member of the House Veterans' Affairs Committee, on June 12. Here are excerpts of summaries associated ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on Federal Agencies' Legacy Systems
WASHINGTON, June 12 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on federal agencies' legacy systems. The report (GAO-19-471) is titled "Information Technology: Agencies Need to Develop Modernization Plans for Critical Legacy Systems".

The report was sent to Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, D-Maryland, chairman, Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, ranking member of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, Rep. Gerald Connolly, D-Virginia, chairman, Rep. Mark Meadows, R-North Carolina, ranking member of the House Oversight and Government Reform subcommittee on Government Operations, Rep. ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on Child Care, Early Education
WASHINGTON, June 8 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on all state early care and education programs. The report (GAO-19-375) is titled "Child Care and Early Education: Most States Offer Preschool Programs and Rely on Multiple Funding Sources".

The report was sent to , Rep. Virginia Foxx, R-North Carolina, ranking member of the House Education and Labor Committee, on May 8. Here are excerpts of summaries associated with the report.

What GAO Found: "GAO's national survey of state program officials identified 86 state early care and education (ECE) programs: 73 preschool ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on Elder Justice
WASHINGTON, June 8 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on elder justice efforts in the federal criminal justice system. The report (GAO-19-365) is titled "Elder Justice: Goals and Outcome Measures Would Provide DOJ with Clear Direction and a Means to Assess Its Efforts".

The report was sent to Sen. James E. Risch, R-Idaho, chairman, Sen. Robert Menendez, D-New Jersey, ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Sen. Lindsey O. Graham, R-South Carolina, chairman, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-California, ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Sen. Susan ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on Insurance Markets
WASHINGTON, June 8 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on new uses of technologies and potential benefits and challenges for insurers and their customers. The report (GAO-19-423) is titled "Insurance Markets: Benefits and Challenges Presented by Innovative Uses of Technology".

The report was sent to Rep. Patrick McHenry, R-North Carolina, ranking member of the House Financial Services Committee, Rep. Buddy Carter, R-Georgia, Rep. Michael T. McCaul, R-Texas, Rep. Scott R. Tipton, R-Colorado, Rep. Ann Wagner, R-Missouri, and Rep. Robert Woodall, R-Georgia, on June 7. Here ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on Immigration Enforcement
WASHINGTON, June 7 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on the extent to which Immigration and Customs Enforcement has developed and implemented policies for handling and tracking cases of potentially removable veterans. The report (GAO-19-416) is titled "Immigration Enforcement: Actions Needed to Better Handle, Identify, and Track Cases Involving Veterans".

The report was sent to Rep. Mark Takano, D-California, chairman of the House Veterans' Affairs Committee, and Rep. Juan Vargas, D- California, on June 6. Here are excerpts of summaries associated with the report.

What ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on Missile Defense
WASHINGTON, June 7 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on the extent to which the Missile Defense Agency made progress in developing and delivering integrated regional Ballistic Missile Defense System capabilities. The report (GAO-19-387) is titled "Missile Defense: Delivery Delays Provide Opportunity for Increased Testing to Better Understand Capability".

The report was sent to Sen. James M. Inhofe, R-Oklahoma, chairman, Sen. Jack Reed, D-Rhode Island, ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Alabama, chairman, Sen. Richard Durbin, ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on Aviation Security
WASHINGTON, June 5 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on the Transportation Security Administration's measures to prevent behavior detection activities from resulting in unlawful profiling. The report (GAO-19-268) is titled "Aviation Security: TSA Has Policies that Prohibit Unlawful Profiling But Should Improve Its Oversight of Behavior Detection Activities".

The report was sent to Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Mississippi, chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, and Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman, D-New Jersey, on April 23. Here are excerpts of summaries associated with ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on Federal Real Property
WASHINGTON, June 5 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on the General Services Administration's delegated leasing program. The report (GAO-19-405) is titled "Federal Real Property: GSA Needs to Strengthen Oversight of Its Delegated Leasing Program".

The report was sent to Sen. Gary C. Peters, D-Michigan, ranking member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, and Sen. Thomas Carper, D-Delaware, on June 3. Here are excerpts of summaries associated with the report.

What GAO Found: "The General Services Administration (GSA) has taken steps to reform its delegated ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on Renewable Fuel Standard
WASHINGTON, June 5 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on issues related to the effects of the Renewable Fuel Standard. The report (GAO-19-47) is titled "Renewable Fuel Standard: Information on Likely Program Effects on Gasoline Prices and Greenhouse Gas Emissions".

The report was sent to Sen. James Lankford, R-Oklahoma, chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs subcommittee on Regulatory Affairs and Federal Management, on May 3. Here are excerpts of summaries associated with the report.

What GAO Found: "Effect on prices. Evidence from studies, ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on School Meals Programs
WASHINGTON, June 5 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on improper payment error rates and potential fraud in the school meals programs. The report (GAO-19-389) is titled "School Meals Programs: USDA Has Reported Taking Some Steps to Reduce Improper Payments but Should Comprehensively Assess Fraud Risks".

The report was sent to Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kansas, chairman of the Senate Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry Committee, Rep. Virginia Foxx, R-North Carolina, ranking member of the House Education and Labor Committee, Sen. John Boozman, R-Arkansas, chairman of the Senate ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on West Bank, Gaza
WASHINGTON, June 5 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on issues related to U.S. education assistance to the West Bank and Gaza. The report (GAO-19-448) is titled "West Bank and Gaza: State Has Taken Actions to Address Potentially Problematic Textbook Content but Should Improve Its Reporting to Congress".

The report was sent to Sen. James E. Risch, R-Idaho, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, on June 4. Here are excerpts of summaries associated with the report.

What GAO Found: "The U.S. government funded an estimated $243 million for education assistance ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on Critical Infrastructure Protection
WASHINGTON, June 5 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Transportation roles and responsibilities for pipeline security. The report (GAO-19-426) is titled "Critical Infrastructure Protection: Key Pipeline Security Documents Need to Reflect Current Operating Environment".

The report was sent to Sen. Roger F. Wicker, R-Mississippi, chairman, Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Washington, ranking member of the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee, Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Mississippi, chairman, Rep. Mike Rogers, ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on Disaster Assistance for Individuals with Disabilities
WASHINGTON, June 5 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on disaster assistance for individuals who are older or have disabilities. The report (GAO-19-318) is titled "Disaster Assistance: FEMA Action Needed to Better Support Individuals Who Are Older or Have Disabilities".

The report was sent to Sen. Michael Enzi, R-Wyoming, chairman of the Senate Budget Committee, Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wisconsin, chairman, Sen. Gary C. Peters, D-Michigan, ranking member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida, chairman of the Senate Small ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on DOD Acquisition Reform
WASHINGTON, June 5 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on the progress the Department of Defense has made implementing selected oversight reforms related to major defense acquisition programs. The report (GAO-19-439) is titled "DOD Acquisition Reform: Leadership Attention Needed to Effectively Implement Changes to Acquisition Oversight".

The report was sent to Sen. James M. Inhofe, R-Oklahoma, chairman, Sen. Jack Reed, D-Rhode Island, ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, Rep. Adam Smith, D-Washington, chairman, and Rep. Mac Thornberry, R-Texas, ranking ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on 2020 Census
WASHINGTON, June 1 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on the Census Bureau's management of risks to the 2020 census. The report (GAO-19-399) is titled "2020 Census: Additional Actions Needed to Manage Risk".

The report was sent to Sen. Gary C. Peters, D-Michigan, ranking member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Maryland, chairman, Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, ranking member of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, Rep. Gerald E. Connolly, D-Virginia, chairman, and Rep. Mark Meadows, R-North Carolina, ranking member ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on Retirement Security
WASHINGTON, June 1 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on the extent to which parental or spousal caregiving affects retirement security. The report (GAO-19-382) is titled "Retirement Security: Some Parental and Spousal Caregivers Face Financial Risks".

The report was sent to Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, chairman, and Sen. Robert P. Casey Jr., D-Pennsylvania, ranking member of the Senate Special Committee on Aging, on May 1. Here are excerpts of summaries associated with the report.

What GAO Found: "An estimated one in 10 Americans per year cared for a parent or spouse ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on Hardrock Mining
WASHINGTON, May 31 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on trends in U.S. net import reliance percentages for 15 hardrock minerals from 1990 through 2017. The report (GAO-19-434R) is titled "Hardrock Mining: Trends in U.S. Reliance on Imports for Selected Minerals".

The report was sent to Sen. Tom Udall, D-New Mexico, ranking member of the Senate Appropriations subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies, on April 30. Here are excerpts of summaries associated with the report.

What GAO Found: "From 1990 through 2017, the U.S. reliance on imports of 15 hardrock ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on Military Justice
WASHINGTON, May 31 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on racial and gender disparities in the military justice system. The report (GAO-19-344) is titled "Military Justice: DOD and the Coast Guard Need to Improve Their Capabilities to Assess Racial and Gender Disparities".

The report was sent to Rep. Adam Smith, D-Washington, chairman, and Rep. Mac Thornberry, R-Texas, ranking member of the House Armed Services Committee, on May 30. Here are excerpts of summaries associated with the report.

What GAO Found: "The military services collect gender information, but they do ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on NASA Assessments of Major Projects
WASHINGTON, May 31 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on selected large-scale NASA programs, projects and activities. The report (GAO-19-262SP) is titled "NASA: Assessments of Major Projects".

The report was sent to Sen. Jerry Moran, R-Kansas, chairman, Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-New Hampshire, ranking member of the Senate Appropriations subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, chairman, Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Arizona, ranking member of the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation subcommittee on Aviation and Space, Rep. ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on Child Care
WASHINGTON, May 29 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on the Child Care and Development Fund. The report (GAO-19-261) is titled "Child Care: States Report Child Care and Development Funds Benefit All Children in Care".

The report was sent to Rep. Robert C. Scott, D-Virginia, chairman of the House Education and Labor Committee, and Rep. Danny K. Davis, D-Illinois, chairman of the House Ways and Means subcommittee on Worker and Family Support, on April 25. Here are excerpts of summaries associated with the report.

What GAO Found: "A majority of states used funding from ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on Advanced Manufacturing
WASHINGTON, May 25 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on the Manufacturing USA program. The report (GAO-19-409) is titled "Advanced Manufacturing: Innovation Institutes Have Demonstrated Initial Accomplishments, but Challenges Remain in Measuring Performance and Ensuring Sustainability".

The report was sent to Sen. Jerry Moran, R-Kansas, chairman, Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-New Hampshire, ranking member of the Senate Appropriations subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies, Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Alabama, chairman, Sen. Richard Durbin, D-Illinois, ranking ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on Commercial Space Transportation
WASHINGTON, May 25 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on the Federal Aviation Administration's actions to integrate commercial space launches into the national airspace. The report (GAO-19-437) is titled "Commercial Space Transportation: Improvements to FAA's Workforce Planning Needed to Prepare for the Industry's Anticipated Growth".

The report was sent to Rep. Peter DeFazio, D-Oregon, chairman, Rep. Sam Graves, R-Missouri, ranking member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, and Rep. Rick Larsen, D-Washington, chairman of the House Transportation ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on Ex-Im Bank
WASHINGTON, May 25 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on the Export-Import Bank's antifraud controls. The report (GAO-19-337) is titled "Export-Import Bank: EXIM Should Explore Using Available Data to Identify Applicants with Delinquent Federal Debt".

The report was sent to Sen. Mike Crapo, R-Idaho, chairman, Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, ranking member of the Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee, Sen. Lindsey O. Graham, R-South Carolina, chairman, Sen. Patrick J. Leahy, D-Vermont, ranking member of the Senate Appropriations subcommittee on State, Foreign ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on Private Student Loans
WASHINGTON, May 25 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on the implementation and effects of private student loan rehabilitation programs. The report (GAO-19-430) is titled "Private Student Loans: Clarification from CFPB Could Help Ensure More Consistent Opportunities and Treatment for Borrowers".

The report was sent to Sen. Mike Crapo, R-Idaho, chairman, Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, ranking member of the Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee, Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tennessee, chairman, Sen. Patty Murray, D-Washington, ranking member of the Senate Health, ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on Children Affected by Trauma
WASHINGTON, May 23 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on selected states' efforts to support children affected by trauma. The report (GAO-19-388) is titled "Children Affected by Trauma: Selected States Report Various Approaches and Challenges to Supporting Children".

The report was sent to Rep. Danny K. Davis, D-Illinois, chairman of the House Ways and Means subcommittee on Worker and Family Support, and Sen. Richard Durbin, D-Illinois, on April 24. Here are excerpts of summaries associated with the report.

What GAO Found: "The Department of Health and Human Services ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on Congressional Award Foundation
WASHINGTON, May 23 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on the Congressional Award Foundation's fiscal 2018 financial statement audit. The report (GAO-19-472R) is titled "Congressional Award Foundation: Review of the Audit of the Financial Statements for Fiscal Year 2018".

The report was sent to Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wisconsin, chairman, Sen. Gary C. Peters, D-Michigan, ranking member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, Rep. Robert C. Scott, D-Virginia, chairman, Rep. Virginia Foxx, R-North Carolina, ranking member of the House Education and ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on Global Positioning System
WASHINGTON, May 23 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on the next generation Global Positioning System acquisition programs. The report (GAO-19-250) is titled "Global Positioning System: Updated Schedule Assessment Could Help Decision Makers Address Likely Delays Related to New Ground Control System".

The report was sent to Sen. James M. Inhofe, R-Oklahoma, chairman, Sen. Jack Reed, D-Rhode Island, ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Alabama, chairman, Sen. Richard Durbin, D-Illinois, ranking member of the Senate Appropriations ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on Prescription Opioids
WASHINGTON, May 23 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on Medicare's drug management programs. The report (GAO-19-446) is titled "Prescription Opioids: Voluntary Medicare Drug Management Programs to Control Misuse".

The report was sent to Sen. Charles E. Grassley, R-Iowa, chairman, Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Oregon, ranking member of the Senate Finance Committee, Rep. Frank Pallone Jr., D-New Jersey, chairman, Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ohio, ranking member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, Rep. Richard Neal, D-Massachusetts, chairman, and Rep. Kevin Brady, R-Texas, ranking member ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on Secret Service
WASHINGTON, May 23 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on the progress made by the Secret Service in implementing the Protective Mission Panel's recommendations. The report (GAO-19-415) is titled "U.S. Secret Service: Further Actions Needed to Fully Address Protective Mission Panel Recommendations".

The report was sent to Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wisconsin, chairman, Sen. Gary C. Peters, D-Michigan, ranking member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, Sen. Lindsey O. Graham, R-South Carolina, chairman, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-California, ranking ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on Tribal Energy
WASHINGTON, May 23 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on the extent to which General Services Administration, the Departments of Defense and the Energy Department have used the tribal energy preference. The report (GAO-19-359) is titled "Tribal Energy: Opportunities Exist to Increase Federal Agencies' Use of the Tribal Preference Authority".

The report was sent to Sen. Tom Udall, D-New Mexico, vice chairman of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee, on April 19. Here are excerpts of summaries associated with the report.

What GAO Found: "None of the three primary federal ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on Defense Management
WASHINGTON, May 18 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on aspects of the Department of Defense Corrosion Office. The report (GAO-19-513) is titled "Defense Management: Observations on Changes to the Reporting Structure for DOD's Corrosion Office and Its Implementation of GAO Recommendations".

The report was sent to Sen. James M. Inhofe, R-Oklahoma, chairman, Sen. Jack Reed, D-Rhode Island, ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, Rep. Adam Smith, D-Washington, chairman, and Rep. Mac Thornberry, R-Texas, ranking member of the House Armed Services Committee, ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on Medicaid Demonstrations
WASHINGTON, May 18 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services's transparency policies and procedures for new demonstrations and extensions. The report (GAO-19-315) is titled "Medicaid Demonstrations: Approvals of Major Changes Need Increased Transparency".

The report was sent to Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Oregon, ranking member of the Senate Finance Committee, and Rep. Frank Pallone Jr., D-New Jersey, chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, on April 17. Here are excerpts of summaries associated with the report.

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GAO Issues Report on Hardrock Mining
WASHINGTON, May 17 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on hardrock mining data related to mining on federal lands. The report (GAO-19-435R) is titled "Hardrock Mining: Availability of Selected Data Related to Mining on Federal Lands".

The report was sent to Sen. Tom Udall, D-New Mexico, ranking member of the Senate Appropriations subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies, on May 16. Here are excerpts of summaries associated with the report.

What GAO Found: "Of the six agencies in GAO's review--Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Fish and Wildlife Service ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on Federal Contracting
WASHINGTON, May 16 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on issues related to federal contractors and tax debt. The report (GAO-19-243) is titled "Federal Contracting: Opportunities to Improve Compliance with Regulations and Enhance Tax Collections".

The report was sent to Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Maryland, chairman, Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, ranking member of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, Rep. Richard Neal, D-Massachusetts, chairman, and Rep. Kevin Brady, R-Texas, ranking member of the House Ways and Means Committee, on April 15. Here are excerpts of ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on Financial Audit of Fiscal Service's FY 2018 Schedules of General Fund
WASHINGTON, May 16 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on financial audit of the Bureau of the Fiscal Service's fiscal 2018 Schedules of the General Fund. The report (GAO-19-185) is titled "Financial Audit: Bureau of the Fiscal Service's Fiscal Year 2018 Schedules of the General Fund".

The report was sent to David Lebryk, fiscal assistant secretary of the Treasury Department, on May 15. Here are excerpts of summaries associated with the report.

What GAO Found: "Certain significant deficiencies in internal control over financial reporting and other limitations on the scope ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on Bank Supervision
WASHINGTON, May 15 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on how consistent regulators' revised policies and procedures are with leading risk-management practices. The report (GAO-19-352) is titled "Bank Supervision: Regulators Improved Supervision of Management Activities but Additional Steps Needed".

The report was sent to Jerome H. Powell, chairman of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, Jelena McWilliams, chairman of the Board of Directors Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, and Comptroller of the Currency Joseph M. Otting, on May 14. Here are excerpts ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on Ex-Im Bank
WASHINGTON, May 15 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on the Export-Import Bank's underwriting process. The report (GAO-19-43) is titled "Export-Import Bank: Enhancements Needed in Credit Program Underwriting Policies and Procedures".

The report was sent to Sen. Mike Crapo, R-Idaho, chairman, Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, ranking member of the Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee, Rep. Maxine Waters, D-California, chairwoman, and Rep. Patrick McHenry, R-North Carolina, ranking member of the House Financial Services Committee, on May 14. Here are excerpts ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on Combating Nuclear Terrorism
WASHINGTON, May 14 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on the Securing the Cities program. The report (GAO-19-327) is titled "Combating Nuclear Terrorism: DHS Should Address Limitations to Its Program to Secure Key Cities".

The report was sent to Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wisconsin, chairman, Sen. Gary C. Peters, D-Michigan, ranking member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, and Rep. Peter T. King, R-New York, ranking member of the House Homeland Security subcommittee on Emergency Preparedness, Response, and Recovery, on May 13. Here are excerpts ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on Emergency Assistance for Zika
WASHINGTON, May 14 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on the status of U.S. Agency for International Development and the Department of State funding for U.S. Zika response overseas. The report (GAO-19-356) is titled "Emergency Assistance for Zika: USAID Supported Activities Overseas but Could Improve Funds Tracking and Response Planning".

The report was sent to Sen. Lindsey O. Graham, R-South Carolina, chairman, Sen. Patrick J. Leahy, D-Vermont, ranking member of the Senate Appropriations subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs, Rep. Nita M. Lowey, ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on Special Operations Forces
WASHINGTON, May 14 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Special Operations and Low-Intensity Conflict's oversight of special operations forces. The report (GAO-19-386) is titled "Special Operations Forces: Additional Actions Are Needed to Effectively Expand Management Oversight".

The report was sent to Sen. James M. Inhofe, R-Oklahoma, chairman, Sen. Jack Reed, D-Rhode Island, ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, Rep. Adam Smith, D-Washington, chairman, and Rep. Mac Thornberry, R-Texas, ranking member ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on Cloud Computing
WASHINGTON, May 9 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on agencies' reported use of cloud services. The report (GAO-19-58) is titled "Cloud Computing: Agencies Have Increased Usage and Realized Benefits, but Cost and Savings Data Need to Be Better Tracked".

The report was sent to Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Maryland, chairman, Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, ranking member of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, Rep. Gerald "Gerry" Connolly, D-Virginia, chairman, Rep. Mark Meadows, R-North Carolina, ranking member of the House Oversight and Government Reform subcommittee ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on Indian Issues
WASHINGTON, May 9 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on the ability of Farm Credit System to meet the agricultural credit needs of Indian tribes and their members on tribal land. The report (GAO-19-464) is titled "Indian Issues: Agricultural Credit Needs and Barriers to Lending on Tribal Lands".

The report was sent to Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kansas, chairman, Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Michigan, ranking member of the Senate Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry Committee, Rep. Collin C. Peterson, D-Minnesota, chairman, Rep. K. Michael Conaway, R-Texas, ranking member of the House ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on IRS Financial Statements
WASHINGTON, May 9 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on the Internal Revenue Service's fiscal 2018 and 2017 financial statements. The report (GAO-19-412R) is titled "Management Report: Improvements Are Needed to Enhance the Internal Revenue Service's Internal Control over Financial Reporting".

The report was sent to Charles P. Rettig, commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service, on May 9. Here are excerpts of summaries associated with the report.

What GAO Found: "During its audit of the Internal Revenue Service's (IRS) fiscal years 2018 and 2017 financial statements, ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on Priority Open Recommendations for Transportation Department
WASHINGTON, May 9 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on priority recommendations for the Transportation Department. The report (GAO-19-550SP) is titled "Priority Open Recommendations: U.S. Department of Transportation".

The report was sent to Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao, on April 29. Here are excerpts of summaries associated with the report.

What GAO Found: "In April 2018, GAO identified 13 priority recommendations for the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT). Since then, DOT has implemented 3 of those recommendations by, among other things, addressing ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on Taxpayer Information
WASHINGTON, May 9 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on the Internal Revenue Service's efforts to track, monitor and deter theft of taxpayer information from third parties. The report (GAO-19-340) is titled "Taxpayer Information: IRS Needs to Improve Oversight of Third-Party Cybersecurity Practices".

The report was sent to Rep. Kevin Brady, R-Texas, ranking member of the House Ways and Means Committee, on May 9. Here are excerpts of summaries associated with the report.

What GAO Found: "Federal law and guidance require that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) protect the ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on Whistleblowers
WASHINGTON, May 9 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on best practices for working with whistleblowers. The report (GAO-19-432) is titled "Whistleblowers: Key Practices for Congress to Consider When Receiving and Referring Information".

The report was sent to Rep. Tim Ryan, D-Ohio, chairman, and Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Washington, ranking member of the House Appropriations subcommittee on the Legislative Branch, on May 7. Here are excerpts of summaries associated with the report.

What GAO Found: "The Congress receives whistleblower information in multiple ways. ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on Ginnie Mae
WASHINGTON, May 4 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on the Government National Mortgage Association. The report (GAO-19-191) is titled "Ginnie Mae: Risk Management and Staffing-Related Challenges Need to Be Addressed".

The report was sent to Rep. Sean P. Duffy, R-Wisconsin, ranking member of the House Financial Services subcommittee Housing, Community Development and Insurance, on April 3. Here are excerpts of summaries associated with the report.

What GAO Found: "The amount of mortgage-backed securities (MBS) that the Government National Mortgage Association (Ginnie ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on Army Corps of Engineers Coastal Infrastructure Risk Management
WASHINGTON, May 1 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on the uses, costs and benefits of natural coastal infrastructure for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' coastal storm and flood risk management projects. The report (GAO-19-319) is titled "Army Corps of Engineers: Consideration of Project Costs and Benefits in Using Natural Coastal Infrastructure and Associated Challenges".

The report was sent to Sen. Thomas Carper, D-Delaware, ranking member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, and Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-Rhode Island, on March 28. Here are excerpts ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on FITARA Implementation
WASHINGTON, May 1 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on implementation of the Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act provisions. The report (GAO-19-131) is titled "Information Technology: Effective Practices Have Improved Agencies' FITARA Implementation".

The report was sent to Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Maryland, chairman, Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, ranking member of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, Rep. Gerald "Gerry" Connolly, D-Virginia, chairman, Rep. Mark Meadows, R-North Carolina, ranking member of the House Oversight and Government ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on Federal Workforce Talent Management Strategies
WASHINGTON, May 1 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on issues related to the future of federal work and the workforce. The report (GAO-19-181) is titled "Federal Workforce: Key Talent Management Strategies for Agencies to Better Meet Their Missions".

The report was sent to Sen. Gary C. Peters, D-Michigan, ranking member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, and Sen. James Lankford, R-Oklahoma, chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs subcommittee on Regulatory Affairs and Federal Management, on March 28. Here are excerpts of ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on F-35 Joint Strike Fighter
WASHINGTON, May 1 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on the F-35 acquisition program. The report (GAO-19-341) is titled "F-35 Joint Strike Fighter: Action Needed to Improve Reliability and Prepare for Modernization Efforts".

The report was sent to Sen. James M. Inhofe, R-Oklahoma, chairman, Sen. Jack Reed, D-Rhode Island, ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Alabama, chairman, Sen. Richard Durbin, D-Illinois, ranking member of the Senate Appropriations subcommittee on Defense, Rep. Adam Smith, D-Washington, chairman, Rep. Mac Thornberry, ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on DATA Act
WASHINGTON, May 1 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on the Digital Accountability and Transparency Act. The report (GAO-19-299) is titled "DATA Act: Pilot Effectively Tested Approaches for Reducing Reporting Burden for Grants but Not for Contracts".

The report was sent to Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wisconsin, chairman, Sen. Gary C. Peters, D-Michigan, ranking member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Maryland, chairman, Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, ranking member of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, Rep. ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on Military Depots
WASHINGTON, May 1 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on the condition of facilities at the Department of Defense's depots. The report (GAO-19-242) is titled "Military Depots: Actions Needed to Improve Poor Conditions of Facilities and Equipment That Affect Maintenance Timeliness and Efficiency".

The report was sent to Sen. James M. Inhofe, R-Oklahoma, chairman, and Sen. Jack Reed, D-Rhode Island, ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, on April 29. Here are excerpts of summaries associated with the report.

What GAO Found: "The condition of facilities at ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on Priority Open Recommendations for Commerce Department
WASHINGTON, May 1 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on priority recommendations for the Commerce Department. The report (GAO-19-381SP) is titled "Priority Open Recommendations: Department of Commerce".

The report was sent to Secretary of Commerce Wilbur L. Ross Jr., on April 23. Here are excerpts of summaries associated with the report.

What GAO Found: "In April 2018, GAO identified 26 priority recommendations for the Department of Commerce (Commerce). Since then, Commerce has implemented 10 of those recommendations by, among other things, taking actions to improve its ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on Veterans Health Administration Performance Recommendations
WASHINGTON, May 1 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on the Veterans Health Administration's management of medical center performance. The report (GAO-19-350) is titled "Veterans Health Administration: Past Performance System Recommendations Have Not Been Implemented".

The report was sent to Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-Georgia, chairman, Sen. Jon Tester, D-Montana, ranking member of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee, Rep. Mark Takano, D-California, chairman, Rep. Phil Roe, R-Tennessee, ranking member of the House Veterans' Affairs Committee, and Rep. Derek Kilmer, D-Washington, ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on Tax Debt Collection Contracts
WASHINGTON, April 30 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on the Internal Revenue Service's private debt collection program. The report (GAO-19-193) is titled "Tax Debt Collection Contracts: IRS Analysis Could Help Improve Program Results and Better Protect Taxpayers".

The report was sent to Sen. Charles E. Grassley, R-Iowa, chairman, Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Oregon, ranking member of the Senate Finance Committee, Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, chairman, Sen. Robert Casey, D-Pennsylvania, ranking member of the Senate Special Committee on Aging, Rep. John Lewis, D-Georgia, chairman, ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on Retirement Savings
WASHINGTON, April 30 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on early withdrawals from retirement savings. The report (GAO-19-179) is titled "Retirement Savings: Additional Data and Analysis Could Provide Insight into Early Withdrawals".

The report was sent to Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, chairman, and Sen. Robert Casey, D-Pennsylvania, ranking member of the Senate Special Committee on Aging, on March 28. Here are excerpts of summaries associated with the report.

What GAO Found: In 2013 individuals in their prime working years (ages 25 to 55) removed at least $69 billion (+/- ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on Priority Open Recommendations for EPA
WASHINGTON, April 27 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on priority recommendations for the Environmental Protection Agency. The report (GAO-19-308SP) is titled "Priority Open Recommendations: Environmental Protection Agency".

The report was sent to Andrew Wheeler, administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, on April 19. Here are excerpts of summaries associated with the report.

What GAO Found: "In March 2018, GAO identified 19 priority recommendations for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Since then, EPA has implemented five of those recommendations ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on Priority Open Recommendations for Homeland Security Department
WASHINGTON, April 27 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on priority recommendations for the Department of Homeland Security. The report (GAO-19-360SP) is titled "Priority Open Recommendations: Department of Homeland Security".

The report was sent to Kevin K. McAleenan, acting secretary of Homeland Security, on April 19. Here are excerpts of summaries associated with the report.

What GAO Found: "In April 2018, GAO identified 19 priority recommendations for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Since then, DHS has implemented 4 of those recommendations by, among other ... Show Full Article

GAO Issues Report on 2017 Disaster Contracting
WASHINGTON, April 25 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on the federal government's response to three major hurricanes in 2017, as well as the 2017 California wildfires. The report (GAO-19-281) is titled "2017 Disaster Contracting: Actions Needed to Improve the Use of Post-Disaster Contracts to Support Response and Recovery".

The report was sent to Sen. Michael Enzi, R-Wyoming, chairman of the Senate Budget Committee, Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wisconsin, chairman, Sen. Gary C. Peters, D-Michigan, ranking member of the Senate Homelan